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Natural perfection, a cozy shelter … What else can please aquarium lovers a simple snag? And how to prepare it so that everyone gets only positive emotions?
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An aquarium today is not just a glass jar with a pair of stones and a goldfish. In the hands of a careful and responsible connoisseur of the beauty of underwater life, the aquarium becomes a truly unique, beautiful corner of wildlife, a full-fledged ecosystem in miniature.
In it, both the design and the biological parameters are in a delicate, but strong balance, and the inhabitants feel excellent due to the carefully thought out and safe environment.
The design of the aquarium, like everything else in life, originates in the minds of people. That is why the trends that exist in the world in relation to the design of premises, as well as the fashion for certain materials and their location are reflected almost immediately and on the arrangement of aquariums.
Fortunately, the popularity of plastic accessories, artificial grass and huge incongruous locks are already behind. The modern world rushed to the naturalness and naturalness literally in everything.
And what can emphasize the naturalness and natural component of your home pond more than a piece of nature itself – a bizarre form of a real snag?
However, in order to decorate an aquarium with a tree does not result in fatal consequences for its entire flora and fauna, it is necessary to know many important nuances. We will talk about them further.
At home, the snag must be thoroughly cleaned, remove the remnants of the bark, so that it remains completely naked. No matter how beautiful the bark looks by itself, in the aquarium it will surely start to rot, and the fish may get hurt on the pop-up pieces.
Then wash the snag under running water and place for some time (30-60 minutes) in a strong brine. Salt strewed until it ceases to dissolve.
In this solution, you will then cook it.
Boil snags on low heat, in an enamel or stainless cookware (aluminum is not suitable) for two or three days. The minimum is considered a period of 12 hours, but in this case more is better than less.
Duration also depends on the thickness and size of the snags: some simply do not fit in the pan, so they have to be turned every few hours for steaming all areas, a priori, you need to cook longer. During cooking, add water as needed, as it will evaporate.
For additional disinfection you can add a little potassium permanganate, it will also give the wood a noble dark color.
After boiling the snag is left under running water (from under the tap) with water or placed in a basin or bath with frequent water changes for another week. This is done to remove any salt residues that the snag managed to absorb during cooking.
In addition, as a snag is saturated with liquid and in most cases begins to sink.
Before diving into the aquarium, be sure to check if it comes to the surface. After that the snag is thoroughly dried and again checked for buoyancy.
Some instances still retain the stubborn ability to float. In this case, the snag will have to be fixed at the bottom of the aquarium.
Also pay attention to the degree of staining of water: a light brownish tint is likely to go away in a few days or water changes in the aquarium. Strongly painting snag needs to be soaked again until it stops toning the water.
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.
To make an aquarium, use only natural snags. However, to make them yourself or buy in the store – everyone decides for himself.
On the market or in the store, finished snags are quite expensive, so many aquarists prefer to make this decoration with their own hands.
First, determine the wood: it is better to choose alder, willow, maple or garden trees (pear and apple).
They do not recommend the use of conifers, as well as poplar and maple, as they emit tannins. The best option – willow snags, which for a long time were under water – they are not subject to the process of decomposition.
They can be found in the spring on the shore after the flood or dig in the forest.
If you cut down the living parts of the tree, then you first need to dry them, and it will take a long time. How to make a snag for an aquarium in this case?
The methods of manufacture after drying are the same as using dead snags.
The main thing is to dry thoroughly, otherwise after the tree is in the aquarium, it will begin to emit juices that are dangerous for fish and all living creatures and may even poison them.
As soon as you bring the snag home, clean it from the bark (it will not be needed), remove the parts on which there is rot, and then cut off the excess areas, giving the tree a beautiful look.
An important stage in the manufacture of snags – its processing. If the snag was cut near a dead tree and was not in the water, then first put it in the oven and hold it at a temperature of 200 degrees (but not more – otherwise it may be charred).
A snag for an aquarium with your own hands is not a painstaking process, but a long one. Remember that you can not skip a single stage.
After you have heated it in the oven, prepare a salt solution at the rate of 1 kg of salt per 10 liters of water and boil the snag in it for 3 hours.
The longer the tree boils, the darker it becomes. Then it should be lowered into a container with fresh water and kept there for 2-3 weeks under a press.
The process can be considered complete if the snag itself is held in the water column without additional devices.
Once this has happened, place it in the aquarium without additional load. If done correctly, it will sink, and being in an aquarium will not excrete mucus and stain water.
Making a snag for an aquarium with your own hands is very simple, the main thing is to follow all the rules for its preparation and processing.