How To Set Up Your Own Fresh Water Nature Aquarium

Setting up an aquarium is no easy task. For others, it takes more than just putting water to the aquarium, attach the filter and put the fish. What we are going to discuss is how to setup a nature aquarium in a cheaper way.

Other aquarist might have a different method but it is almost the same. This article is just a suggestion. So let’s begin.

1. Decide on the size of the tank that you wanted to setup.

2. Put the tank on a desired location. Make sure there is no direct sunlight. Algae will tend to grow if you have direct sunlight.
3. Once the tank is in place, start putting the substrate. This can be an activated soil, pebbles, river sand or any commercial substrate good for aquatic plants.
4. You can add solid fertilizer before or after you put the substrate as long as it does not make the water cloudy.

Aquarium Substrate

Put subtrate in your aquarium.

5. Setup your stones or driftwood.

Stones and Driftwood

Landscape your stones and driftwood on your desired design.

6. Put a small amount of water enough to submerge the front part and start planting.
7. The more plants you have the better.

Aquarium Water

Put a small amount of water just to submerged a small portion to enable you to plant.

8. You can now add the filter, and light.
9. CO2 fertilization is always recommended in planted tanks. It can be DIY or you can have professional setups which can be expensive.
10. Wait for about 2 to 3 months to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Do not forget that there are some other things that you need to do in order for you to be successful in nature planted aquariums. The key to success is proper maintenance which will be discussed thoroughly on my other article. The method above is just to give you an idea how things can be done in a simple way.

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