An Autumn In Japan
I created this aquascape to give the viewer the feeling of a Japanese pond in autumn. This is a very simple design, made using only artificial plants. The tank was built for Carassius auratus, a beautiful fish that eats a lot and pollutes the water in a very short time. So I used the cases of 2 biological filters, one on the left side and one on the right, one filled only with ceramic cylinders for bacteria, the other one filled only with sponge for a good, mechanical filtration.
The problem here was to cover the filters without having a flat look. When you have to do parallels, in aquascape design, you always have to find the way to unbalance the decoration not to have a boring, too geometrical design. In this case I used a plant on the rear that creates a wave from the left to the right. In this way the "geometric" look changes, and the aquascape becomes more natural.
Tank : cm. 85 X 40 X 55
Temperature :20° C.
Lights : 2 neon 20 watt, one for plants (even if I used artificial plants, the reddish colour of the light makes the Carassius auratus more shinny) and one 10.000°K fluorescent tube.
Mechanical parts: 1 biological filter 30 lt. filled only with ceramic cylinders plus 1 filter 30 Lt with only sponge, and 2 pumps, one for bacteria of 650 Lt/h and the other one of 900 Lt/h.
Chemistry : KH>10, pH>8, GH>12, NO2=0, NO3=0-15
Water change: every 2 weeks, 1/2 of the total water.