How to set up a nature aquarium in a day

by Owen James

(Image: PFK)

Practical Fishkeeping’s George Farmer has written a fantastic step-by-step guide on setting up an Amano-style nature aquarium in a day.

The tank is small yet very impressive, thanks to Farmer’s excellent aquascaping talents. We suspect it’s even better in real-life, since he’s used a rimless, braceless tank made of opti-white glass and full glass equipment.

Having said that, Farmer believes the opti-white glass made little difference in this tank, as the glass is only 5mm thin.

Lighting is provided by an Arcadia luminaire with T5 bulbs, and CO2 injection is of the high-tech variety. He’s dosing regularly:

Liquid fertilisers, ADA Green Brighty Step 1 and Ferka Balance-K are added daily, according to instructions. Dosages can be increased if the plants display signs of nutrient deficiency.

A permanent CO2 glass dropper/tester sits inside the aquarium to indicate gas levels present. It turns blue with too little, green with correct and yellow with too much. It is filled with 4KH water to achieve this colour reference with green indicating 30ppm CO2.

My substrate choice was easy, going for the reputable ADA system consisting of ADA Power Sand Special and ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia.

These are incredibly rich in nutrients and many professional aquascapers swear by them.

The tank looks gorgeous, so if you’re wondering how to create such an aquarium, go and check out George’s nature aquarium step-by-step in full.

Check out Katy's Tropical Fish Guide for more aquarium info.

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Vince 03.17.11 at 9:36 am

Here’s a good step by step guide about how to setup a nature aquarium.

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