Welcome to the beautiful world of aquascaping, to the Green Aqua Gallery! I brought you some flowers. Lovely isn’t it? I don’t want to talk about flowers today, I want to talk about this Nano Aquarium. (Cinematic music) Nano is a very popular subject among aquascapers, because you can start with this, on a low budget. You don’t need many plants, you don’t need a lot of soil. You don’t need a lot of hardscape. You can build a beautiful tank on a low budget. On a relatively low budget. This is a very good opportunity for you to see weather aquariums, or the aquascaping hobby is good for you. You can try your skills in building a beautiful little tank. We’re gonna help you with that today. What I have here right next to me is an ADA Nature Aquarium Cube Garden. Let me open it for you. You need scissors for that. I’m gonna cut the straps. I’m gonna take the cover off. There you go. I’m gonna throw everything out. Take the aquarium… Hold it with one hand… Don’t do this at home! This is a beautiful 4 mm glass thickness opti white ADA aquarium. 20 liters in total. It has a spotless look. The exact measurement are 36x22x26 cm. Alright. Let’s start with me putting the gloves on. Many of you guys asked weather I need gloves for making an aquarium. No, you don’t really need those. I just like to protect my hands so… This is why I’m gonna put this on. Beautiful gloves from Black Magic. We got it from a friend of ours, Jurijs. Thank you so much. It’s a Moscotton brand and we really like it. Let’s start with building the hardscape or let’s start with putting in the soil. I’m gonna use three types of soils now. You have the ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia. Which will go to the bottom. We are not using Power Sand special or Power Sand at all in this aquarium because we’re just gonna have a couple of foreground plants. Maybe we will use root sticks. In order to provide some more nutrients. We hope that in this small nano aquarium the ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia and the ADA fertilizers that we’re gonna provide… We’re gonna use the ADA Mineral, and we’re gonna use the ADA Brighty K to fertilize the plants. The plants will get enough ferts from those. And the soil itself. So it’s going to be fine, we’re not going to use any base layer fertilizing substrate in this tank. On the top of the ADA Amazonia we’re gonna use the ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia Powder. Which is a smaller grain-size ADA Soil. It’s much easier to plant in the substrate when it has a smaller grain-size. Especially with plants that have smaller roots. It’s much easier to push the roots in. But you will see that in a moment. As decoration we are going to use the ADA Colorado Sand. You have it here. It’s a beautiful reddish sand. It will help accentuate the brownish and reddish color of the wood that I’m planning to use. This is the Iron Wood. That I have here prepared. I also have the Dragon Stones here. Just small pieces of it. We don’t need a lot of hardscape for a nano tank. Let’s start with the ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia. I’m gonna put a little bit of this in the back. I’m gonna use some more from a 3 liter bag. I’m just gonna pour it in. Only in the back. Nowhere else at this moment. I’m just gonna stop here now. I’m gonna come back with the Amazonia later. Let’s see what we’re doing. I’m going to arrange it a little bit. I’m gonna put some rocks in the front. I’m going to put the Dragon Stones between the foreground sand and the Amazonia here. To have a nice boundary between those two. Alright. Let’s find a suitable rock in the foreground. What I’m looking for here at this point is that the rock should lean against the side-glass as smoothly as possible. It should stop the Amazonia from coming to the foreground. That’s pretty fine there. I’m gonna use additional rocks smaller ones to continue that line. that I wanna make here. Then I’m going to pour in sand. Cosmetic sand. In the foreground. Usually you don’t need a lot. One cup of it was enough. Make sure you use a sand-flattener. Flatten the sand here You don’t need a lot of sand in the foreground. You can just make it nice and even. You can increase the height as you go towards the back of the aquarium. Let’s use the wider side of the sand-flattener to make it even more nice and even. Is it flat enough? Maybe yes, so let’s leave it like that and let’s use the Amazonia to the back. Fill it up. I’m just pouring it to the back like that. Arranging it with my hands. You have a nice layout that will start from the right side and go towards the left side. Let’s see what we’re gonna do with the wood. The wood is prepared. It’s ready. This is the hardscape. Iron wood glued together. I used some coconut fibre to hide the glue that was used to get these pieces of wood together. I want to show you guys how I made this. I brought you different pieces of wood. I’m gonna show it how I select it. First I have a main wood here. I’m using another wood right next to it to continue the line like this. Right now this is good. You need to glue these together. You can use the coconut fibre to have the Seachem glue that I was using to keep these pieces together… You can hide it with that. I hope you like the hardscape. I’m going to put it in the tank now. For that I will really need to go to the other side. I’m going to check it out from the other side to see how it goes. I’m very happy with the hardscape at this moment. I just need to find a good angle for it. Okey, so I’m happy with the wood arrangement. We’re gonna fill in some more Amazonia. To the back. Then arrange it nicely. You need at least 3 or 4 cm of Amazonia. In order to be able to plant in it. I’m gonna use the sand flattener again. To bring in the soil that put in the back. To the front. And arrange it in the front as well. Be careful not to spill any soil on the sand. Alright. Ready. So what we’re gonna do now, we’re gonna use the Amazonia Powder to put it on the top of the regular Amazonia. Let’s pour some in the front as well. Alright so we’re done. In order to be able to plant you need to wet the soil. Plant roots will stick to the soil much easier if it’s wet a little bit. But before we do that I need to introduce some more rocks. To add some detail. The more detail you have in a tank the better. It will increase the scale of your tank. It will add to the overall look. I’m using small pieces in the foreground. I’m using bigger pieces in the background. How do you like it so far? Are you happy with this? Let me ask Viktor. Okey, so Viktor is telling me that this is the words hardscape by a pro again. It looks like I need a t-shirt. Can you guys send me a t-shirt? “The worst hardscape by a pro ever” Thanks! It looks like I’m lacking some hardscape elements in the foreground on the right side. What I have to do is to build some more in the foreground to have an elevation here. That would add a little bit to the beauty of the whole thing. Too big. Too small. Perfect. And we’re ready. So I think the hardscape is ready guys. Let’s go with the planting. We are going to use 5 types of plants. The first plant that I’m gonna be using today is the mini Bolbitis. The official name is Bolbitis Heteroclita Difformis. It’s a small fern. Which doesn’t grow big. I really like to use it in nano aquariums. It doesn’t cover completely the wood. I use 6 pots of them. I put them here-and-there. Support it with some little rocks in the background. So that they don’t float up. The second plant that I want to use is the Echinodorus Vesuvius. This is a nice Echinodorus type that will not grow too big but the leaves are long enough and the general idea for me using this plant was that I wanted to use another fern type… Like the narrow-leaf Microsorum. But we don’t have a small narrow-leaf Microsorum on the market yet. So I’m going to use this instead of the Microsorum in this tank. I’m going to use this in the background, because I don’t want it to cover the complete hardscape. I don’t want it to cover the fern – as well. Let’s go with the third plant. This is the Bucephalandra Lamandau ‘Mini Red’. This is a nice Bucephalandra type. It has reddish color. It will accentuate the greens of the other plants that we were using so far. I’m gonna take it in two parts. I’m gonna put it to have some patches of red here-and-there. I have the Elatine Hydropiper here. It’s a small lab plant in jelly. That is a nice foreground plant. You can just take it out of the jelly wash the jelly off and then use some great pinsettes (tweezers) I’m gonna use the small pinsettes here… Just take small chunks of it. Then plant it at the left side of the aquarium. I forgot that I need to wet the soil first. We’re gonna use this thing to add a little bit of water to the soil. Also, I want to keep the plants that I was using so far from being dried out. Okey, let’s clean the foreground. A little bit. For you guys to see what am I actually doing in the aquarium. Then I keep on planting the Elatine. To the foreground here, on the left side. Make sure that you are not big chunks of it. Because it’s really difficult to put down. I just checked it from the front and I see that we need need to go all the way to the back. On the left side of the aquarium. I think we need to raise the substrate a little bit more on the right side, because I want the Elatine to be visible on the right side as well. Don’t be afraid to plant as densely as possible. The more plants you have in your aquarium the more stabile the ecosystem will be in the long run. The less prone you’re gonna be to algae. Having a good filter is always helping but you need to help the system with introducing as many plants as possible. This Elatine is a nice plant. The only trick to keeping it alive is to have a nice cool water. So don’t try this at home if your room has a higher temperature. And you need a lot of CO2. This Rotala ‘Red Mini’ is a nice plant that will not grow high. This means that I can use it in a nano tank. I’m gonna plant it in the background. You’re not gonna see it at this moment. But after a couple of weeks they will grow up and the tops will show behind these plants. Here. So you will have a nice red finish in the backgound. Okey, you can see now where I plant the Rotalas. In the background. Only in the center. Not on the sides. Okey guys, we are ready with the planting. You might want to add some more patches just one or two patches of something else. Into the Elatine to have some detail in it later. after they’re grown together. It’s up to you to decide. To improve the tank a little bit. Having a nano tank is nice thing because you can always Tweek it a little bit. I want to show you the light guys. I’m really excited because we have this nano tank light here with us. ONF light, you guys tell me what does it stand for. ONF. One Night F….? (laugs) Alright, I don’t know. Viktor told me not to joke about this. But I just have to joke all the time, you know me. It’s the best light from Taiwan at this moment. It’s the Rose Gold color. You can see it now. It has many features that are really absolutely needed. For a nano tank. One of these features is the adjustability. You can adjust the height. You can adjust the depth. You can adjust the strength of the light. Finally guys, finally! It’s one of the lights that is strong enough to have a proper Nature Aquarium in a nano tank. We didn’t have that before in the LED section. We’re really happy to have this light here with us. The Rose Gold… Flat one. Is here in Green Aqua! I’m gonna screw on the bottom part. I have not used this before but at the Green Aqua Gallery we’ve been testing one of these guys for months now. Like that. I don’t really like the fact that this one is in the front. So I’m just gonna move it to the other side. It’s gonna look much better there. A really good thing about it is that you can adjust the height – there’s a little rubber-ring here which you can just move down a little bit. If you move it down then the light will stand higher If you move it up… Then the light will stand lower. Okey guys, the aquarium is ready. The light is ready, let’s switch it on. There’s a switch on the bottom of it. If you keep pushing it the light will turn on. Wonderful-wonderful strength! I really love it. All we have to do now is fill it up with water. Have the filtration plugged in. To have the filter hoses, to have the CO2 system. You have a lot of nice glass things from ADA. Here. Specially made for nano tanks. This is the outflow. This is the bubble counter. That will go with a hose to the diffuser. We will probably put the diffuser on the opposite side. From the outflow. So the water will be pushed down here, and it will work against the bubbles that are coming out from the diffuser. Okey, so this is it. Let us know what you think guys. I hope you really like this aquarium. And you are not gonna say that this is the ugliest aquarium made by a pro – again. Let’s see how it looks like when it’s filled up. Thank you for joining us to this video for this week. I hope that you like the Green Aqua YouTube channel. If you do, please subscribe. And please hit the bell button to get notified of our future uploads. Until next week. Goodbye!


  1. Thank you for not making a beginner video that thinks that everyone that watches it are 5 years old. Many other beginner videos have a lot of boring designs IMO. Yours is awesome and I feel I can set something up similar. Great job.

  2. I just love ur aqua scaping. I want to do aquasacping bt from where to buye the stuff for it i really don't hav any idea

  3. WOW those aquascaped tanks behind u looks fantastic "D can u zoom into them as well 😀

  4. Speaking of aquascaping, I did some aquascaping last month but wasn't happy with the volume of my susbtrate because I didn't put sand to make a thick layer for my aquatic plants resulted to floating most of the time. Not until yesterday when I was able to put sand on my tank. My question would be, how long should I wait for my fishes to go back to their original tank? Btw I upgraded my filter to a sponge type which is running for three weeks. Should I wait for another month once again as what I've learned from Fish Keepers/Aquascapers?

  5. Hey guys, old video i know.haha. but i came across it, because i just bought an ONF Flat Nano +, and honestly they lack english instructions, especially their app. Just wondering if you could do a demo of how to use it

  6. part of the enjoyment of watching you build these tanks, is seeing you fill it and put fish in there. what happened in this video? you literally ended the video, with no water in the tank… 🙁

  7. What is external filtration you attach to this? I always struggle with nano tank filters. What do you suggest for filtration on this size – 6 gallon?

  8. Could you do a tank that is like a gallon and is the same no/low tech tank that could be by a window? Like on a window sill? I’m in college so I need something SUPER cheap, low maintenance, but also cute. The sunlight could cause algae issues but in such a small place, I can’t avoid it. I also don’t have much space for a big tank or a bunch of cords. I really like Foo The Flowhorn’s videos but haven’t found anything with the information to do it myself. I also think it could be an interesting challenge. I would like to have plants and maybe some lil shrimp and snails like a nerite. (I am just copy and pasting this comment in a few videos who I like just trying to get a bite (no pun intended lol))

  9. for background stem plants, is it better to plant them in perfect rows one behind the other or stagger the rows? or does it not matter

  10. Hahaha! So funny. This makes me feel a bit more comfortable if I make mistakes. Thank you for sharing and being honest lol. Made my day!

  11. I’d say a slightly bigger tank (10g?) is better for starters, because they will end up being more stable and will result in greater success rates

  12. Watching your videos encouraged me for Aquascaping with live plants. Today I bought 3 rd aquarium dedicated for Aquascaping. I know it is challenging for naive like me. Hope I will set it right 😊 thanks a lot sir 😎

  13. Hey there, great video, I like it! Could I ask two questions: 1, Is a water filter machine necessary, since that fishes' waste and others may sink and get stuck in the substrate? 2, Do I have to kill bacteria if I get some nice driftwood from a river? Thanks a lot! I'd buy you a big draught beer but I will drink it for you, hahaha

  14. What is the meaning of low tech tank? Does led light provides any nutrients or some kind of effect to the tank?do we need to put a fan on top of the tank since you were mentioned about a plant that need cool water and co2. Sorry for the questions. I really need some knowledge before i start my nano aquascape..hahaha. I’m a newbie.

  15. Is there a set up like this, or similar to this for sale? This looks like the perfect set up for someone just getting in aquascaping

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