(50 X 26 X 35)
Working with big tanks is quite easy because you have a lot of space and is possible to create elaborated "landscapes"; but when you have only 50 cm of space, there comes the real challenge! First of all, you need very small objects to put inside, therefore you have to search with great patience every single stone and every plant. Second, you have to achieve a remarkable sense of perspective, much deeper that the real dimension of the tank. Third (and maybe more important) the aquarium you create, must work well, a very difficult thing to realize, because, as everybody knows, small aquariums are biologically more overbalanced then big ones.
I have to tell you that, for all this reasons, I enjoy to create the interior design for small tanks! It's difficult, therefore more exciting to do!
In the following pictures, you can see how it is possible to create something peculiar in small space.
Oriental Morning (upper photo) &
Oriental Morning 3 month later (lower photo)
Tank : cm. 50 X 26 X 35
Temperature : 24 - 25° C.
Lights : 1 neon 15 Watt
Mechanical parts: 1 Biological filter of 1 lt., 1 pump 300 lt/h, 1 heater 30 Watt.
Plants: Echinodorus amazonicus, Anubias spec., Cabomba caroliniana
Animals : 5 Cheirodon axelrodi, 10 Paracheirodon innesi, 5 Copella arnoldi
Chemistry : Kh 1-2, Ph, 6.2- 6.5, Gh 3, No2 0, No3 0
Water change: every 2 weeks, 1/3 of the total.
Notes: Sometimes, after a while, nature reorganize, by her needs, the tank. I like to follow her will, paying attention of the interior design, trimming the plants every day to keep them in shape.