maintenance, care, compatibility
A round aquarium can be a significant part of the interior room. Quite a lot of aquarists admitted that they acquired a round flask so that a luxurious goldfish floated in it.
Of course, in reality, the aquarium turned out quite different. The idea did not appear because of the love of nature, but from the search for a spectacular interior solution.
The location of a round aquarium in a room involves the choice of an open space: on a table, on a separate stand, or mounted on a wall. A semicircular aquarium can also be fixed on the wall. The shape of the tank gives the underwater world an interesting look.
From different angles of view, aquatic inhabitants and vegetation will look different.
Making a round aquarium requires a special approach. Aquarium is not only an interior object.
Its main function is to create conditions for the life of aquatic creatures. Therefore, it is necessary to purchase special equipment for a round aquarium.
Without it, the fish will not survive.
It is necessary to place a compressor, heater, filter in the flask, to provide lighting. Conventional devices will not work, they will be too allocated in the water space.
When buying, you should choose models with the indication “for a round aquarium”. The shape and dimensions allow them to be placed neatly so as to spoil the appearance least of all.
Pebbles are scattered at the bottom and plants are rooted in them. Equipment for a round aquarium is hidden by plant shoots.
It is advisable to choose such aquatic plants so that they do not hide the main inhabitants with their bizarre appearance. And pay special attention to the shape and size of the stones. Remember, in a round aquarium, all the details look more prominent.
Therefore, any defect is immediately noticeable.
The specific shape and small volume do not allow creating thematic landscapes with large-scale decoration in the form of fragments of a ship or ruins of a castle. However, when designing a round aquarium, you can use other design techniques. For example, among the stones you can place a miniature model of a chest from a pirate ship.
Or lay out a few fragments of ethnic pottery.
The main principle on which the decor of the aquarium space of this form is based is minimalism. Otherwise, for all the elements you will not be able to see the underwater inhabitants.
The lid for a round aquarium performs several functions: it prevents fish from jumping out, getting into unusual objects, protects animals from children and cats, and also serves as a place for fixing the lights. Therefore, it is better to purchase an aquarium immediately with a lid than to search for the desired model.
The cover for a round aquarium can be purchased only in specialized stores. It is more difficult to find a cover only for a semicircular aquarium.
In a round container, light is refracted peculiar. According to the widespread opinion among aquarists, not all fish are able to survive in such conditions.
Firstly, living beings may experience stress due to distortions of the surrounding reality, and secondly, it shortens the lifespan for nerve fish. Although the main limiter is the amount of space.
Fish for a round aquarium fit only small size. Be sure to put here a little catfish, so that it clears the glass from green scurf.
Neons, males, and lilies will feel great in the water. Small-sized goldfish grow badly and often get sick. The number of small fish should be maintained at the same level.
Before you run neons here, you must make calculations: the number is determined by the volume of the aquarium. Overpopulation will immediately affect the health of the fish and the general appearance of the artificial reservoir.
The power of equipment for the aquarium is selected in accordance with the requests of a particular group of fish.
It is better if the fish for a round aquarium will be bright, visible. For example, some species of guppy.
Cleaning a round aquarium has its own specifics. Since its volume is low, about 20% of water should be replaced every week.
The water is poured or filtered.
Particular attention – cleaning glasses. Experienced aquarists are advised to plant inside the animal that eats algae: catfish, snails.
Glass bending does not allow the use of ordinary brushes. Therefore, craftsmen have adapted to clean up the raid with a piece of women’s nylon pantyhose.
To remove fish excrement, it is necessary to use a siphon, about once every two months. In a round aquarium, the bottom shape eliminates the creation of “dead zones”, so the garbage is removed especially well. Part of it accumulates in the biofilter, and the rest
removed by siphon.
Experienced aquarists prefer rectangular aquariums, while skeptics are considered to be round tanks. You can hear that the round aquarium is inconvenient to maintain, it is dangerous to the health of the fish, and caring for it does not justify itself.
In fact, the content of the flask has several disadvantages. But the observance of certain rules and knowledge of which fish are suitable, will allow for many years to ensure a comfortable life for the inhabitants.
And, of course, it will be an excellent interior decoration.
Required equipment includes:
If you are interested in a round aquarium, it is worth considering its drawbacks carefully, but not to be afraid of them. First, decide on the volume.
As mentioned above, the average volume of round aquariums is 10 liters, but you can buy containers for 20 or 30 liters.
You will need special equipment to create a cozy environment. This compressor, bottom filter and heater.
It is also necessary to provide the glass aquarium with illumination, but it will be difficult to install it yourself. In order not to complicate your life, it is better to purchase a container with a built-in lamp.
As for the rest, the heater, filter and compressor are purchased separately. In the pet store you can find special models for round containers – for example, a round bottom filter or a convenient compressor that is masked in cramped conditions.
There are aquariums with built-in filter.
In addition to the equipment you will need a cover for a round aquarium. She has several tasks at once:
- prevents fish from jumping out of the tank;
- serves as protection from curious cats that may wish to eat fish;
- on the cover is mounted fixture.
Finding the cover separately may be difficult. This is the second reason why it is better to choose a round aquarium with a lid.
Stand under the aquarium is included, but it can be made to order or purchased in the store separately.