Coconut in the aquarium: assistant decorator
As a rule, after the installation and settlement of an artificial reservoir, most aquarists think about decorating it and making all kinds of houses or shelters for fish. This topic is constantly popular. And this is not surprising, because using only your imagination you can make all sorts of compositions, using various natural materials and vegetation for this purpose. And what if for this purpose coconut is used for an aquarium? Is it possible to make something truly original and attractive out of it?
Coco for aquarium and its benefits
It is difficult to overestimate the usefulness and effectiveness of a coconut shell in an aquarium. Not only is it almost a ready-made house for various types of fish, so also its production will not require any special financial and physical costs. In addition, the benefits of coconut still include:
- Inconsistency to the processes of decay.
- Negative buoyancy, allowing the coconut shell to instantly sink to the bottom.
- Gorgeous aesthetic appearance.
- High environmental friendliness.
- Bactericidal, which eliminates the development of pathogens.
In addition, shelters from this shell will be appreciated:
- small cichlids;
Coconut in the aquarium: we make the scenery
Probably, many will agree with the statement that nothing can bring as much satisfaction as a hand-made thing. The same applies to the creation of decorations from coconut. Unlike other materials that can irreparably change the internal microclimate of an aquarium or suitable only to certain fish, coconuts can be used as a decor, regardless of the type of fish found in the artificial pond. And this is not to mention the ease of creating any scenery. So, the tools needed to work with this fruit include:
The purchase of this fruit will make absolutely no problem because of its wide availability in any fruit shop. After the acquisition, you must release the juice from it. This can be done with a nail or drill. But it is worth paying special attention to the careful conduct of all manipulations. In addition, before starting drilling, you need to shake this fruit. If the sound of splashing milk is clearly audible during shaking, this means that the coconut is fresh. If this is not heard, then the best thing you can do is throw it away and not use it as food.
Next you need to cut the coconut. But before that it is necessary to know the exact shape of the future decorative design. If you plan to make a house, you must remove the back of the shell. And if, for example, a boat is created, then it is necessary to cut the fruit into 2 equal halves.
Once this procedure is completed, you can proceed to the final stage, namely the separation of the pulp. This can be done with a knife or scourer made of metal.
As for getting rid of the fibers growing on the shell, this solution is purely individual.
It is also worth noting that you should not immediately put the cleaned coconut in the aquarium. So, it is recommended to soak it in water and leave it there for several days, changing the water periodically. Carrying out such a procedure will allow it to perfectly clean.
After that, all that remains is boil coconut for 10 minutes. This action will not only prevent staining of water in a brownish tint, but also will allow to exclude even the slightest chance of harming the inhabitants of an artificial reservoir.
Important! If during the opening of the coconut shell a pink bloom is visible inside, then it is not recommended to use it for an aquarium.
Start making a coconut house
Undoubtedly, a coconut house is one of the most popular decorative compositions. quote often can be seen in many artificial reservoirs. Although it is quite simple to make it, any hasty or careless action can damage the entire structure being created. So, the first thing you need to accurately determine the future hole.
It is also necessary to take into account that the shell thickness does not exceed 3-5 mm, therefore all procedures must be carried out very carefully. So, take a hacksaw and saw off with it a section of the shell with 3 closed openings. Keep in mind that during this shavings will fly, and the pulp itself will need to be scraped.
As practice shows for this purpose, even a decent knife will not always cope. Therefore, it is recommended to use a knife with a fairly thick blade. After that, you can proceed to the gradual removal of layers of pulp from the fruit. To greatly simplify the whole process, experienced aquarists advise making a cut to the central part of the coconut, and already starting from there in a circle to make similar cuts. It is worth noting that it can take up to several hours to completely get rid of the pulp.
Also, some owners of artificial reservoirs create a hole with pliers. To do this, they simply break through the intended area with their subsequent sanding of sharp edges.
At first glance, it seems that this design is much easier to do. But even here it will be necessary not only to apply a certain force, but to spend several hours of your personal time. So, the first step is to take a coconut in one hand and find on it the lines connecting its halves. After they are discovered, use a hacksaw to cut the fruit in a neat way. As a result, the broken parts must resemble a boat in their form. Also during the sawing procedure, it is necessary to be extremely careful, as the blade can slip off very often.
If you do not want to saw through the shells to the end, then you can chop the nut with a hammer, making cuts in certain places. It is worth noting that the process of pulp removal in this case is much faster.
And finally, I would like to note that a well-prepared exposition of coconut will not only be a great decoration for an aquarium, but also an excellent refuge for its inhabitants.
We build a grotto in the aquarium of stones, clay, wood
For the aquarium fish lover, the most important principle is a comfortable and safe pet life. Those who are seriously interested in issues of a comfortable settlement and well-being of a water nursery are constantly interested in issues of beauty, cleanliness and safety of a home pond. Each fish, shrimp, snail needs its own shelter, where it can protect itself from prying eyes or aggressive behavior of neighbors in the house.
The grotto for the aquarium is an indispensable item of the underwater world, but getting a quality product is not so easy. You can buy it in the store, make it yourself, but no one can protect the lives of pets like you do. Any available material is not always suitable for the construction of a fish dwelling. Poor quality glue, toxic materials and parasites can be on any surface.
Grottoes are great as decoration for any aquarium.
A kind of refuge for the fish just do it yourself, after selecting the appropriate starting materials. Eliminate construction glue, paint, plastic, glass and sealants. Firstly, they are malicious, and secondly, if improperly treated, they can injure a pet. How to make a grotto for an aquarium, as well as examples of grottoes from stones and other useful materials are given below.
How to make a grotto of stone
You can easily make a grotto for aquarium out of stone with your own hands, for this you will need:
- Steam-treated sea or river stones (pebbles) of the same size;
- Silicone aquarium adhesive sealant with a gun;
- Stand for stones.
Put on the stand the first layer of stones in the desired shape so that it looks like a horseshoe. On each layer of stones apply sealant in such quantity that the stones are well attached to each other. Avoid glue leaking from the holes.
Watch a short video on how to make a cave of stone.
To make the outlines of the grotto, you must take any cone-shaped packaging or roll, and place it in the center of the structure. Let it stay there until the outline of the shelter appears. Some aquarists recommend putting crumpled paper in it to build the roof of the structure, but this is not always a convenient solution. It is easier to lay out the pebbles layer by layer, attaching it with glue.
After the seams are dried, the cave should be placed in water for several days, replacing it daily. It is necessary to flush out harmful compounds from stones and glue. After the entire procedure, the cave can be run into the aquarium. It will turn out to be a beautiful, massive and mysterious grotto, where your fish will live with pleasure.
How to make a grotto of wood
A grotto made of wood can also be made by hand. The material handling procedure will take much longer, but its look and benefits are worth it. Do not use water-staining wood (for example, oak), or rotten snags.
Using the available tools (hacksaws, saws, drills) make the required number of holes in the tree. All openings with channels must be set on fire so that the wood does not start to rot in the future. Using emery paper, clean the surface of the material to remove all scuffs and splinters. Place the tree for how many days in a separate tank of water to process. The tree softens the water, the fish in such a grotto will be very comfortable.
Clay is a natural eco-material from which they make useful things with their own hands. Some use pots of clay and process them with boiling water, placing them in an aquarium, others mold the structures themselves.
If you buy clay, let it be of high quality and without dyes (blue, yellow, black, red clay will not work). It is possible to make a construction of any size and any shape, the main thing is that the opening for entry should correspond to the size of the fish. After modeling, clay is burned at a high temperature in the oven or stove. You have to be a good master so that the material does not fall apart after production.
Look at the grotto of the original form.
Some fish lovers prefer to bring corals from the resorts, and place them immediately in the aquarium to the fish. Such a decision is not always correct, since untreated corals can injure fish, and microorganisms that have settled in their channels can become a source of disease.
Cement and concrete have a strong alkaline reaction - in acidic water with a pH of 7.0 and below, structures made of these materials are permissible. However, in neutral and alkaline water, cement will spoil the water, and it will be unsuitable for fish. In addition, to make high-quality grottoes with their own hands from such durable materials is quite difficult. Simple and proven materials guarantee your life and health to your fish.
See also: House of the mowed shell - how to do it yourself.