maintenance, care, compatibility
Snag in the aquarium – answers to questions, photos and video
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.
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.
Which snags can be used? What are suitable for an aquarium?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before preparing the snag, it is necessary to prepare a solution of saturated salt. To do this, take the amount of water that can completely cover the snag and add salt to it without saving it.
The result should be the most concentrated solution that we need for further processing snags.
After the salt has completely dissolved, the solution can be considered completely ready. Already ready solution with a boil must be boiled for 3-5 hours on low heat. The preparation of the snag will be finished when it turns dark and is completely disinfected.
After that, the snag should be dipped in clean water and continue soaking. Above it is better to put a heavy object in order to drown it. Ware for this procedure in any case should not have harmful impurities.
Ideal, for example, a glass jar. After 2-3 days the aquarium snag will be ready.
As can be seen from the above, the preparation of snags is a fairly simple process that does not require additional knowledge and experience. It is precisely for this reason that every person can make a snag with their own hands, because for this it is not necessary to possess any special skills and habits.
In the event that there are no big fish in the aquarium, and the snag should just lie on the bottom, then it is enough just to fix it, placing it on the ground, while prikopan it a little. But in the event that it must stand or, for example, is always in one place, then it is necessary to think about the method of fastening.
There may be several options.
Let’s look at the most popular ones:
- Fastening with fishing line.
- Mount with suction cups.
- Fastening with screws made of stainless steel.
In the process of securing snags in the aquarium should also consider the following:
- The mounting of the snag should be as reliable as possible, since a large snag can, floating up, break the glass of the aquarium, the cover or the lighting lamps.
- The mount should be as secure as possible for all fish.
Making a snag is an entertaining process, because here you can express your imagination and get excellent design options for your aquarium.