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Adding an aquarium to your landscape must be the ultimate due to its unique nature and aesthetic value. Although it may seem a complicated art, aquascape has been in existence for several decades, and thus one can borrow some of the previously used ideas and add their personal touch. Some of the old ideas include adding rocks and wood in the aquarium.
New aquarium trendIn the recent past, it has become impossible to talk about designing a landscape without mentioning the use of aquarium driftwood. One of the reasons is because Bonzai offers landscapers the choice of many colors and sizes. Most importantly, Bonzai can be crafted so to suit unique needs but at the same time maintain its natural feel.Similarly, Bonzai driftwood has a become a trendy design idea in aquascape for its ability to create a natural scene Noteworthy; aqua scaping involves a lot of science because of the aqua-life involved. On the other hand, it involves exhibition of beauty which should not be lost in the midst of preserving the aqua-life. It is, therefore, a tough balance of beauty and life because having an aqua-life is solely not about raising fish.To landscapers in the aqua space world, bonsai driftwood is the ultimate accessory. This is because bonsai driftwood carries with it an extraordinary touch of beauty but at the same time provides the much-needed safety for the qualify.
Maintain lower PH levelForemost, aquascape with bonsai works to soften the PH level in water which in turn lowers the PH level. Specifically, bonsai contain tannic acid that softens the water thereby lowering the PH level. The lowering of the water PH can be very beneficial more so for fish species that grow well in an acidic habitat as opposed to the natural PH.Also, it has been shown that bonsai makes the aquarium look more natural by making the water look natural. In fact, the water resembles natural environments such as rivers.Moreover, bonsai driftwood is now available as a handcrafted piece that binds the fragments of wood considered aquarium- safe together. The bonsai driftwood is crafted in many shapes and sizes and uniquely imitates a beautiful underwater tree for the aqua space.More so, Bonzai driftwood a proves an ideal piece in aqua space as it can be used to change the natural hue of water. Noteworthy, Only certain species work in this regard. Therefore where one wishes to have an aquarium with slightly differently colored water, they should ascertain that they use the correct species.Another benefit is that bonsai driftwood is a source of food for the aquatic species. More so, bonsai driftwood is rich in nutrients for fish. Some of its nutrient content are ignin and cellulose.In addition to acting as a safe hide away for fish, bonsai driftwood is beneficial as it provides an ideal habitat for the good bacteria. The good bacteria works to eliminate the harmful substances that may be contained in water such as nitrates and ammonia. Remember, the key to providing a comfortable aquatic life is providing an environment that is nearly similar to the natural habitat.
Bonzai act as a filtration systemFurther, the bonsai leaves act as a filtration system for nitrates and thus aid in creating a balanced carbon cycle. Moreover, just like most aquatic plants, adding fish tank ornaments in the aquarium helps in the aeration of the water. Essentially, aerating the aquarium is saturating the water column with oxygen thus making the water an ideal space for the fish to thrive in. The wood, while undergoing photosynthesis will release oxygen and consume the carbon dioxide that fish respires.Besides, Bonzai driftwood is a 100% natural and therefore does not contain any chemicals that may be said to cause harm to the fish. Though the wood releases carbon dioxide at night, this has been proven to have no detrimental effect on the fish.Besides, having driftwood in your aqua space makes the fish more comfortable. This is because the fish will feel more protected as they have a place to hide when they feel danger around them. The twisted nature of bonsai driftwood the fact that and works well to give the fish a safe hiding space.To add to this beauty, landscapers should consider layering the bonsai driftwood with rocks. Most importantly, if considering to buy bonsai driftwoods from aquatic shops. Also, ensure that there is enough space to place the driftwood because the wood tends to be large.
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It has taken me a while to decide what I wanted to write about next, recently I've suffered a lot of unexplained losses, it has been devastating after spending so much time and money getting hold of the shrimp that I had and now I'm back to square one. On the bright side I have lots of babies in the tank, many of which look like tangtai crosses. I have decided to move all the remaining shrimp into a fresh tank downstairs in the kitchen where they can be seen more and after talking to a few people I thought I would try to do the tank as simply as possible and on a bit of a budget, getting as many things as possible from local aquatic shops. It's a bit of a challenge since most aquatic shops around here don't stock products made especially for shrimp so I've done some research on different options for people that don't want to order over the internet. Since ive only really got cherry shrimp and tangtais left and also because this will be a no thrills tank I'm only going to be stocking cherry's, tiger's and crosses. So here is where I am at so far.The tank is in place and an inert substrate has been added.I've used a substrate by Aqua-Substrate, it was about £4.50 from Maidenhead Aquatics.Since I'm trying to buy everything locally I also picked this up from Maidenhead Aquatics, some JBL Aquadur minerals, it was £14.99 but it's quite a big pot.Then finally I added some of my mironekuton dead sea minerals in between the substrate, this is not essential but I had them already and I've always added some when I've started a new tank.
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A small update about my PRL group. Unfortunately I've had some severe setbacks. Lost a lot of my PRL group, but luckily the tank with the best male and female had no trouble. This is a picture of the female. I really like the bodyshape, the red and white and the brightness of the white. Also the legs are quite good colored. I hope to continue breeding with these and build a strong an HQ group again. Although the setbacks I'm happy to see that years of selecting do pay off in the end.
Been ages since i last posted, apologies. Its about 2 months now since initial planting. First pic is after 1 month. Second pic is after 2 months. Its hard to notice the growth day to day, but seeing the comparison its really satisfying :) A lot of the HM and a little of the HC died off during the first few days when it was trying to adjust to the emersed setting, but its slowly coming back now and the lillaeopsis is going nuts! Thinking of flooding it soon but i just need to find a suitable/quality co2 system.
This is a setup I did a couple years ago but thought it would be a good start to my blog.
The goal of this tank was to build a Fluval Edge style setup at a budget price. I hunted around and managed to find one of those cheap $30ish 30cm AquaOne cubes to start me off. For the substrate I used Benibachi Black Soil:
The frame and LED also needed to be relatively cheap so a trip to Bunnings was in order:
The PVC pipes were cut and glued to make some caves:
Next were the metal pipes for my tank frame:
This flat sheet of aluminium will act as a heatsink for my CREE LEDs:
Speaking of LEDs:
Now for the center piece: