Let's talk a little about the stones for the aquarium, where to get them and which ones are better.
Properly selected stones can decorate the appearance of the aquarium and improve the life of its inhabitants.
What are the stones in the aquarium for?
- Giving a beautiful appearance to the aquarium;
- To regulate water quality;
- For some aquarium fish, they promote reproduction and survival.
Where to get stones for an aquarium
In general, stones for an aquarium can be found anywhere, for example:
- Purchase at a specialized pet store, the least troublesome option;
- Find yourself on the sea beach or river bank, in quarries for the extraction of building stone.
Currently, stones for an aquarium are divided into two conventional types:
- Stones of natural origin;
- Artificial stones.
Natural stones of natural origin should be used in the aquarium with caution, not all stones can be suitable for aquarium fish.
Marble, slate, limestone, shells, dolomites - increase the hardness of the water in the aquarium.
Porous sandstone, limestone, calcareous tuff - increase the alkalinity of water.
The most neutral are granite, quartz, gneiss, gray sandstone. These types of stones can be safely placed in an aquarium.
Sea stones can be used in the aquarium only after special treatment, as a rule, stones are boiled in water several times.
Artificial stones are made, as a rule, of non-toxic plastics and they can be safely used in the decoration of the aquarium decor.
What else should you focus on when choosing stones for an aquarium:
- We determine the fish that will live in the aquarium, one fish needs soft water (tropical fish species), the other alkaline water (sea species);
- The selected stone should not crumble and crumble upon mechanical impact on it;
- The stone should not be too heavy so as not to damage the aquarium;
- There should not be various spots on the stone - orange, green in such stones various metals can be present;
- It is advisable to select stones from one natural material into the aquarium.