maintenance, care, compatibility
In almost any aquarium, a snag (part of the root of a tree) looks very beautiful. A bizarrely intertwined mangrove cut, set in an artificial home pond, gives the whole composition a natural look.
For several reasons, mangrove is becoming a very popular material for creating a tropical water landscape.
Many domestic aquarists use as a decorative element of the aquarium landscape a koryazhnik of local tree species: alder, beech, willow, and some fruit trees. Placed after some preparation in an aquarium, such snags are only a part of the landscape, they practically do not perform the function of a refuge for small fish.
- Interlaced mangrove roots, as in natural conditions, are a reliable place where fry, shrimp or shellfish can be in relative safety. In addition, such a “patterned” snag looks very attractive.
- Magrov koryazhnik does not spoil the water at all. More specifically, it emits some dose of tannin and acidifies water slightly. But this dose is completely safe for aquarium dwellers, and even useful for some species of fish.
The positive side also has the fact that a well soaked portion of the mangrove root becomes heavier than water and does not float. Thus, any fixing at the bottom of the “banks” is not required.
- If the aquarium contains soma suckers, the mangrove snag will serve as a source of cellulose for them, contributing to the digestion of food. Over time, soma polish this wood to a completely smooth state.
- And finally, such a snag will serve for many years, if you do not get it for a long time from the aquarium. It practically does not rot and does not decompose.
If the wood is not immediately drowned, it can be pressed against a stone or part of the soil. In a few days, it will become so heavy with water that it will definitely not float up.
You need to be prepared for the fact that under the influence of substances released from wood aquarium water can darken to the color of weakly brewed tea. There is nothing wrong with that.
Unusual color is gradually eliminated by regular water changes. To mangrove not stained water, it is recommended to defend from 3 to 4 weeks in normal water, changing it every day.
Some time after installation in the aquarium, a white down like mold can appear on the surface of the snag. This is also not a big deal.
This bloom is easily removed mechanically (using a siphon, for example). The remains of a raid in water are liquidated by partial water changes.
And yet, some of the decorative catfish (antsistrus or plexostomus) perfectly eat this harmless mold.
Mangrove snag is part of the mangrove root that grows along the banks of tropical rivers. There are many species of these trees, but for aquariums mangroves are used red, white and black.
Mangrove snag is one of the most common decorations of freshwater aquariums.
In order for the mangrove snag to take root in the aquarium, it must be positioned as it was in nature – so it will absorb water faster and become heavy. Often, immediately after putting such a snag into the aquarium, the water begins to darken, but there is nothing wrong with that – you just have to wait, and in a month it will disappear.
If you do not want this to happen, then pre-soak the snag in the water.
In nature, mangrove roots are used by fish and other aquatic creatures as shelter, and mangrove snags in the aquarium will play the same role. Additionally, you can put Anubis on them, which will complement the landscape of the aquarium.
Mangrove snags are popular with aquarists because they, unlike other tree species, do not require careful preparation before diving into an aquarium.
If you decide to purchase a snag for an aquarium, then it is better to opt for mangrove, as it does not require a long process of boiling with salt: it will immediately sink without it. Since these trees grow only in tropical countries, you can buy it in the store.
When buying, pay attention to the fact that it must be heavy and have many branches – this will allow it to look exotic in the aquarium, but at the same time naturally. If you need snags for an aquarium, be careful when choosing, as sometimes completely different breeds can be given out for the mangrove tree.
However, despite the fact that you buy in the store an already prepared snag, you need to boil it for 20 minutes, and then leave it overnight in hot water. If you do not want the water in the aquarium to turn color – do not rush to submerge the snag in it: first soak it in cold water for 8-9 days (change the water daily).
To prevent water from changing color, you can install an activated carbon filter in the aquarium. Before diving, thoroughly inspect the mangrove snag, clean it and rinse with hot running water.
Mangrove snags are the best option for those who decide to decorate their aquarium. However, do not forget about the methods of pretreatment of stockpiles, even if you purchased them in the store.
Such jewelry, as a rule, are purchased in the store. Red, black and white mangroves are known. Used in freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
These snags are very heavy, so do not require soaking. It is best to put them as they grew in nature – rhizome to the bottom.
Mangrove snags in an aquarium saturate the water with humic acids, gently acidifying it and creating a pleasant effect of dark water in the pond.
A snag for an aquarium do it yourself photo video description.
Snags for aquarium
Snag on the bottom of the aquarium, of course, make the interior decoration of the aquarium more attractive. As a rule, it is a dead, water-saturated part of the tree.
Therefore, unlike living shoots, the snag immediately sinks into the water and does not need to be anchored.
It will remain lying in one place until its owner or its underwater inhabitants are moved. Each snag has a unique shape, so it can be used to create the most bizarre structures.
What tree to make a snag for an aquarium? If the reader is going to use snags from trees that grow near his house, then we can recommend species with dense wood (oak, maple, ash, elm, hazel).
Pine, spruce or larch have loose wood, so they will quickly rot and form a lot of bacterial plaque in the aquarium.
In addition, they contain resins, the effect of which on hydrobionts is unknown. It is worth considering that walnut, red oak, cherry and other trees with dark wood emit a lot of tannins. They can be useful to aquarists who contain South American cichlids.
Depending on the origin, there are several types of koryag. All of them are formed from the branches and trunks of various tree species as a result of rotting under water or wind erosion and abrasive sanding on land.
Snags, which belong to the species of trees of European forests, are usually characterized by simplicity of shape and small size.
In some cases, they have good buoyancy, and therefore need to be drowned. The first method of sinking is tying weights. Over time, up to a week for small branches and a few months for large drifts, they lose their buoyancy.
A faster method involves drilling multiple holes, which are then filled with silicone or metal objects (bolts). The roots of the African savannah.
Also a very common type of snag.
These roots drown themselves. They do not look like ordinary snags, because gnarled on one side and smooth on the other.
Malaysian wood is harvested in the mangrove forests of southeast Asia. It looks like ordinary snags, but it sinks on its own and has elongated, dark branches.
Mangrove snags strongly dye the water dark and reduce the pH of the medium. This does not necessarily harm the inhabitants of the aquarium, because some tetras and dwarf cichlids, by contrast, prefer sour-colored water.
Reddish and brownish wood driftwood from Desmodium unifoliatum. Straight from Vietnam for 10 bucks per kilogram (ill. Alibaba.com) Mangrove snags from Malaysia (ill. Penangseagarden.com) Dried Malaysian lianas (ill. Alibaba.com) Snags from Mopane wood are often sold under the name African Wood.
Do not confuse Mopane wood with savanna roots. It looks like an ordinary snag, but it sinks on its own.
The dried trunk and branches of Mopane have ribbed appearance, cavities and dark color. The age of African wood is usually over 100 years old, so it is expensive.
Although less so than Malaysian, African wood lowers the pH of the water.
If you need to avoid this, snag boil. Snags Mopane “Do not boil, make people laugh!” (WhiteDevil; ill. Aquariumadvice.com/forums) That’s better.
Mopane Coarse Aquarium (Ill. David Raynham, Flickr) Wood with overgrown is not a special type of wood.
It is formed naturally, in the course of fouling of snags with aquatic plants, or aquarists specifically create it by implanting Anubiasa bushes or Javanese moss.
The coconut shell also belongs to wood, although hardly anyone has enough imagination to call it a snag. However, in this article it is worth mentioning the shell.
It is usually used in the creation of single submarine cave or substrate for spawning. The parameters of water shell practically does not affect.