Some utilitarian ways to make your aquarium look better
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Filtration. Stagnant water usually
contains smelly anaerobic (non-oxygen requiring) bacteria.
Filtration cleans and “de-stinkifies” aquaria water. Filters
take the cloudiness out of our water.
They remove organic pollutants, colors, and smells.
They reduce the work required to keep our tanks healthy.
Aeration also “de-stinkifies” water.
The bubbles turn our water over exposing it to the oxygen-rich
atmospheric air. This inhibits
anaerobic bacteria and encourages aerobic bacteria – the good guys that
convert organic wastes (urine and feces) to less harmful products.
Just a reminder that the actual aeration takes place at the surface
– not from the tiny bubbles of air.
And, since aeration removes carbon dioxide, avoid heavy aeration in
thickly planted tanks. Use a
power head or other filtration system.
Air Pump Note.
Get the largest air pump you can afford.
If you have barely enough air to run your filter system, you’ll
need to add another air pump(s) to increase your decoration capacity. Or slap
on a power filter.
In general, the more bubbles the better for your fish – up to a
point. You don’t want to
create a maelström so turbulent your fish cannot swim against it.
However, this much current is unlikely to occur in an aquarium
(with its corners and crannies), but extremely likely to occur in a fish
Most of us are familiar with the “bubble walls.”
These long porous tubes (or bars of porous sand) make an attractive
reverse waterfall effect in the back of your aquarium.
That’s the easiest way to decorate with air.
Beware the temptation to bury your bubble wall in the gravel.
This increases the size of your air bubbles and decreases the
effect you want.
Add a Ledge.
Instead, put that bubble wall under a ledge.
This helps to hide the very ugly bubble wall and still gives you
your wall of bubbles. You can
increase the effect by adding more levels to your ledge.
Or, put your bubble wall behind a decorative rock, piece of
driftwood, or group of plastic plants.
When you put a wall of bubbles behind your driftwood, you “frame
it” with an ever-changing wall of bubbles.
This draws the observer’s eye and also encourages the growth of
mossy plant life. Attach a
start of Java lance fern or Java moss and watch it spread.
Ditto with rocks.
Bubbles coming out of the nooks and crannies in your rockwork
increase its eye appeal.
Attach Java moss to your rocks.
It will eventually grab hold and spread.
It attaches most easily to sand stone.
Air bubbling thru the leaves of plastic plants encourages the
growth of algae.
Algae loves moving water.
That’s why it grows so fast inside your filter tubes.
You can get rid of algae on plastic items by soaking them in a
bucket of water with a cup of bleach in it.
Takes about 20 minutes.
Too long in the bleach can even bleach out plastic plants.
Rinse and dry before returning any bleached objects to your aquarium.
Summary. Get those bubbles cranking. You make your tank look better. And your fishes like the extra current. LA.
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