180 L Planted Aquarium Journal

Through building and maintaining beautiful nature aquaria people re-learn the intricate connections between forms of life, plants, fish, microorganism and humans. Riches and beauty come from harmony, from balance. Aquaria are great teachers of this truth. Takashi Amano


Planning my 180 L nature aquarium

This is my first choice for the aquascape.

My second choice. After approx. two years of researching ( books & net ) and one year of planning what kind of aquarium, fish and plants I wont, here I am, ready to start!I decided to have a 180 liter tank even though I was quiet hot about the 240 liter one. The reason I picked up the smaller one is the pure design of my living space, it fits better. I had a lot of problems and doubts about which fish to decide for this tank. First I was into a cichlid lake idea with lots of stones as an aqua-scape, but the cichlid temper is to boisterous that it doesn't suit me at all. Than I decided to have a community tank with gouramis and such. I dropped this idea because the gouramis can be as well a bit bully towards the others and I do not want to have any fish that is harassing the rest of my aqua-life. Than I realised that I should probably go for a tetra habitat tank that will, for sure, give me the pleasure of harmony I desire.

Fauna list ( initial ) : 10 rummy nose tetras, 5 Bleeding Heart Tetras, 3 Corydoras adolfoi, 3 Oto's & 1 SAE. ( Later might add several Amano shrimps & 1 Botia sidthimunki to keep the snail population down )
Flora list ( initial ) : eleocharis acicularis ( grass-like 10 cm plant medium growth ), cryptocoryne wendtii ' tropica ' ( 12 cm medium growth ), microsorum pteropus ( java fern 15 cm growth slow ), riccia fluitans ( 5 cm carpet plant growth medium ), ludwigia arcuata ( 30 cm medium growth ), hygrophila polysperma ( 30 cm growth very fast ), ceratopteris cornuta ( 35 cm growth fast ), ceratopteris thalictroides ( 15 cm growth very fast ), heteranthera zosterifolia ( 30 cm growth fast ).

List of needs :
180 liter aquarium Jewel ( I realised tonight that two years ago I bought my first 22 liter aquarium in Dublin for 100 euro and now I am paying 230 euro here in Sweden for 180 l. Now that is not normal !!! )
40 kg plain gravel
plant fertiliser ( tablets )
2 x net
bog wood
4 x lava rock
DIY CO2 ( tubing, check valve, air stone )
2 x thermostat
fish food
algae scraper