5 tips for aquascaping a larger aquarium
Plan the aquascape. This can be said for any aquascape but it’s more important in a larger tank because there’s a lot more room! Sketches are a good idea. Think about hardscape and planting — do you want to go for slow growing species if you don’t have a lot of spare time to maintain the tank?
Is the hardscape big enough? So many times I see large tanks with small hardscape that looks overwhelmed. Invest in a good range of hardscape and you can pick and choose the most suitable pieces. Some specialist shops have a dry aquarium dedicated to practicing hardscape layouts.
Figure out how you’re going to perform water changes. High-energy planted tanks need as much as a 50% water change every week so make it easy for yourself if possible. Rather than lugging buckets about, I pump my water direct from my mains using a submersible pump and a bucket that’s constantly being filled. I add dechlorinator at the start.
Large shoals of small fish look great and behave more naturally in a large aquarium. Depending on the style of aquascape a single species shoal can look stunning. They create less waste than large fish and consequently algae is less of a risk.
Invest in good quality equipment. A large aquarium is a potentially expensive purchase, so do it justice by fitting it with good quality accessories that will last many years. I have a CO2 kit that’s been running now for over 10 years. I’ve used cheaper kits that have failed in a year or so.