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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.
Nature does not repeat anything. And even a small piece of dry wood is unique. The intricate creation of the flora and the imagination of man can create a miracle.
Your aquarium will not be like any other. And a small snag will take in it a worthy place. Making aquarium snags is a job that is best done before its launch.
We have two ways: either we choose from something that catches our eye, something suitable, or we are carefully looking for the option that we already see in our imagination.
Master class – how to make a snag for an aquarium with your own hands?
The first step is very important. It is to find the right wood. Where to get a snag for an aquarium?
The best material is the one that has been in the water for quite a long time, willow and carp branches are perfect. Therefore it is necessary to make an excursion to the river or swamp.
In a pinch, you can use solid wood walnut or pear, but in any case not oak, as it contains a lot of tannins. Freshly broken or only cut branches of trees are not suitable for an aquarium, as the organic and mineral substances in them will negatively affect all living things in a pond.
Found a piece of the trunk or branch must be delivered home with the least loss of moisture, and then do nothing else, how to prepare a snag for the aquarium.
Customize found by the size of the aquarium. And then, taking into account your plan, we delete the extra branches.
To make everything natural, it is advisable to do the work without improvised means. If you can’t do without a hacksaw, you will have to disguise a beautiful saw cut.
Sometimes resort to obzhogu. After that, it is soaked for several days with a constant replacement of water and removal of the charred layer.
A snag after such processing will look not only beautiful, but also last longer.
Then, our material needs quite a long time (10-12 hours) to be decontaminated in a saturated solution of table salt. In medical institutions prepare such a solution at the rate of 400 g of salt per 1 liter of water.
To prevent the snag from being filled with harmful substances, it is recommended to use only stainless steel or enameled ware. The darker color of the wood will be obtained if we add potassium permanganate to the water.
To snag rid of salt, boil it already in fresh water, changing it several times.
Then we soak for at least a day, or even three under the yoke of environmentally friendly material.
In this case, again, several times a day we do a water change. The wood will accumulate moisture, and we will not be bothered by the question of how to drown the snag in the aquarium.
After all the procedures done, the snag for the aquarium is ready with your own hands. We need to fix it and do the decor.
So how to make a snag for an aquarium by yourself?
Many aquarists at one time or another think about how to make a snag with their own hands, but before answering it, you need to know what kind of wood you can use for your own aquarium.
Mopani and mangrove are especially popular. But it is worth remembering that mangrove snags in an aquarium, as well as mopani, can tint water a little in amber color.
But in order to avoid this, it is enough to hold the snag for 10 minutes under ordinary running water.
Before placing a snag in an aquarium, first of all, it must be found, for example, in a swamp or river. Such snags have lain in the water for a long time, so it is enough to clean it from rotten areas and accumulated dirt.
Then you should give it the desired look. To do this, it should be boiled in a special solution of saturated salt for 3-5 hours, if desired, this time can be extended to 12 hours.
It should also be remembered that it should be boiled only in an enamel bowl or stainless steel cookware.
In that case, if you can not find the snag in the pond, you can cut it out of any tree. To do this, you need to find an interesting part of the tree with numerous twigs, knots, given, of course, the size of the aquarium.
It is best to find the most dry tree, and cut the snag from its bottom. It is also necessary to pay close attention to the wood species.
It is strictly forbidden to use conifers. It is best to opt for a nut, pear, apple, ideally, on willow. The fact is that willows in most cases germinate on the shores of various reservoirs, therefore wood is maximally adapted for keeping in water.
This snag will be the most organic look in your tank.