Every year, aquariums are becoming more popular. This is not surprising, because such designs are not only a stylish decorative element of any room, but also help to get rid of negative emotions. For residents of large cities, this is most relevant. You can buy an aquarium in almost every specialized store, but for handicraft lovers, we suggest do it yourself. It does not require special knowledge or expensive materials, but what you have to stock up is patience.
Aquarium: step-by-step master classes for beginners
As mentioned above, it is not necessary to have special skills if you are planning to make an aquarium with your own hands. To begin with, it is enough to purchase the necessary materials, namely:
- insulating tape;
Often in construction shops you can ask to cut glass with a special tool. Therefore, before you go shopping, calculate all the dimensions of the future aquarium. When all the materials are selected, you can safely get down to work. First, we process the edges of the glass of each workpiece.
Lay out all the blanks on the work surface, as shown in the photo. Parts that will stick together between each other must be clean, so wipe them with alcohol.
The next step is applying silicone. Pay attention to the scheme on which the lines of application of this material are marked.
For reliability, we fix the walls with an insulating tape and leave it to dry completely. Also, you can press the walls slightly to the bottom to release air from the silicone.
After the workpieces are securely fixed, we apply silicone from the inside to all joints. Leave the structure to dry.
Even if you think that everything is securely fixed, we recommend not to rush. It is better to leave the construction for at least a few days. Only in this way will you be sure that the aquarium will not start flowing and will not fall apart.
Fill it with water and various decorative elements. As you can see, in this case the aquarium will be used only as a stylish, original bedside table.
For those who want to create an amazing world in an aquarium, you should do it a little differently. Of course, to begin with, we make an approximate scheme on paper and calculate the design parameters. Only after this, you can safely go purchase materials.
In the process of work we need the following:
- blanks from glass;
- painting tape;
- silicone adhesive;
We glue all the glass pieces with paint tape. This is necessary in order not to stain them with glue. Such preparatory work does not take too much time.
On the inside, apply the painting tape with a small distance from the edge. This is to ensure that the glass pieces are securely attached to each other.
By the same principle, we glue not only the side glass parts, but also the front, and also the rear.
The glass that will be the bottom of the aquarium is pasted on all sides, as shown in the photo.
Put the book on the work surface and place the bottom of the aquarium on top. We put a small drop of silicone on the butt and leave for two hours. When it is solid, cut it with a blade, leaving a small protrusion. It is this point will guide you in the process of applying silicone. Keep in mind that the glass should never come into contact. Otherwise, the aquarium will simply crack after filling with water.
We glue the front glass and fix it with a can of water. It is necessary for it to lean on inward.
The next step is fixing the end glass. It is very important that it is located at a right angle only. For more reliable fixing we use a paint tape.
Next we fix the second end glass. The last one is the back wall of the aquarium. It is also very important to glue the painting tape. It helps to hold the glass more tightly and does not let it fall into the aquarium.
After an hour, you can additionally apply silicone to the internal seams. This is especially true if the aquarium is quite large. Leave it a few days before it dries.
We remove the painting tape and fill the aquarium with water to the top. Carefully inspect it and in case the water flows, merge it and dry the seam. Fill it with silicone and leave for another day.
Only after that carefully wash the aquarium, we fill it with water, various decorative elements and if desired put fish into it.
Aquarium design: general recommendations
Of course, the aquarium looks very attractive, even if no scheme is used during the design. But still we recommend taking into account the general style of the room, so that this composition really looked harmonious.
Also, before going for a purchase, it is necessary to decide what exactly you want to see in the aquarium: the flora or fauna? The fact is that all living beings are quite demanding both to environmental conditions and to neighbors. Therefore, if you do not consider this moment, some problems may occur. For example, the destruction of vegetation or the aggressive behavior of some species in relation to others.
As for the composition schemes for the aquarium, there are only four of them.
- Convex form is characterized by the location of volume objects strictly in the center. That is, the size of the remaining parts decreases to the edges of the aquarium.
- In its turn, a concave scheme assumes an entirely opposite arrangement.
- Often, many people choose a rectangular scheme, as this means that the aquarium can be filled with the same size and height objects.
- And, of course, the triangular scheme means that the height of all the decorations gradually decreases, forming a geometric figure.
Aquarium in the interior
Creating and decorating an aquarium is a truly fascinating activity that will appeal not only to adults, but also to children. Try interesting combinations, experiment with the layouts of parts. This is the only way to achieve a truly beautiful result.