10 gallons nature light aquarium

This tank has no artificial light. It gets dirrect light from the window. One pump is filtrating 280l/h.
Plants and shrimps only.


The Low Light Haven

112 litres
2x18 watt T-8t's + reflectors
TetraTec EX700 external filter (very silent, Zeolite, AC)
No heater
0,4-0,8mm sand
Rocks (Petrified Wood)
Plants: Hygrophila sp."Rosanervig", Cryptocoryne undulatus "green", several Echinodorus sp., Hygrophila siamensis, Anubias nana
Fertilizer: Easy Carbo 5ml every day, Pro Fito 10ml once a week
Fish: 20 x Vietnamese Cardinalfish (Tanichthys micagemmae), 20 x Boraras maculatus, 1 x Parotocinclus jumbo
Crustacians: 5 x Atya gabonensis, 10 x Caridina multidentata, 8 x Caridina propinqua, 6 Neocaridina denticulata (Red Cherry), 6 x Atyoida pilipes, several Clithon sp. snails.


The River Bank

NOTE !!! Click Here - Video UPDATE 06-11-2011

Tank dimensions; 180 litres
Lights; 2x39 watts T-5's
Filtration; 1 x 1100 l/h and 1 x 650 l/h (+ venturi air)
Substrate; fine sand 0,4-0,8mm
Background; Slim-Line Back to Nature (Red)
Decoration; Rocks and pebbles + Red Moor Wood hanging from above
Flora; Echinodorus rubra and Echinodorus harbii, aslo some Cryptocoryne sp. and Aponogeton boivinianus.
Fauna; 9x P. denisonii, 4x Garra flavatra, 4x Parotocinclus jumbo, 1x Neritina zebra snail and 4x Tylomelania sp. Gold snails
Fertiliser; Easy Carbo 8ml per day and Pro Fito 10ml weekly
More photos and some more info on;


Reef Tank - 180 lit

Tank size: 180 litres
Started: December 2008
Reef type: Soft corals
Skimmer: Ferplast internal Bluskimmer 550
Circulation pumps:
2x 2300 l/h Koralia 2
1x 990 l/h AquaClear with a Hydor Bioflo på (the AquaClear is connected to the Fluval Surface Skimmer)
2x 39 watts T-5's Aquablue 15000K (10 hours on)
2x 30 watt T-8's Sylvania Actinic (12 hours on)
1x Centropyge vroliki
2x Amphiprion Ocellaris
3x Chrysiptera hemicyanea
1x Amblygobius hectori
1x Ecsenius bicolor

1x Lysmata wurdemanni
a few Blue/Red legged Hermit Crabs
8x Nassarius distortus (very good snails which dig through the substrate)
a few Trochus snails
2x Mitrax Crabs

Xenia, Cladiella, Hairy Mushroom, Briareum, Ricordea, Anthelia, Sinularia sp., S. flexibilis, Lobophyton, Lithophyton, various Mushrooms, Euphyllia sp., a few Zoa Polyps

Water change: every 2-3 month 20 liter
I dose every 1-2 weeks Tropic Marine BioCalcium and BioMagnesium + Iodine every now and then (very low maintenance).


160 lit Hi-Tech planted

Lights; 2x30 watt T-8's and 2x39 watt T-5's with reflectors (0,83w/l)
Substrate; Aquatic Nature Aqua Soil, Tropica Aqua Care substrate, Tropica AquaCare NPK Capsules.
CO2; pressurized, 4 bubbles per sec. via ceramic diffuser disc. CO2 on for 9 hours (day time) controlled via solenoid valve. CO2 Drop Checker.
Fertiliser; KNO3, KH2PO4, GH-Booster, Tropica Aqua Care+N&P(and traces), I am using the EI fertilising method by Tom Barr
Water change; weekly 60%
Temp; 26'C
Fauna; Rasbora hengeli, Glass-Bloodfin Tetra, SAE, Otos, Caridina multidentata, Neritina Zebra, various snails.
Flora; Hemianthus calitrichoides 'Cuba', Pogostemon helferi, Cryptocoryne balansae, Eleocharis acicularis, Blyxa japonica, Java Moss, Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig'.


10 gallons Nano Cube

Light; 2x 11 watt 10000K compact fluorescent
Substrate; Aquatic Nature Ferti Soil
CO2; pressurised 1 bubble per second (CO2 drop checker)
Fertiliser; Tropica AquaCare+N&P, small dash of KH2PO4 and GH-Booster
Water change; weekly 50%
Temp; 24'C
Fauna; Crystal Red Shrimps, Red Cherry Shrimps, 1 Neritina Zebra snail, small snails, no fish.
Flora; Cryptocoryne parva, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Blyxa japonica, Anubias nana, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Cryptocoryne hybryd, Cryptocoryne balansae, Rotala rotundifolia

I re-scaped this tank a bit :-)


160 liters planted low light aquarium

Crinum calamistratum, Microsorum pteropus, Microsorum Windelow, Anubias nana, Anubias Petit, Egeira natans, Cryptocoryne x willisii, Chladophora aegagropila, Aponogeton crispus, Vesicularia dubyana.
8 Thayeria boehlkei, 9 Hemigrammus rhodostomus , 3 Coridoras sterbai, 3 Gastromyzon spp., 4 Trichopsis pumila, 1 Sphaerichthys osphromenoides, 2 Crossocheilus siamensis, 5 Caridina multidentata, small snails.
CO2 pressurized 1 bubble per second
Tropica master grow for N,P and traces.
Aqua soil
2 x 30 Watt T8 + reflectors = Low light
Water change 30% weekly
Water flow - moderate
2mm reddish gravel
flat river stones
Bog wood
Curio wood
Bamboo sticks
Black background
pH 6.2, KH 3, GH 2, NO3 10ppm, Temp 25'Celsius


180 L Planted Low-Light aquarium

4 Red Honey Gouramis
7 Tateurndina ocellicauda
17 Rasbora hengeli
16 Celestichthys margaritatus
2 Otocinclus spp.
3 Crossocheilus siamensis
4 Trichopsis pumila
5 Corydoras julii/trilineatus
3 Pseudogastromyzon punctulatus
4 Irianthera werneri
7 Tatia perugiae
2 Caridina multidentata
8 Neritina sp. Zebra
lots of Malaysian Trumpet snails
Cryptocorine willisii, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Cryptocoryne parva, Cryptocoryne balansae, Anubias nana, Anubias 'Petit', Microsorum 'Windelow', Lilaeopsis novaezelandiae, Crinum calamistratum, Aponogeton boivinianus, Aponogeton crispus.

For more info check the Extreme Make-over


54 L Paludarium

Land part - Anubias nana, Anubias afzelii, Anubias 'Petit', Java Moss.
Water part - Anubias nana, Microsorum 'Windelow', Cryptocorine willisii.
3 Pseudosesarma moeshi, 1 Macrobrachium spp. , various snails.


65 L flat wall aquarium

Egeria densa, Microsorum Windelow, Anubias afzelii, Limnophila sessiliflora (Ambulia).
12 Boraras maculatus 12 Trigonostigma heteromorpha, 4 Albino Corydoras aeneus, 1 SAE, a few pond and trumpet snails.
1 fluorescent tube on for 9 hours
Aquatic Nature ground fertiliser sticks
Every week, after the 30% water change (reverse osmosis), re-dosing Tropicas N and P + Aquatic Nature traces 2,5 ml of each.


The Miniature Forest 43 l

43 liters planted tank.
2 x 11 watt compact fluorescent lights for 10 hours.

Malaysian Trumpet Snails
8 Nannostomus marginatus
1 Neritina sp. Zebra
8 Corydoras pygmaeus
2 Otocinclus sp.
a few Red Cherry shrimps

Crypto. willisii
Crypto. wendtii
Cryptocoryne parva
Cryptocoryne albida
Hygro polysperma
Hygro. Rosanervig
Pogostemon helferi

For more info go to the Journal


37 liter planted nano-cube

I set-up (9th Jan 2007) this lovely Aquatic Nature's "Evolution" nano-cube at my work, as a show off for our customers. We are very satisfied with Aquatic Nature products. This lay-out would look much better if the heather was hidden, but the plan was to show every peace of the equipment to our customers.

Aquarium- Aquatic Nature "Evolution" 37 liters.
Substrtae - Aquatic Nature Decoline Ferti-soil black
Lights - 2x 11W fluorescent compact white and red 9 hours on
CO2 - on for 9 hours, 1 bubble per sec. pressurised, Aquatic Nature set.
Fertilisation- every day three drops of the Aquatic Nature's +Activator24
Fauna; 9 Hyphessobrycon rosaceus, 2 Otocinclus, 2 Amano shrimps.
Flora; Java moss on two pieces of bog wood, Rotala rotundifolia, Microsorum Windelow, Alternathera reineckii, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Cryptocoryne spp. (front left), Lilly.
Decor - two yellowish stones
Temp 27'C
Water change - 25% weekly

Photos by Dusko Bojic.


48 Gallons - 180 liters

The new aquascape;

Lighting: 2x 30W fluorescent tubes; 12 hours a day
Filtration: standard Juwel filter
CO2: DIY CO2 Yeast reactor 2x (recently stopped, switched to low tech)
Substrate: 2-5mm English pea gravel - white/yellow + added in front a layer of black gravel
Decorations: 1x Bog wood, lots of rocks
Water changes: weekly 25% + dechlorinator Aqua Safe; recently decided to do monthly water change, low tech
Background: Photo of a rocky riverbank
Heater: standard Juwel
Fertilisation: PMDD and Tropica Macter Grow every week 20ml of each (4 bottles) - recently started adding monthly 18ml of PMDD (3 bottles) because no CO2 is added.
Plants: Hygro polysperma, Hygro Rozanervig, Amazon Sword (Echinodorus bleheri known ''Paniculatus''), Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus ''Narrow'') and Anubias barteri nana.
Inhabitants: 2x Golden Angels, 2x Siamese Algae Eaters, 2x Otocinclus, 11x Cardinal tetras, 5x Caridina japonica (Amano shrimp), a few Malaysian Trumpet snails.

The old/first aquascape;

Lighting: 2x 30W fluorescent tubes; 12 hours a day
Filtration: standard Juwel filter
CO2: No (my plants would do better if CO2 was added)
Substrate: 2-5mm English pea gravel - white/yellow
Decorations: 2x Bog wood
Water changes: weekly 25% + dechlorinator Aqua Safe
Background: Photo of a rocky riverbank
Heater: standard Juwel
Fertilisation: No (the reason my plants suffered a very bad nutrient deficiency)
Plants: Hygro polysperma, Hygro Siamensis 53B, Hygro Rozanervig, Cardamine lyrata, Java moss, Alternanthera reineckii roseafolia, Bacopa australis, Ceratopteris thalictroides (Water sprite), Egeria densa.
Inhabitants: 2x Golden Angels, 2x Siamese Algae Eaters, 2x Otocinclus, 11x Cardinal tetras, 5x Caridina japonica (Amano shrimp), a few Malaysian Trumpet snails.

For more info visit my 180 L Planted Aquarium Journal please.

11 Gallons - 42 liters

Lighting: 2x 7w Compact fluorescent; 12 hours a day
Filtration: internal filter - UNI-Filter 280 from a Polish company AquaEL
CO2: No
Substrate: black gravel
Decorations: Rocks (personally collected in the wild) and Oak leaf litter (Quercus robur)
Water changes: weekly 25% + dechlorinator Aqua Safe
Background: DIY black paper
Heater: no heater, room temperature between 22 and 26 Celsius
Fertilisation: every month 2ml of each PMDD (3 bottles), will reduce after 6 month when the tank matures (aquarium mulm)
Plants: Java fern (Microsorum pteropus), Java moss (Vesicularia dubyana) and Hygrophila polysperma ' Rosanervig '
Inhabitants: a group of Red Cherry Shrimps (Neocaridina denticulata sinensis-red), a group of Malaysian Trumpet snails, a few Red Ramshorn snails, 20 Boraras maculatus, a group of Caridina "Cristal Red" shrimps, various worms and microorganisms.

For more info please visit my 11 Gallons South East Asia Nature aquarium.