Inspirational aquariums: Classic nature aquarium

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Achieving a look like this is not as hard as you might think.

It’s never been easier to create a good-looking nature aquarium. Invest in some decent planting substrate and some quality hardscape materials, such as spindly pieces of wood and some attractive rocks and take plenty of time to get them looking right before you start.

Then it’s simply a case of planting heavily, adding good lights and offering plenty of light and CO2.

This extra wide tank offers plenty of scope for aquascaping.

What you will need

90 x 60 x 45cm/36 x 24 x 18” aquarium £160

T5 luminaire £328

Soil planting substrate £60

Hardscape materials £150

Plants £150

External filter £60

Heater £25

Pressurised CO2 system £100

Test kits £20

Total: £1053

Optional extra

In-line heater £35

This item was first published in the Christmas 2009 issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine. It may not be reproduced without written permission.