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Do-it-yourself grotto: some interesting and simple ideas
In some cases, a grotto for an aquarium with your own hands is needed immediately: for example, you were presented with beginners, and the “pool” for them turned out to be cramped. In anticipation of improving their living conditions, fish can kill each other.
Save the situation can house “fast”.
A glass bottle of the desired size is taken (for example, from under a ketchup), washed, boiled and dried. Dry aquarium sand crumbles on the newspaper, the container is covered with silicone and rolled around in the ground. In an hour, when the silicone grasps firmly enough, the pebbles and pebbles glue along the stuck sand.
They add aesthetics and give the bottle stability. A similar grotto for an aquarium should dry up overnight so that the silicone will find its ultimate strength.
In the morning it can be placed in the reservoir to the fighters.
Aquariums are a whole universe for such small living creatures of the water element as fish, skates, crustaceans, snails, snakes … Their number is pleasantly shocking in any artificial pond. DIY crafts for the aquarium are an exclusive creative process depending on the talent of the owner.
Aquarists have great pride in the wonderful creations they have created. These masterpieces are beautiful and at the same time convenient for aquatic inhabitants of aquariums.
How many species can be embodied in the manufacture of a magnificent brainchild!
Skilful craftsmen make treasures of the sunk ships from ordinary small pebbles. Special love and demand are flat stones of small size and regular rounded shape. Making decorations for aquariums is made according to the plan and fantasy of the master.
Bonding of stones is created by special silicone according to the artist’s drawings. It can be a stone fortress or cliffs, a stone bridge or a mysterious cave.
Scenery for aquarium in the form of small pebbles goes well with sand waterfall and wooden crafts. Natural stone is easy to use and has global opportunities to create unusual figures. You can use a smooth pebble, which is well fixed with silicone glue.
It is forbidden to make decorations for aquariums from alkaline materials. They change the chemical composition of water, creating unsuitable conditions for existence. In such a situation, aquatic inhabitants may die.
To check the stones for the presence of alkalinity, apple cider vinegar should be dropped onto their surface. When sizzling bubbles appear, the use of such pebbles is prohibited, since an alkaline reaction has occurred. Such material contains calcareous molecules and is unsuitable for use.
With a neutral reaction pebbles stacked on the bottom of the aquarium or glued with glue.
The decoration for the aquarium in the form of stones combines well with shells and corals. Such material is loved by African cichlids living in such natural conditions. For other types of marine life is better to use the types of stones:
You can not use decorations for aquariums with strongly pointed edges, as fish can get hurt. Stone figures are indispensable for home and office aquariums.
They fill the inner space well, creating a world of fairy tales.
Decorations for aquariums are especially appreciated when created with their own hands. The beauty of the water element can be shown in all its glory with the diligence and talent of the master. Only with his imagination and skill can we realize and reproduce the mysterious water crafts.
They will attract and delight numerous spectators with fabulous fantasies made of wood, stone, foam plastic, beads, ornamental plants, and sand. The world inside the aquarium will seem real, mysterious and attracts the eyes of others.
Aquarium decoration: photos, video examples, styles and options
And so, as you know, in order for fish to appear in your house, you need a vessel and water. However, aquaria is not just a banal maintenance of fish, it is the creation of a closed ecosystem, an imitation of the natural conditions of the maintenance of aquatic organisms. It is trite, but aquarian art begins with fish.
Before you think about the design of the aquarium, first of all you need to decide on your desires and those fish that will swim in your pond. And this is very important!
Each individual fish needs its own housing conditions, its own water parameters, and other conditions. And it is for them that one needs to build an “aquarian house,” it is from this that one must make a start. For example, if you decide to start African cichlids and at the same time want to see a garden of living aquarium plants in your aquarium … You initially doom yourself to an actually impossible task.
The natural habitat of most African cichlids is the rocky shores of the r. Nyasa and r. Tangany, there are no plants, no algae – this is the “stone desert”. If the cichlids in the aquarium put the plants, they will pull them up and destroy.
Based on the foregoing, we advise first of all, decide on the fish that will live in your aquarium, study their characteristics and habits, read and learn the conditions of their maintenance. And so after embarking and thinking about the design of the aquarium.
REGISTRATION AQUARIUM GROUND The soil is one of the most important elements of the aquarium, it is his mood. It is very important to approach the issue of his choice with particular attention, because in addition to the decorative functions, the soil plays the role of: a substrate for plants, for spawning and fish life. It is important to choose the desired fraction of soil, it is important to choose the required volume of soil, and only then the color of the soil.
On our site there is a good article about the selection and selection of the soil, we suggest to read – HERE.
Speaking about the decorative properties of the soil, it is recommended to choose the soil of darker tones, so that the bright and light colors of the aquarium bottom do not overshadow the charm and beauty of the “main heroes of the day” – fish. REGISTRATION OF THE AQUARIUM BY STONES AND GROUTES.
An important technical nuance when designing an aquarium with stones, grottoes, caves, etc. is the use of non-toxic, non-toxic materials. If stones, snags are selected and made independently, you need to do everything according to the rules and make sure that they do not emit harmful substances into the water.
Certainly the decorations should not be made of limestone, rubber and metal, no paints and enamels.
Speaking about the aesthetic part of the pond, you should always remember that stones, grottoes, snags take in the aquarium “living space” – living space. The number of such decor is calculated based on the volume of the aquarium and the needs of the fish themselves. In addition, it should be borne in mind that large decorative elements are placed on the edges of the aquarium or into the background.
You should not put a huge castle in the middle. This is equivalent to having people put a refrigerator in the middle of the kitchen, and not into a corner.
Aquarium is an amphitheater of life!
REGISTRATION AQUARIUM FONOM. The background of the aquarium for the aquarium dwellers themselves is not so important. In fact, the fish can live without it.
The background is more important for a person, it can be said – these are “aquarium curtains”, which play a more aesthetic role than a technical one.
For information on what are aquarium backgrounds, how to make and attach them, see HERE.
REGISTRATION OF THE AQUARIUM OF LIVING AND ARTIFICIAL PLANTS.
Continuing to use the metaphors, we can say that if the background of the aquarium is “curtains”, then the plants are “indoor flowers on the windowsill”. From what they will be, how many they will be, depends on what your aquarium “window” will look like.
We recommend to see a wonderful article on this topic – HERE.
LIGHT REGISTRATION AQUARIUM
The power and spectrum of light is important for aquarium plants – this is their source of life. Speaking about the design of the aquarium, the color of light is important. To date, there is a huge variety of colors of aquarium lamps.
Choose to taste! Moreover, there are various bottom aquarium lights in the form of volcanoes, lanterns and LED aerators.
Here they are.
REGISTRATION OF THE AQUARIUM BY OTHER DECOR. Aquariums can be decorated with shells, locks, ships, divers, skulls, etc.
In this case, it is not necessary to buy all this in the pet store at a crazy price. Using such decorations you need to adhere to only two rules: non-toxicity and safety. Shells should not be sharp, and figures of divers made of rubber.
See also article Seashells in the aquarium.
MAIN DIRECTIONS, TYPES AND EXAMPLES OF AQUARIUM DECORATION
The classic design options for an aquarium for fish are:
Biotope – such an aquarium is made under a certain water landscape of a lake or stream.
Dutch – Aquarium, the main place in which allotted to plants. Such an aquarium is popularly called “herbalist”. The most famous Dutch aquariums creates a mega aquarist Takashi Amano, here are his works:
Geographical – such an aquarium is designed for a specific region, it contains fish from this region only.
In the vastness of our country, you can most often meet “Household aquarium” – where the above principles are not respected. In such aquariums, you can often find castles, amphoras, the same divers, skulls, etc., etc., etc.
In addition, there is a whole industry children’s aquariums. Here is an example:
There are other directions in the design of the aquarium.
As they say, so many people have so many opinions.
Next, let’s see the design options for the aquarium.
Pseudo sea aquariums Such aquariums are formed and imitate marine aquariums – the seabed. The prefix “pseudo,” says that in such a reservoir does not contain sea fish.
Only an entourage is created!
As a rule, in such an aquarium, fish of a bright color are chosen, which cichlids often possess, for example, spruce, demanosi, parrots, etc. The aquarium itself is formed by corals, artificial polyps and sea shells.
Dutch aquarium “light option” Aquarium close to the natural habitats of fish. It contains live aquarium plants, snags, stones, but “in a lightweight form.”
Such aquariums do not require special knowledge of plant life from an aquarist. Elementary care for them is the key to success and achievement of goals.
True Dutch Aquarium – Herbalist These are densely planted aquariums. Fully imitating all the beauty of freshwater bodies.
To create such an aquarium, you need knowledge of plants, you need to study the issue of feeding aquarium plants and applying the CO2 system for an aquarium.
Household, children’s, themed aquarium Such aquariums are made out under a certain idea. As a rule, it is a fiction and fantasy of man.
Futuristic Aquariums or Glo Aquariums Relatively recently, the fashion for creating Glo-reservoirs has entered the aquarist. Where everything glows with neon and plays with phosphorus. Even exist fluorescent live fish.
Such aquariums look beautiful in the evening and at night. More about Glo-fish is here.
Saltwater aquariums These are aquariums that contain sea, saltwater fish. The aquarium is permeated with marine themes.
The disadvantage of such reservoirs is the price and the huge cost of maintenance.
Cichlid Species aquarium in which only fish of the cichl family are kept.
Watch TSIKHLIDNIK – cichlids in the aquarium
Also there are industrial and show aquariums ”
After buying an aquarium, the first question is how to decorate the aquarium. To create a stunning design you need imagination, careful planning, diligence and, of course, the desire to create a miracle. I will give examples of the design of aquariums, talk about styles, materials and give useful tips that can help you in the future.
I wish your beautifully decorated aquarium became the center of attention!
Earlier, in the period of the beginning of aquarism, there was no suitable equipment and specific information about the design of the aquarium. Most kept their fish in ordinary jars, not even dreaming of more.
But time passed and everything changed. The world of modern technology has brought automation and new trends in fashion. There was a whole direction in the design of aquariums, called aquascape.
Now in the tank you can recreate any natural environment, landscape, even be fantastic. It all depends on the idea and the right material.
Pet shops dazzle with an abundance and a variety of artificial plants for an aquarium. Here you can buy everything. By biological properties, artificial plants, of course, are inferior to natural ones.
But with the help of them, a beginner can quite quickly and originally decorate an aquarium. In addition, artificial plants have many advantages:
- quickly and easily cleaned from algae;
- will never be eaten by denizens;
- always look new;
- tolerant to the composition of water.
You can combine artificial and natural plants. So you will visually expand, enrich the landscape, make it brighter in perception, and at the same time you will maintain biological balance in the aquarium.
To the decorative design of the background proceed first. This is usually the back wall.
Two side walls can also be decorated. It all depends on the wishes and initial ideas.
To create the background, you can use sheet backgrounds printed on a strong film. Photowall-paper of different themes, colors, shades are sold by the meter of different widths.
It is better to take with a margin of several centimeters.
Fasten, as a rule, from the outside. If a thin base, you can simply moisten with water and carefully level. If you plan to frequently change the background, it is better to use scotch.
If desired, the wallpaper for the aquarium can be glued on the inside with a special sealant designed for this. But here there are certain inconveniences – the film, no matter how you stick it tightly, will be peeled off in water.
It is possible to add volume to the back wall using the embossed background. Recently, he has gained great popularity. The price for it is quite high, but still it is in considerable demand among aquarists.
Mounted inside the aquarium with silicone glue.
As a background, you can lay stones or put cork tiles.
The easiest way is to paint. And you can any. As you paint the outside of the aquarium, it will in no way affect the quality of the water and the health of the fish.
But this method has its drawback. If you decide to remake something in the background design, then after painting it will be more difficult.
What else you need to know about the aquarium:
Scenery in the aquarium do it yourself: underwater waterfall
A beautiful and fascinating sight will be the highlight of any aquarium. Before decorating, it is better to immediately write down all your wishes on a sheet of paper, draw a detailed drawing, decide how high and where the underwater waterfall will be.
The role of falling water, we will perform the sand. Only a very small and clean suitable for a good visual effect.
Here you will need to experiment with the selection. Still need a tube with a spray.
Waterfall will work on the principle of injection. Air bubbles rise. From the pressure, small grains of sand are drawn into the tube and, rising up, fall.
In order not to form a hill of loose sand, you need to experimentally select the amount of material, air pressure and the diameter of the holes of the underwater waterfall.