Inspirational aquariums: Modernist approach

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Clean and serene, this aquarium has real impact because of its hardscape — wood and rocks — accompanied by minimal planting and a few small fish.

What you will need

Tank: A medium size of 60 x 45 x 45cm/24 x 18 x 18”, plus a stand or cabinet. It needs to be of a compact shape and should be tall and wide, front to back.

Expect to pay around £300 for a Juwel Lido complete set-up or £200 for a bare tank and cabinet.

Lighting: The featured tank has LED lighting, creating a dramatic effect with strong beams of light and contrasting shadows.

Expect to pay £200 for a decent LED package.

Filtration: This tank has a built-in corner filter, so opt for a simple internal filter, built-in internal box filter or an external.

Expect to pay £30 for an internal filter, £50 for a Juwel filter and £70 for a good, medium-sized external.

CO2: A nano pressurised set has been used here, complete with ceramic diffuser, bubble counter and drop checker.

Expect to pay £70 for such a set.

Décor: Large smooth stones arranged around branching wood. Soak the wood first to remove tannins and to make it sink.

Expect to pay £50 for the rocks and £30 for the wood.

Plants: These plants are demanding species and will need that strong lighting and CO2.

Expect to pay £50 for ten pots of quality plants.

Check out some of our other inspirational aquariums:

Low maintenance island tank

Planted pico

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 December 2010 issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine. It may not be reproduced without written permission.