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Snag in the aquarium – answers to questions, photos and video
Snags in the aquarium, it is beautiful, it is natural and fashionable. Say goodbye to plastic locks and sunken ships, the world of aquarism does not stand still and such things are considered ugly and simply inappropriate. Snags, stones, bamboo, everything that can be found in nature in reservoirs, here is a natural and natural beauty. At the same time, it is not difficult to find, process and make a natural snag for an aquarium.
But, you will be amazed at how natural it looks, and it will still be useful for keeping some fish. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of using snags in an aquarium and answer the most popular questions.
It not only looks great, but also stimulates and maintains a healthy ecosystem inside the aquarium. Just like the soil and the contents of the filters, the snag serves as a medium for the development of beneficial bacteria.
These bacteria are very important for balance in an aquarium, they help decompose harmful substances into safe ingredients.
Snags help to strengthen the immunity of your fish. Submerged snags slowly excrete tannins, which create a weakly acidic environment in which harmful bacteria and viruses develop much worse.
Fallen leaves act in the same way, they are often added to the bottom of the aquarium, and which make the water in natural ponds the color of strong brewed tea.
If you have alkaline water, the addition of driftwood helps lower the pH. Most of the fish in nature live just in the water slightly acidic, and driftwood with fallen leaves in the aquarium, perfectly help to recreate such an environment.
Snags recreate the natural conditions for fish. Practically in any reservoir, as if a lake or river, you can always find a sunken snag. Fish use them as shelters, for spawning or even for feeding.
For example, antsistrusam, it is necessary for normal digestion, scraping layers from it, they stimulate the work of your stomach.
Best of all, of course, boil it to a state of negative buoyancy. If it is impossible to do this, for example, the snag is very large, and does not sink in an aquarium, then it is heated or fixed. The main thing you need to know is that you cannot rest the snag on the walls of the aquarium and thus fix it, that is, wedge it in the aquarium.
The fact is that wood will swell and expand. And what can this lead to?
Besides that she just squeezes out the glass in the aquarium. Why doesn’t snag in an aquarium? Dry is simple, even if you boil it.
In the middle it can be as dry as it was.
How to fix a snag in an aquarium is up to you. The simplest thing is to use the line to tie it to the stone.
For example, I just secured a heavy stone, jamming it between the roots. Someone attaches a plank from below and then simply buries it in the ground.
You can use suckers, but this method is unreliable, as they stick out, and your snag catapults upwards, which can have dire consequences.
On the bark appeared white bloom and it was covered with mold or mucus? What to do?
Dimmed water and hydrogen sulfide stinks after adding driftwood?
This is a natural process, even the snags of light tones darken with time. You can peel off the top layer, but this will only help for a while.
Simply leave it as it is.
Most likely the case in algae, which covered its surface. They cover the glass in the aquarium and the stones look like green dots on the glass. You can get rid of them simply by reducing the length of daylight and the power of lighting.
Excessive light in the aquarium is the cause. Well, just clean the snag by removing the top layer from it.
Yes, anywhere, in fact, they just surround us. You can buy it on the market or in the pet store, you can find it in the near pond, fishing, in the park, in the forest, in the neighboring yard.
It all depends on your imagination and desire.
Which snags can be used? What are suitable for an aquarium?
The first thing you need to know: snags of conifers (snags of pine, if cedar) is highly undesirable to use in an aquarium. Yes, they can be processed, but it will take 3-4 times longer and the risk remains that they are not fully processed.
Second, you need to choose deciduous trees, preferably solid: beech, oak, willow, grapevine and grape roots, apple, pear, maple, alder, plum. The most popular and strong will be the willow and oak snags.
If you stop on softer rocks, they will quickly fall apart and in a few years you will need a new one. You can buy natural driftwood from outside our countries: mopani, mangrove and ironwood, the blessing is their choice in stores now.
They are quite solid and well preserved, but there are also drawbacks that the mopani, that mangrove snags can paint water very much, so that no soaking helps.
If there is rot or bark on your chosen snag, then it must be removed and cleaned well. In any case, the bark will fall off over time and will spoil your view of the aquarium, and rot can lead to more sad consequences, even to the death of fish.
If the bark is very strong, and is poorly removed, then the snag needs to be soaked or removed after boiling, it will be much easier.
It’s all up to your taste. As a rule, large, textured snags are noticeable.
World-class aqua-designers most often use tree roots, since they have a rich texture and there is a single point of growth from which roots come out. Often, when the first time you take a snag in your hands, then simply twisting it, you lose where it will look more beautiful. But you can still use stones, bamboo, plants.
If you have no experience in this matter, you can simply try to reproduce what you see in nature, or repeat the work of some other aquarist.
How to cook a snag for an aquarium? How to prepare it?
Aquarium is a very sensitive to the environment environment, the slightest changes in which affect all its inhabitants. That is why it is necessary to properly treat the snag before putting it into the aquarium. In our case, in addition to cleaning bark and dust, natural snag is also boiled.
What for? Thus you kill all the bacteria, germs, insects, spores that live on the log, and during the process of cooking various substances are released.
The second reason is that dry snags do not sink in water, and they either need to be fixed, or boiled in water with salt, then they begin to sink.
So, if the snag is in the tank, then just take the salt, about 300 grams per liter, pour it into the water and boil the snag for 6-10 hours. Do not forget to add water to replace evaporated.
Check whether it sinks, and if not, then we continue the process. By the way, the snags that you found in the river are already drowning, and you do not need to boil them with salt, it is enough to boil for 6 hours.
And yes, if you bought a snag at a pet store, if you still need to cook. By the way, do not take snags for reptiles, they are often treated with fungicides, and your fish will not like them.
How to make a snag for an aquarium a real piece of art? It is necessary to give preference to branched or textured pieces of wood.
If possible, put it in several different positions and see how it will look better. There is no one piece of advice on how to place a snag in an aquarium.
It happens that even carefully boiled tree still pops up. Most often, increased buoyancy is associated with large sizes of snags for the aquarium.
The easiest way to keep it in place is to tie the lines to the two stones at the beginning and end. On the one hand it is better to prikopat so that it does not look artificially placed. In no case do not allow the snag to rest against the two ends on the glass, since, by swelling, it can squeeze the wall.
It is not advised to use suckers for this, as they quickly come off, and the emerging snag can cause injury to the fish.
- Raid On a fresh surface, the formation of plaque will not cause much harm. Soma happy to eat it. If there are no catfish, then rinse the tree under running water. In the event that the raid was formed on the old bale, then it is necessary to immediately get rid of it.
- Darkening of the water. Such a phenomenon means that the snag was not completely finished. It is necessary to remove it from the house for fish and send it to the board.
- Darkening. The loss of color is a natural process, therefore no special measures are required.
- Greening snags. Green indicates that snags are covered with algae, just like rocks and walls. To reverse the process, reduce the length of daylight and the amount of lighting, remove the greens from the tree.
You can decorate snags with Yavonian moss, which looks amazing on branchy snags. To fix it on a tree, you can use one of three methods:
- Wind up the thread;
- Secure the line;
- Stick on the glue.
The first method is considered the most humane in relation to mosses and fish. Over time, the thread will rot, but the moss will have time to attach to the tree.
You can glue if you are not afraid for the toxicity of water.
A considerable number of aquarists today prefers aquarium kryagam. With their help, the aquarium becomes a particularly cozy one: plants are planted on them, they are used especially for small fish (as a shelter), etc.
Some buy snags in stores, and some decide to create them with their own hands. With the purchase, everything is quite clear, though, then you need to properly prepare the purchased snags.
Therefore, in this article we will talk about these issues in more detail.
To begin, consider the process of self-manufacturing snags.
Before you start creating an aquarium snag with your own hands, you need to find out what tree species you can use to decorate your aquarium.
Note that the most popular among all the trees are mangrove and mopani. However, these trees have one peculiarity: when they are placed in an aquarium, a slight tinting of the water in amber color is possible.
To prevent this, you will need to pre-wash the stump with ordinary running water (about ten minutes will be enough).
But it is not at all necessary to select only the named two tree species. Other options are possible, with the exception of coniferous trees. We recommend that you choose an apple, pear or nut.
But the most ideal option is a willow. As is known, a significant part of these trees grows on the banks of reservoirs. From this it follows that the wood of willow is maximally adapted to its content in water.
Aquarium snag from willow will look very organic.
Having decided on the type of wood, you need to find a suitable snag. Searches can be carried out in the river, for example, or in a swamp.
If you did not manage to find the snag in any reservoir, then you can easily cut it with your own hands. For cutting, you need to find a suitable part of the tree: it should be interesting, have a large number of twigs.
In doing so, you must, of course, take into account the size of your aquarium. When searching, we advise you to pay attention to the most dry trees, from the bottom of which you can cut down snags.