Aquascaping is all about adding the finishing touches to your fish tank. It involves a variety of techniques dedicated to creating an aesthetically pleasing display. By combining a variety of natural elements such as aquatic plants, stones, substrates and driftwood, you can create an ‘aquascape’ that’s great to look at and contains plenty of interest.
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Aquascaping for beginners
Aquascaping is not difficult to learn and the level of expertise you develop will depend on how much time you wish to devote to it. In many ways, it’s like gardening and landscaping on a smaller scale. You take a few simple principles and rules of visual to construction to develop a stunning aquascape aquarium.
While anything goes when it comes to creating an aquascaped landscape, there are a variety of popular styles and approaches.
This style tends not to focus on hard elements. Instead, it’s all about the choice of plants and how they’re arranged together for maximum impact. People who use this style effectively will really get to know their plants and understand how they grow and combine together.
This Japanese style has a lot in common with Zen gardening. It looks deceptively simply, but it takes real skill to master. Minimal materials are used, and this style includes the use of three main stones. The largest stone, known as the Buddha, is accompanied by two smaller attending stones.
This is a loose and abundant style where the plants are the stars of the show. Rather than opting for a structured or readily trimmed approach, aquatic plants are instead allowed to grow throughout the tank without any restriction. To perfect this style you need to understand plants and how they will grow.
This approach attempts to recreate a landscape of the natural world. It achieves this by incorporating a wide variety of materials and has led to all kinds of effects such as underwater waterfalls that use sand instead of running water. Lots of different layers need to fit together in harmony to create a cohesive design.
What are the pros and cons of different designs?
The different styles of aquascaping dictate how much maintenance is required. For instance, jungle and nature styles are less maintenance intensive than Iwagumi and Dutch aquariums. Often smaller schools of fish are used to make cleaning and maintenance easier.
What other products do you need for successful aquascaping?
As with other kinds of gardening, there’s more to successful aquascaping than just plants and hard materials. You also need to look after your plants and your tank. For instance, the Fluval CO2 Indicator Solution is used to monitor approximate CO2 levels and also helps gauge CO2 levels in aquariums.
Fluval Plant Gro Plus helps to keep your aquatic plants healthy and thriving. Micronutrients support strong aquatic plant growth and condition by providing a complete plant food formula. They help to ensure efficient plant metabolism, strengthen resistance, promotes growth rates, and improve conditions for long-term vibrancy and colour.
At Midland Waterlife, we stock a wide variety of different aquascaping products to help you start your aquascaping hobby. We’re the region’s experts when it comes to all aspects of aquarium, pond, marine, reptile and home and garden supplies and maintenance.
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