Aquarium Setup: a Step-by-Step Guide
After getting to know the basic elements of a Nature Aquarium we will present you a step-by-step setup of a 60 liter fish tank.
We will follow-up the aftermath of this setup with pictures so you will also see what happened to this tank after completion. You can click on all images for high-res picture (found on our Flickr page).
- Aquarium: 60x30x36 cm - 64 liter ADA Cube Garden 60P
- Base Layer Fertilizing Substrate: ADA Power Sand M 2 liters
- General Substrate: ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia 9 liters
- Covering Layer of Substrate: ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia Powder 3 liters
- Substrate Additives: ADA Bacter 100, ADA Clear Super
- Hardscape: Red Moor wood, Knife-stones
- Light: ADA Solar HQI 150W (7 hours per day)
- CO2: Pressurized system, ADA Do!Aqua 20D ceramic diffuser
- CO2 computer: GHL Profilux (24/7)
- Filter: ADA Super Jet ES-600
- Surface cleaning: Eheim Skim 350 surface skimmer
- Fertilizing: ADA Brighty K and ADA Brighty Step 2 (3-3ml/day)
- Sterilizing, oxygenation: Twinstar 2 Nano
- Fish, Shrimp: Ruby tetra, Amano shrimp
This 60x30x36 cm fish tank has 64 liters. We usually do not calculate with aquarium volume in our setup plants, we start from aquarium length (this is 60 centimeters in our case) because the light, the cabinet, the filter and the hardscape will be all selected to fit this standard size. This aquarium is big enough to host a stable ecosystem and small enough to be a good starting tank for all beginning aquascapers. The small size is important because of the setup costs (equipment, substrate, plants, etc.). Green Aqua has decided to present you with this aquarium install procedure taking all of the above into consideration.
It is time for us to prepare the plants for planting. Attention! This process might take a longer time, please give yourself plenty of time to complete this task and you might want to ask for some help from family members or friends. Potted plants should be taken out of the cotton. This can be done in a bucket or a dish full of water, it is easier to remove the cotton under water as it softens and roots can be pulled out of it more easily. Roots of some plants tend to interweave the cotton and that is impossible to remove with your hand. Use a pinsette for that.