The right dimensions for your aquariumWhich tank sizes are suitable for aquascaping?
The many different needs and preferences of aquarists are met with equally many different sizes and shapes of tanks available in trade. We show you here, which formats are particularly well-suited for aquascaping, ie for the design of underwater landscapes.
While the standard aquariums used to have more height than depth to provide the fish with more vertical swimming space, special aquascaping tanks like to come with more depth but with a less pronounced height. A deeper aquarium in combination with a proper front length offers a much larger design playground. Hardscape and aquatic plants can be arranged in various optical layers. This creates a much more striking spatial effect (you can read up on that topic in our article "Creating a three-dimensional layout with a pronounced sense of depth"). Whether the depth of the tank is optimal for an aquascape depends on its relation to the length of the aquarium. The interaction of these two dimensions is crucial for a harmonious overall picture. The depth of a tank should be at least half the length, but gladly even a bit more. An example: a tank with a front edge width of 60cm should be at least 30cm deep. Popular aquascaping tanks such as the ADA 60-P meet these requirements. The Scaper's Tanks by Dennerle are especially deep. Here the depth is about 80% of the length, which gives us a lot of scope.
Dennerle - Scaper's Tank
The optimum standard measure for the height of a pool is also estimated to be about half the edge length. Usually, a few centimeters are added to compensate for the optical loss due to the layer thickness of the ground and the water level which is always slightly below the pane’s edge.
This tank included in the FLEXI-Mini Scape Set from Azoo has a length of 32 cm and a height of 24 cm.
Aquariums look especially…landscapey, when they are set-up in the so-called panoramic format. Here, a much lower height is chosen in relation to the length. In these aquariums, for example, it is a one/three ratio. Especially nice examples of this format are the aquariums 60-F or 45-F by ADA.
Due to the low height, the use of stem plants is not so recommended. It is better to use smaller, ground covering plant species for such an aquascape. In combination with the right hardscape materials (for example stones) that remind the viewer of rugged mountains, low-growing plants give a good illusion of a landscape.
The very popular "Nano Cubes" offer much less floor area in comparison to a longish, rectangular tank. However, the higher construction allows the aquascaper more lush stone or root structures. Fast-growing stem plants can be planted here splendidly. Usually those tanks have a cubic design (length, width and height are more or less identical). Precisely because of their compact appearance, the cubes impress with their unique design. The significantly smaller footprint compared to standard aquariums makes it possible to accommodate such a small nano-aquarium even in confined spaces, such as on a desk or a chest of drawers. In this respect, aquascapes in "Nano Cubes" are an extraordinary highlight in living room ambience.
This format is especially popular among shrimp keepers. In such a small nano-aquarium dwarf shrimp of the genera Caridina and Neocaridina can be kept well.