maintenance, care, compatibility
Properly equipped aquarium is not just a tank filled with water with fish and plants. This is an interesting and intense underwater world.
And there are many ways to design such a world. The most popular option is the shells in the aquarium.
This is due, among other things, to the fact that they can be placed in a marine and freshwater aquarium with the same success. It is only important to follow some rules, which will be discussed below.
Obviously, you can’t just throw more seashells into the aquarium: they should all be beaten accordingly. So, often seashells in an aquarium are supplemented with dilapidated locks or sunken ships.
But design considerations are far from the only aspect. The fact is that the shells are very similar in composition to the limestone or chalk. Consequently, almost one hundred percent of their composition is calcium carbonate.
Due to this circumstance, many aquarists reject such an element in the design of an aquarium. Let’s explain why this happens.
Calcium carbonate present in aquarium water affects:
- its acid-base balance;
- and stiffness.
And this must be taken into account, because different fish react differently to a specific composition of water.
Accordingly, the final picture will depend on what were the characteristics of the water in the tank before placing the shells. For example, in an aquarium where water has medium hardness and is weakly alkaline, a small amount of shells will not have a significant effect on performance, which means you can put them in an aquarium.
On the other hand, in that aquarium, where the water is rather mild and slightly acidic, it is completely inappropriate to lay seashells. And such a decision by an aquarist will have a particularly negative impact on the fish from the Kharacin family. Why?
Water with these characteristics causes a rapid dissolution of calcium, therefore, the presence of shells in a container with similar water will lead to a very rapid change in the composition of the source. In this case, the Karacyns will not die, but one should not expect them to spawn in the future.
No less sensitive to all changes in the acidity index, as well as to an increase in the hardness of the aquarium water of the plant.
Due to the circumstances described, before placing seashells in an aquarium, you should carefully weigh everything.
In fairness, we note that in some cases, given the peculiarities, it is still possible to put several shells in the aquarium. The fact is that for a number of fish they are a kind of house.
Some also adapt aquarium shells to a great place for spawning. In these situations, and even when there is simply a desire to place some beautiful shells in your tank, you can proceed from certain rules:
- It is not allowed to place in the aquarium elements that have sharp projections. Otherwise, aquarium residents may harm themselves;
- It is important that the aquarium shells are located down the entrance. In this case, too curious little fish will not be able to get inside;
- The considered elements of the decor of the underwater world must be clean. It is completely unacceptable to use as possible variants of such underwater “houses” that are varnished or painted in any color;
- Obviously, the aquarium shells must be empty. That is, before putting them in the aquarium, you need to reliably verify that the previous inhabitant must have “moved out”;
- There should be no valuable species of shells in the aquarium. What is the reason? Otherwise, there is a high risk that these aquarium shells will change their color and texture. Moreover, you can wait for their complete dissolution.
In conclusion, let us point out another important rule: all the shells should be cleaned and boiled to the maximum extent before being placed in an aquarium.
The main thing before you add your underwater world, think carefully: do you need seashells in your tank? If the answer is positive, then it is recommended to think over in advance the final version of the design of the underwater kingdom.
This will determine exactly what aquarium shells are needed, as well as find out their required number.
The aquarium is beautiful in itself, in whatever style it is decorated. Nowadays, aquariums decorated in a marine style with bright original fish and real corals are very popular.
But in any case, a freshwater aquarium, in which many greens and beautiful fishes prevail, is in no way inferior to the sea.
As the design of the first and second type of aquarium shells are perfect fit, brought from the sea, or bought in a pet store. Sea shells in the aquarium look very nice and original, especially if the aquarium is decorated in a marine style. With the help of shells you can perform an unusual design.
It all depends on the stormy imagination of the owner of the aquarium.
If the shells are too small, you can scatter them on the bottom of the aquarium, and in a corner put a couple of the same, only larger. In contrast to the freshwater, the marine aquarium is admired by many people, as it is quite rare among lovers.
Before placing the shells in the aquarium, they must be pre-processed.
If they were found in the sea, they should be thoroughly cleaned with a brush, then boiled over low heat for three hours. After boiling, shells are soaked for about a day in cold water.
This is done in order to get rid of harmful bacteria and microorganisms that may be found on the mollusk.
Sea shells for the aquarium can be purchased at the store. In this case, they should not be handled, as they are already on sale disinfected.
But it should be remembered that the shells have a bad effect on aquarium plants, as they make the water a bit hard, and this greatly affects the growth of plants.
In general, the shells in the marine aquarium look very impressive. A marine aquarium, as a rule, implies the absence of plants, therefore the shells will not harm anyone or anything.
As is known, an aquarium is a whole underwater world enclosed in a transparent vessel for the joy of people. Aquarium design options can be many. One of the most popular is the design with shells.
By the way, such decorations will be appropriate both in freshwater and in the sea “pond” – the whole point is what kind of shells you will use.
Clearly, the seashells in the aquarium should be beaten accordingly. Often close to such decorations can be seen dilapidated castles or sunken ships.
However, design is far from the only thing that seashells can affect. Many aquarists altogether abandon the design with shells.
This is why: such decorations are very similar in composition to chalk or limestone, that is, almost one hundred percent consist of calcium carbonate.
The presence of this element in aquarium water affects both the hardness and the acid-base balance of the water. Here, the owner of the aquarium should independently take into account the fact that the change in water characteristics will be noticeably more or less, depending on what characteristics the source has. You should also be aware that fish react differently to different water composition.
For example, if in your aquarium the water is of medium hardness and slightly alkaline, then aquarium shells in small quantities will not be able to significantly affect the indicators already available.
But seashells in the aquarium, in which the water is mildly acidic and soft, will be completely inappropriate. Especially if there are fish from the Kharacin family.
After all, this water contributes to the rapid dissolution of calcium, which means that finding aquarium shells will very quickly change the composition of the source code. As for the Kharatsinovs, they are unlikely to die, but you will not wait for spawning from them.
No less, and maybe even more sensitive to changes in acidity and increase the rigidity of aquarium plants.
However, the placement of seashells in an aquarium may even be a prerequisite, since some fish arrange “houses” in them or fit them as a place for spawning. It is clear that the shells used in the aquarium, used both for this purpose and simply as decoration, must meet the following requirements:
- shells with sharp protrusions are banned because they can cause injury to fish,
- these aquarium shells should be located only the entrance down to too “curious” fish could not get there,
- the shells in the aquarium should be clean: varnished or painted versions should not even be considered as possible,
- shells used for home pond should be completely deprived of their previous owner,
- There should be no valuable shells in the aquarium, because they can not only change color and texture, but also completely dissolve,
Before placing the shells in the aquarium, they must be boiled and cleaned as much as possible. However, before performing this operation, it is necessary first of all to consider the design of the aquarium – which shells and how many will be appropriate in it.