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One of the reasons for the need to personally perform this interior accessory is the absence in a small space, say, in a one-room apartment, sufficient space to install an aquarium. Or another situation - in a private house there are conditions for using a container of non-standard configuration, but the samples presented on sale do not meet aesthetic needs or are too small.


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List of materials and devices

If you decide how to make an aquarium for a turtle or fish, visit the nearest hardware store - usually the type of future products is determined by the availability of the necessary materials. Sample list:

  • glass cutter;
  • roulette;
  • metal corner;
  • stationery knife;
  • sponges;
  • glue (sealant) and dispenser to it;
  • masking tape;
  • substrates;
  • putty knife;
  • ruler;
  • rags;
  • clips holders.


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How to do an aquarium with your own hands?

The first stage is glass preparation. The material is cut so that the bottom was placed in the walls - the sealant is firmly fixed in tension. All areas where glue is supposed to be applied are degreased with white spirit or acetone.

To protect the glass from excess glue, you can use masking tape - if you collect an aquarium with your own hands without this tape, it is unlikely that you will be able to clean the surface of sealant stains (it covers the edges of the material). When gluing between the glass should be a gap. The table on which the work will be done must be covered with a film in advance.


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First, connect the bottom and front glass, for convenience, use the props of wooden bars. Next, glue the ends - they are additionally fixed to the front face with pieces of masking tape. The last stage - installing the rear window.

Fresh excess adhesive can be wiped off with a damp sponge, if they had time to dry - excessively bulging areas are cut off with a stationery knife. After 2 hours, the seams are again reinforced with sealant. The tape used for fixing the ends can be removed after one day, and the tape that protected the glass from glue drops is removed after the latter has dried.

An additional measure of strengthening are stiffening ribs glued approximately 5-6 hours after the container is assembled. If you want to collect a large aquarium in the apartment, you should take care of the presence of glass screeds. The first water test is carried out every other day, if no leaks are found, the tank is left filled for 2 days, then it can already be settled with fish.


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An important element of security

Making an aquarium ends with the construction of a cover; there are several ways to make it. The simplest option is to use light thin PVC sheet, they cover the container without any extra tricks. When there is a need for more presentable products, the cover is made of durable plastic with built-in lighting, for convenience, a loop handle is provided.


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If an amateur or designer is engaged in the choice of interior additions, the aesthetic parameters of products are at the forefront. The user decides where to put the bowl, and in accordance with the style of the room selects the type of container, technical stuffing. As a result, the aquarium in the interior of the apartment looks harmonious, but the vegetable and animal diversity of its inhabitants fades into the background. If the environment is not conducive to the introduction of service equipment, often the exit becomes a dry aquarium in the interior - it does not require specific care, creates the expected surroundings.

In the case of a professional approach, flora and fauna are initially chosen - priority fish and plants for the aquarium, crustaceans and mollusks are determined, their allowable quantity is calculated for a given water volume. The finishing touches - the choice of the shape of the bowl and the specific equipment. Here the characteristics of the micro-world prevail; external aesthetics are not so significant.


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It is accepted to distinguish the following types of aquariums for the house:

  • corner;
  • wall mounted;
  • panoramic;
  • classic rectangular, square.

A compact round aquarium is not included in the classification, as it usually does not have communications and has a predominantly decorative value.


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A practical angular aquarium in the interior performs 2 tasks - successfully plays around the junction of two walls and harmoniously complements the decoration of the room. It is equally in demand for both living rooms and office space. The significant width of the transparent zone and the overall depth of the tank are advantageous conditions that benefit any designer's idea. Often these beautiful aquariums are introduced into office bars, they can also serve as an original lighting element.

The wall modification is quite narrow, it is difficult to take care of it manually, and therefore such bowls, despite their unsurpassed originality and attractiveness, have not previously been in demand by experienced aquarists. Their modern variations are quite universal, they are hung on the walls like living paintings. In them the microenvironment is supported automatically - innovative technical solutions are responsible for this.


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Both a large and small panoramic aquarium will have curved front glass. The front face is always clear, while the shape can be any - round, rectangular, angular. Thanks to the illusion of a magnifying glass, everything that happens inside the bowl can be discerned in the smallest detail.

The rectangular marine aquarium allows you to create optimal conditions for the maintenance of flora and fauna - if the width and height of the tank are approximately equal, the water is fully enriched with oxygen, the inhabitants get freedom of movement. The design of an aquarium of this type can be any - the bottom area allows you to realize even the most complex projects. The only drawback is the substantial dimensions, not every room can be organically entered.


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The silicate glass is transparent and solid, it is not afraid of minor mechanical effects and contact with chemicals, but it is easy to break. Acrylic models are plastic and flexible, not so fragile, but they also have a drawback - vulnerability to chemicals and abrasive phenomena. In rooms where glass can come into contact with heavy objects (including in kindergartens), acrylic aquariums are installed - they are safer.

The price-quality ratio of the tank is not as pronounced as in the case of any other glass products. Often the reason for the high price tag is not the improved functionality, but the augmented design. For this reason, experienced aquarists recommend to make containers with their own hands, but to complement them with high-quality modern service equipment.


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