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Driftwood, Stones and Coconuts in the Aquarium. (Part No.1: Snag!) How to Choose the Right One!

Driftwoods in the aquarium. What are they for?

When I began to dream of my aquarium, I immediately imagined it as a piece of flooded forest seen on the canal. National Geographic. With its endless labyrinths, in which fantasy scalars swim leisurely and brilliantly bright neon shines. And, of course, to create such an amazing world at home, we need snags, one or more. I began to study this question, and I learned that in the world of aquariums a fairly large number of different kinds of snags are used. For myself, I once systematized all this and now I want to share with you.

What types of wood are suitable for aquariums.

Now in pet stores and the Internet you can often find the following types:

1. Bog oak.

Oak (Bog wood), just a gift for the decoration of the aquarium from nature itself. The fact is that the driftwood for use in aquaristics should be properly handled. And here, nature has done everything for us. Once, a few centuries ago, an oak tree fell into a swamp, clay or silt, and there, thanks to the lack of oxygen and contents of tannins in the tree itself, it was well preserved. Tannins They are compounds of plant origin that inhibit the growth of pathogenic microorganisms and prevent rotting. Later, already in the aquarium, driftwood from the stained oak tree begins to be allocated tannic substances that have a great effect on the health and development of fish. The tree itself is very heavy and dense, so you can not use any tools to keep it on the bottom. The first time can paint water in tea colour, but you should not be afraid of it. This is only useful for our inhabitants. This stained oak, because of its strength, is considered to be a truly precious material and is used, for example, in the manufacture of smoking pipes.

2. Red moorwood.

As I understand it, this is not the mahogany from which expensive furniture is made. But I used it to design our aquarium Juwel Vision.

These snags are much lighter than stained oak wood. They will float up and therefore they need time to sink. For this, I used suckers with plastic clamps and fishing line. They can be sucked to the glass bottom and disguise the ground. Or tie the stones with fishing line for the first time.

The roots of mahogany almost do not paint water, but at first can form a white fungus on the surface (you can see in the photo). At first I tried to fight him. I took the snags and washed them under the shower with a brush. Then I read that the fungus is harmless and started Ancistrus (ancistrus), who eventually ate everything and the problem fell away.

3. Roots from the root of an iron tree. (Mopani wood).

These snags are more like stones than on a piece of wood. And they weigh also. Very heavy. From its kind, gravity and fortress can easily be used to design aquariums with cichlids.

4. The roots of mangrove trees. (Mangrove roots).

Mangrove trees or Mangroves- evergreen plants that grow in tidal zones, so their roots are often under water. They look very original and are often used in the design of biotope aquariums.

5. Driftwood. Driftwood.

I do not even know how to choose a translation in Russian. Drift is translated as drift, that is, drifting and in English it means any kinds of wood, mostly tropical trees, carried by the sea tide to the land. In other words, marine wood waste. Very good option for aquarium decoration. Firstly, you can find a myriad of shapes and sizes, and secondly, as with a stained oak, nature has already taken care of the preparation for the aquarium. First, she thoroughly salted and soaked the wood, and then dried it on the sunny beach. Collect, select and decorate the aquarium.

6. Budget view.

In principle, you can find and prepare a snag for the aquarium, and most, especially if the volume is not large. Here the whole problem is the size. Usually, before decorating the aquarium, it is boiled or baked in the oven. But believe me, even for the 180 liter aquarium, the roots found do not fit into any pot in the house. A wrongly prepared wood will eventually start to rot quickly, spoil the water in the aquarium and bring various diseases there.
And yet, if the size is small and you decided to do creativity, here's a list of suitable and contraindicated tree species for making decorations in the aquarium.

Safe trees:

Oak
Alder
Birch
Pear
Cherry
Apple tree
Beech

Dangerous trees:

Cedar
Ale
Pine, avoid any coniferous evergreen trees.
Lilac-venomous
Chestnut
The vine is not suitable because of the rapid process of rotting.
And of course, do not collect snags and roots within the city, otherwise all the toxins they accumulate will eventually be in your aquarium.
And yet, if the snag is heavy, before installing, place a substrate, for example, from foam plastic, under the points of contact with the glass bottom, and mask it with soil. Otherwise, all the weight will put pressure on one point and the glass may burst.

7. Artificial.

In the modern world, with its technologies and 3D printers, you can simulate almost any decor for the aquarium.

Such scenery has its pros and cons. The pluses, of course, can be attributed to the fact that such roots do not need to be prepared and if ordered from serious manufacturers, it can be made for any size and shape of the aquarium. The drawbacks are that there is no benefit to fish and shrimp from it. And for example, all the same ancistrus simply need a tree for digestion, otherwise it will begin to ache.

I ordered artificial driftwood with Aliexpress and ebay. And both times I read forums about how paint peels off them and was afraid to put them in the aquarium.

Still, when I thought of installing an 3D background in the aquarium, I came across this broker (www.aqua-maniac.com) They also have snags. Prices there are a bit biting, but "judging by the reviews on the Internet, you can be completely calm for the safety of your pets, and make the design on an individual order.

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  1. Lola says:

    De bruine eik vind ik echt een mooie aquariumhout. Ik zoek al een tijdje naar die soort hout. Kunnen er plantjes op groeien als ik de hout in mijn aquarium zet?

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