Inspirational aquariums: Back to nature aquarium

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This set-up will appeal to biotope creators and those who want freshwater tanks with a more natural feel.

In this aquarium the Woodrock background conceals the heater and filtration and, with a few plants, twigs and natural gravel, it’s a layout many freshwater fish will love.

What you will need

120 x 50 x 50cm/48 x 20 x 20” tank and cabinet £500

Pendant lighting from metal halide or LED £450

120 x 50cm/48 x 20”  Woodrock background £250

Heater £20

Pump and filter media, behind the background £50

Substrate £25

Plants £15

Twigs £15

Rocks £10

Water conditioners £20

Test kits £20

Total: Expect to pay around £1,375

Optional extras

CO2 system £150

Substrate fertiliser £50

Check out some of our other inspirational aquariums:

Zebra plec breeding set-up

Calming moss tank

Rocky cichlid tank

Fun iwagumi

Classic nature aquarium

Medium sized reef tank

Posh nature aquarium

This item was first published in the April 2010 issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine. It may not be reproduced without written permission.