Planning your aquarium is a prerequisite for achieving good results. Gain inspiration at your local dealer or at before making your final choice. Spend the necessary time on planning - and by all means on drawing - the layout with the location of both decoration materials and plants.

Hardscape is an aquarium layout with gravel, rocks, tree roots and other decorations - but no plants. Creating a hardscape is entirely up to your imagination. Some find it extremely interesting, others do not like it so much. You can compare this activity to standing before an easel and working with the paint brush. Most of us try to do their best, whereas diligent artists understand the colour setting, depth and perspective. Many competitions are arranged around the world to determine the aquascaper who can create the most impressive aquarium design. We can recommend that you start with hardscapes, no matter whether you have the talent of an artist or not…!

1) Find the appropriate pieces of wood, rocks, stones and other decorative elements you want to use in your hardscape. If you choose heavy stones, we can recommend adding polystyrene at the bottom in order to protect the glass.

2) Add about 1 cm substrate in the places where plants with strong roots will be planted. We recommend Tropica's Plant Growth Substrate.

3) The bottom layer, which often consists of gravel, is carefully distributed and it can slope upwards towards the rear wall of the aquarium. This way you achieve depth and perspective in your aquarium.

4) Finally, place the rocks, tree roots and any other decoration you like. Move around individual components and change their places, if necessary. It is now that you create room and perspective so that the aquarium layout design is just right for you.

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