maintenance, care, compatibility
Do-it-yourself grotto: some interesting and simple ideas
Anyone, even a beginner aquarist, knows how important the scenery is for an aquarium. They not only make it more aesthetic and harmonious, but also are actively used by the inhabitants for games and recreation.
In specialized stores of similar equipment – the mountains. However, they do not always correspond to the design idea, they are quite expensive, and sometimes they also raise doubts with their safety: the dominance of Chinese handicrafts cannot guarantee non-toxicity of materials and processing sufficient to prevent pets from being hurt.
Therefore, literate people prefer to make a grotto for the aquarium with their own hands. In this case, it will exactly fit into the underwater landscape and will be absolutely safe for fish.
In some cases, a grotto for an aquarium with your own hands is needed immediately: for example, you were presented with beginners, and the “pool” for them turned out to be cramped. In anticipation of improving their living conditions, fish can kill each other.
Save the situation can house “fast”.
A glass bottle of the desired size is taken (for example, from under a ketchup), washed, boiled and dried. Dry aquarium sand crumbles on the newspaper, the container is covered with silicone and rolled around in the ground. In an hour, when the silicone grasps firmly enough, the pebbles and pebbles glue along the stuck sand.
They add aesthetics and give the bottle stability. A similar grotto for an aquarium should dry up overnight so that the silicone will find its ultimate strength.
In the morning it can be placed in the reservoir to the fighters.
Aquaria – a very exciting business. It happens that people are limited to a modest aquarium and a pair of goldfish.
However, most often silent pets take more and more of our time. The aquarium is gradually becoming the central element in the interior, so much time is needed for its decoration and, of course, fantasy.
The stores feature a huge number of living and artificial algae, multi-colored stones for the bottom, shells and real sculptural compositions. Experienced aquarists prefer to do the decor for the aquarium with their own hands.
For the inhabitants of the aquarium, the background is absolutely not important, but for grateful spectators a beautiful picture is far from the last. It creates a certain mood and emphasizes other elements of the underwater interior.
Some experts believe the most advantageous black background, which is associated with the depth of the ocean. Bright fish on it look fresh and unusual.
You can buy a finished film in a pet store or create an original drawing and print it to order. In this case, the most important thing is to correctly apply the image to the glass.
In addition, the decor for aquarium PVC film has a long service life.
Making decoration for the aquarium do not require special skills, and the simplest material is a stone. You can build a beautiful grotto, slide or cave – use aquarium silicone to hold smooth pebbles.
Like wooden snags, stones need careful processing and boiling (about ten minutes). The scenery must be not only original, but also safe.
Be sure to check the stones for alkali to prevent changes in the chemical balance of water.
Apply a few drops of vinegar to the surface and watch the reaction. The appearance of sizzling bubbles means that there is limestone in the composition, and it is better not to use such a stone to decorate the aquarium.
Novice aquarists tend to opt for beauty, not naturalness. Silicone decor for the aquarium looks bright, is inexpensive, does not require special care and durable (according to the promises of manufacturers).
Multi-colored jellyfish, divers with treasures, a water mill, corals, plants and even the sea inhabitants themselves – in the pet store you can find a lot of silicone items.
If you decide to purchase artificial jewelry, choose a reliable seller. Products made in China are of low cost and questionable composition, so no one guarantees their safety.
The main advice: any decor for an aquarium requires a sense of proportion. Remember that the inhabitants of the reservoir should be enough freedom of movement.
Do not overload the space for aesthetic beauty. Especially this advice applies to beginners who have not fully understood the rules of care for the aquarium.