These are photos of some of my aquariums. (I currently have just one but there was a time (when I was a bit fitter) when I ran 4 tanks in various places in my home.) I think the thing I really loved about fishkeeping is the task of setting up a perfect environment for my fish and making it into a beautiful calm aquascape too. It’s like painting with life. My favourite aquarist is Takashi Amano who is world renouned for making the most beautiful natural aquariums. Here’s a link to some of his work: Takashi Amano
Today I’m going to look at the first two I set up:
The first is a 20 litre tank. This was my first fish tank. I kept in it a Siamese Fighting Fish and two pygmy corys.
Here’s a slightly closer look:
And here’s a close up of a pygmy cory. These are different from regualr corydorus species because they are mid water feeders. They’re amazing – they kind of hover in the middle of the tank. That said they will also pick up food from the gravel too.
My second tank was a 68 litre Amano style tank with added CO2 (don’t worry it’s not bad for the fish – it’s only on in the daytime and all the CO2 is taken up straight away by the plants who replace it with O2 making the tank highly oxygenated. Fish and plants flourish. I built the CO2 system and daylight lighting rig myself.
This is how the tank looked when first set up: