Who are the coconuts and where do they get to our aquariums?
If you have an aquarium with shrimps or fish that love shelters, the quickest, easiest and budget option is to use coconuts in the aquarium. They are also suitable for small fish with suckers, such as antsistrusov, which simply need a snag in the aquarium for digestion, but you don’t have one yet. (How to choose snags, read here).
Coconuts, coconuts or “сoconuts” in English, grow on coconut palm trees. The name is derived from the Portuguese word "coco", which translates as "monkey." And if you look at the next video, about how to collect coconuts, it becomes clear why. Here the truth is in the main role of a man :))
Where to get and how to make coconuts for an aquarium?
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The minus of this option is the long waiting time for the package with the goods, and the inability to choose the exact form that you are planning.
3. The simplest and cheapest way I use is to make the scenery and coconut myself.
We go to any more or less decent supermarket and buy a nut of the appropriate shape or size. The price, on average, 1 euros apiece. For this money you will receive an ornament for the aquarium, a delicious meal, you will have a drink of coconut milk, and with its taste, as in the advertisement "Baunty", you will be transferred to a sunny tropical beach.
How to prepare a shell? My experience.
After this, you can try to get the edible internals with a knife. And you can take a hacksaw or electric jigsaw and cut a nut in accordance with your ideas. Whatever the fish are not injured, sharp edges can be walked by sandpaper.
Coconut shell initially has a negative buoyancy, that is, it drowns in water without treatment. But I before laying, boiling for an hour just in case. Although, when boiling, the color of the coconut becomes almost black. But I love dark colors in the aquarium, with them any fish looks more effective, so this method suits me. But after cooking, it almost immediately stops painting water. At some forums I read that people soak shells in a week, or even two. Sense in this I do not see absolutely. I put the coconut in an aquarium with very small fry and shrimps, and everyone was alive and happy.
I also do not clean rags from the surface of the nut. First, it looks much more natural, and in the second fish and shrimp themselves you will eventually polish it.
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