After 3 years out of the hobby (marine) some of the fantastic aquascaped tanks caught my eye... and my interest.
I decided to build a nano tank to try my hand at a planted, aquascaped, tank and also to give something for my kids to be interested in.
is one of the things i enjoy ALOT. I find the experience of these stages to be the most memorable and enjoyable and the 'maintenance' becomes much less interesting and engaging so i tried to prolong and enjoy every moment. I brought my son with me to pick out the tank (4 year old who thought he was making all the decisions) and I also let him do his own aquascape. In the end, i just told him that "daddy made a few changes to your design" and he was happy.
Some specific requirements i had for myself, and from my wife.
1) It had to be small... we just dont have much room in our house with a second kid and continue to try to find a new place. My next house will have a 80+ gallon tank (marine or planted, i haven't decided yet)
2) My children would be looking at the tank from the right side, so i was limited in my choices of aquascaping design and levels
3) I wanted it to be as low maintenance as possible
4) It had to be rimless... because it just looks sexy
Final Tank: 40x23x25CM (Approx 6 gallons)
Substrate: ADA Amazonia LIGHT
- Apparently less ammonia leak and i like the more natural brown look
Lighting: New Chihiros RGB Series
Filtration: Aquaclear 30 for now w/ Biohome Ultimate
: I found that i really
enjoyed playing around with the driftwood i purchased... cutting off pieces from one branch and gluing it to another to make something completely new.
This was the perfect tool for the size of wood i was playing with.. and here is some of my glue-work.... Any nasty glue spots will be covered with moss.
Another trick i learnt online was that using superglue + baking soda creates an instant cement. This was perfect
for gluing small branches onto my mini tree. Typically it would take like 1-2 minutes to set before i could move but with baking soda it would set within 1-2 seconds and it would be rock hard.
Some pieces came together really nice
I also discovered that dragonstone could be cut VERY easily by that same tool and i was able to shave off pieces of stone that were making it difficult to fit into areas.
I also used putty (like the kind teachers use to stick paper on the wall) to hold pieces in place while i did trial aquascapes)
Here are some of my original layout designs.
Every once in a while i would get my wifes input/opinion on ideas.
with the aquascaping is that this tank would be viewable from two sides... the front (adults) and the side (my kids) so i had to break some aquascaping guidelines to accomplish this.
Instead of having a low depth in the front that gradually got higher in the back i had to go from a right to left incline so my kids (viewing from the right side) could see everything.
I tried to incorporate the 'rule of thirds' (look it up) to keep interesting perspective and alignment
Finally ready for water:
Covered the front area in dwarf hairgrass and my tree in weeping moss.
Now... any suggestions for what i should plant in the back left??
I was thinking a bushier plant??
Or maybe a red one?