What Is the Best Tank for Aquascaping?

One of the most popular fish tank choices for aquascaping UK community members is our Opti White tank – with ultra-clear glass, without any rims or joints that obstruct the view and impact of your planted tank.

We have three options, depending on your aquascaping expertise and the space you have available:

  • 30cm Ultra Clear Tank with a 25-litre capacity
  • 60cm Opti Tank with a 90-litre capacity
  • 80cm Clear Glass Tank with a 140-litre capacity

Next, we’ll run through a few recommendations to ensure your new aquascaping tank has the right set-up.

Is CO2 Necessary for Aquascape Environments?

Aquascaping plants need CO2 to grow and thrive, and although it may not be essential for very small planted tank spaces, it is important for photosynthesis.

If your fish tank doesn't have enough CO2, it doesn't mean your plants will die, but they will grow much more slowly.

However, water quality, aeration and CO2 are just as vital for rich, colourful and vibrant aquascaping tanks as for any fish tank.

How Deep Should a Planted Tank Be?

The rule of thumb is that your planted tank should have at least three inches of substrate at the bottom to ensure your aquascaping plants can take root and become properly established.

If the gravel or substrate is too shallow, the roots can get tangled and don't get sufficient nutrients to grow.

Can I Put Live Plants in Aquarium Gravel?

Absolutely! AllPondSolutions has a fantastic Aquarium Sand and Gravel range, and you can put most plant species directly into your planted tank substrate.

Gravel is adaptable and available in countless colours and textures, enhancing the appearance of your water and aquascaping and anchoring the plant roots.

You can also opt for soil or sand, which bring additional minerals to your plants – or add fertiliser for optimal growth.