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BUILDING AN AQUARIUM
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creating balancing nature

                                                     THE BUILD
I build these small aquariums a bit like LEGO: Finish sections, which later can be replaces individual, or pulled up for cutting.

The background is the first I make. Either a piece of bark, some great looking rocks or some interesting branches. They might have to be screwed or glued together, but in a way they can twist, to get through the opening. If they float, you have to boil them. One trick might be to take them from the boiling water to cold, a few times. Then they suck a lot of water. Let them cool / heat through each time.
I came up with a great idea for the background: It is attached by a magnet, sitting outside. A screw in the bark make it magnetic. Another way is to screw some branches on, to act as "legs". That way, you can open-up the centre, as it doesn't slide down.
As the appearance changes so much, when the water is added, I recommend arranging the interior with water on.
These two photos are of the same bark and branches, but without and with water.
The plants  are treated in several ways. I might drill some 1,5mm holes in the bark and branches, and tie plants to them. That way, the string will be (almost) invisible.
Make sure you find the right place for the plants, with water in a round aquarium! It change appearance so much! At the same time, be aware some plants do need more light than others.
Single plants are attached to a small stone with string as well. Some plants will appreciate a bit of sphagnum as well.
Ground covering plants are tied to their favourite soil; Gravel or sphagnum. You might have to add a few stones to weight it down.
The bottom might no be covered, but you can't see it anyway, in a round bowl or glass. And now, you can "vacuum-clean" it, while changing water, while the plants can be removed for pruning.
I generally only use three species f plants in each glass. With the limited amount of species, it is a way to make sure the glasses does not look alike.
The light can sit on a wire, attached to a washer. The washer sit on a strong magnet, glued to the back of the aquarium. Else, the LED light might be hard to keep in place over a wine glass! The bonus is, the light can be twisted to the side, when you want to get into the water, and you don't loose the light.
The wire doubles as core, and another thin one is glued on to it. I use 5V units, fitting any USB charger.
Another system is to let them share the light: The inside of a LED light-tube is mounted inside a curtain-glider. That make it stiff, and direct the light straight down.
The lit is 1 or 2 mm glass. For the 4,3 L bowl, I have glued some small pieces of glass along the edge, to let some air in. The lit on the wine glasses have one flat side, letting air in, but I have learned; it is not necessarily. Three dots of transparent glue or silikone on the lit, hold it in position.  Se my gear on this page.

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PICO: 1  4    FEMTO: 1  9