Welcome to the beautiful world of aquascaping! Today, we’re gonna scape this 60 liter, or 16 US gallon aquarium. Which is right here behind me. Stay with us! ♪ See me now, see me now ♪ ♪ Why don’t you hear me out ♪ ♪ Can’t you see what we’re about ♪ Before we jump into scaping it, let me tell you what kind of gear we use with this aquarium. As I told you, this is the 60 liter aquarium, which is a 60x30x36 cm – 24 x 12 x 14 in size. I really like this size, because you don’t need to have such a strong light above it. We have an ADA AquaSky Moon 601 above it, which is obviously a stronger “CO2 enabled” light. I would say “CO2 enabled”… That’s a stupid thing to say. But… [ laughter ] That would mean that if you have CO2 injection, you can afford to have a stronger light. This is a stronger light, so don’t try to use this, if you don’t have CO2 injection. That’s it! We have an Oase BioMaster 600 external filter below the aquarium. ♪ So goodbye, my love ♪ ♪ Already found someone that I’m thinking of ♪ ♪ And I loose myself ♪ We also have pressurized CO2. A 2 kg bottle below the tank, in the cabinet. And we obviously have a pressure reducer and a solenoid valve. This is a rimless OptiWhite tank. What does that mean? OptiWhite, or clear glass means that there’s no iron… Actually iron was taken out of the glass, during the manufacturing process. This would result in a very transparent look. So you don’t have any tint. You can just look at the edge of the glass and if it’s like bluish, then it’s probably clear type glass. If it’s like… a little bit greenish, then it’s the flow type glass. ♪ Baby we got issues ♪ Before we move on, I wanna show you how a 60P aquarium looks like. And what’s the difference between the 60P and the 60H. This is an aquarium that we did in the “Aquagirls Rock” episode, Vicky and Edit did that. You can check that video as well. We made it like two weeks ago. This is the 36 cm (14 in) height. And then let’s move on to the 60H aquarium! ♪ So goodbye, my love ♪ ♪ Already found someone that I’m thinking of ♪ [ clapping ] Playing the dinosaur… Dinosaur-style here. ♪ Cause baby we got issues ♪ So they just asked me, how does it feel to be squeezed in-between these aquariums, and I just replied: “That’s the story of my life.” [ laughter ] Right… Being squeezed in-between stuff. All the time… I think you know the feeling, right?! So 60H, 46 cm (18 in) height. 60P, 36 cm (14 in) height. People, when we ask them how big this one is, they actually say it’s 100 liters (24 gal). But it’s only 80 liters (21). This looks much bigger, than it actually is. And I touched the glass… Let’s not break the glasses, while I’m squeezed in here, right? We actually have a video about this one. It has above 40k views already. Check that out as well! There are a lot of links in the description already! I’m just referencing videos and videos and videos… You guys can watch aquascaping videos for the next two days continuously. Good that the channel grows, right? Oh, thanks for your support! It was because of you! Eww, let me get out! Out of focus… The creative process, as always, starts in the Green Aqua fish-room, where we have a hardscape dojo. And we have some Manzanita wood, which comes from the US, from our good friend, Tom Barr. We also have some Manten stones. We wanted to have a nice little cave on the left side of the aquarium. We’re gonna have some nice wood. I’m gonna take one out and just show it to you. And we’re gonna have some nice wood, which was stretched from this whole structure in the background, towards the right side of the aquarium. In order to start it and in order to fit, We need to cut the wood in certain pieces. So we have marked the wood in certain places, so it wouldn’t stick out… Stick out! Yeah, right? I’m not, not funny… So it wouldn’t stick out from the aquarium and the whole wood would fit into the glass. Actually we have a big piece of wood in the background, which would just get out of the aquarium. We have two more pieces on the left side. They’re gonna be glued here, in order to cover the glass and not have any reflection on the glass. It is generally a good idea to start washing the wood, before you put it in the aquarium, to get rid of all the dust and everything. We also have some terrestrial mosses on it. We need to get rid of that, because they won’t survive below the water and they would start rotting, producing a lot of Ammonia. You need to clean the rocks as well. Alright, so let’s start working! I’m not gonna put in the general plant substrate and the base layer fertilizing substrate just yet, because I wanna see, how the wood and the rocks go in place. So let’s start with the main wood, that I washed before and for that, I need to put away the light first, so that I can fit it in. I’m gonna put in the rocks now. Then I have another one, which I’m gonna also use as a background in the cave, on the left side of the aquarium. This one is too close to the front glass. I will need to make another cut. I will need a marker for that. 007! Aquascaping at Green Aqua! Yes! Alright, so the left part is ready, I think I will have to put something else around here. Putting hardscape together is not easy! That is the most difficult part. Alright, you can see that we made a nice little cave here. There’s only one thing left now, we need to cover the backwall of this cave with some geotextile. Something to prevent the general plant substrate from falling into the cave itself. Before we do that, we need to actually glue the rocks. We’re using simple superglue and cigarette filters. Actually you can see that as the superglue is drying out, it’s steaming. You don’t want to inhale that. I’m gonna build the layer on the right side of the aquarium. You can see, the soil is gonna be here, on this level, this height and then it’s gonna gradually go down, towards the right side of the aquarium. Let’s just use the soil first and see, whether this dam that I built will stop the soil, from getting into the foreground. So we can actually start introducing the ADA Powersand Special S. This already has bacteria in it. You have equally a big number of bacteria living in the substrare. You want them to help your filter in cleaning the water from Ammonia. You can see that I’m distancing the base layer fertilizing substrate from the side glass, because I don’t want that to be visible, when you’re looking at the aquarium from the right side. I’m using Amazonia powder on top. Okay so actually what we need to do here is to put another stone, to close this line here, because the soil will be too steep, when you wanna make terraces in your aquarium. You just put a rock there and that will stop everything and then you can make terraces.. Okay, everything is ready! The only problem is that I can still see the fabric here. I need to cover it, but I wanted to use some wood, overhanging this left side of the aquarium. This round thing will be the same shape, like the round thing down there. So we glued in the third wood down there. It’s being held in this location. Maybe I’ll just use sand in there, in that cave. Actually what we did is that is that we made this wood disapper in here. I will use some small foreground plants in here. We made a terrace on the left side. The soil will go gradually down, the soil is being stopped by some fabric, that I put behind the rocks and behind the wood and we have a foreground, a flatter foreground on the right side of the tank and we also have a little rock added to the foreground here. As the last step, I will add the cosmetic sand. We had a workshop with Filipe and he told me, he taught me actually, I didn’t know that before… It’s a really good idea not to use the sand when you’re planting. Because the particles will all go there. It’s gonna be much more tidy, when you introduce the cosmetic sand at the end of the whole procedure. Okay, as you can see, the pad on this side is really nice, and I’m gonna just put in some more. Oh, I need to wet the surface! Next step is: Cryptocoryne Pygmea. It’s a Green Aqua lab plant. Usually what you have to calculate with, is that one part is enough, for at least one palm area. Okay, this is two parts. Right here, so this is one palm. Actually, you could spread one pot over that area, but I decided that I’m gonna plant densely. I’m using bigger chunks, which makes the planting quicker. ♪ I was on a soul train, leaving for a heart-break ♪ ♪ You came along ♪ Then we’re gonna use some Aquaflora Eriocaulon plants, at the bottom of these rocks. I’m gonna plant Staurogyne Repens at the bottom of these rocks now. It’s not gonna be easy, because I need to fit in with the tweezers and there’s not much space there. Just gonna put that Staurogyne there by hand. There’s one more last thing to do, We gotta use some moss. This is where we cut it, in order to be able to stay clean of the front glass, so I need to cover that with some moss. Okay, so we’re introducing Dennerle foreground. ♪ You’re walking through the door now ♪ ♪ You came along ♪ Yes! We are ready! We’re gonna fill it up with water now. You guys are gonna see how it looks like. We spent about 4 hours on making this tank. The most time was spent on putting the hardscape together. The planting itself took maybe half an hour. Not more, than that. ♪ I will let you do the things you do ♪ So, let us know what you think! Comment below, subscribe to the Green Aqua YouTube channel if you didn’t do so yet, hit the bell button, to get notified of our future uploads, or hit the like button! Actually I’m really happy, because the last video, we had 500 likes and not one dislike. You guys are wonderful, we love you! Okay, until next week! Bye! ♪ I don’t mind, just take your time ♪ ♪ I’ll let you do the things you do ♪ ♪ So exciting, I can’t hide it ♪ ♪ So exciting, I can’t hide it, you’re the one ♪


  1. Stunning scape..manzanita woods and the adjusted placement..makes it just awesome.. love it love it love it…💚🌱

  2. Man I wait for these aquascaping tutorial videos like I'm waiting for a blockbuster movie.. great stuff. Keep em coming!!

  3. Another great tank. Your collective imagination is so inspiring. I don’t know where you keep all these ideas coming from! What a fantastic job you have.

    The only thing I feel is missing from all ‘aquascape setup’ videos online is how you manage the aquarium over the first few weeks – the lighting periods you use, the water change regime etc. I think for most of us non-pros, that’s where a new scape starts to go wrong – in the settling down period. I’d love to see ‘what happens next’ from that perspective.

    Keep the great videos coming – I always look forward to Thursdays!

  4. do you add only gh+ to the ro water and keep the soil for buffering the ph? for how long does a soil buffer the ph? can you add kh when using aquasoil after it is exhausted or start with kh so you exhaust it fast and have control of the water parameters?

  5. Amazing looking scape. You make it look far too easy. Keep up the great work. Inspiration I could use to work on my tanks and make them look better.

  6. Simple , effective, and beautiful. That's gonna look great. P's when I get my new tank I'm doing another planted layout but with soil and was thinking of putting a pipework matrix under the soil so I may add nutrients directly to the soil itself when it's starts to loose it's nutrient value. What do you guys think of this idea. Be great to hear your thoughts. Cheers guys.

  7. Saya rommy, saya sangat suka aquascape, namun saya tidak cukup memiliki uang untuk membeli tank maupun lain nya. Bisakah anda memberi saya 1? Saya mohon

  8. Are you measuring your water parameters? I wonder what are they. Your tanks always look beautiful i love watching them 😀

  9. Very inspiring and AMAZING work Master Scaper 😉 I actually got some ideas for my next scape watching this video. Thanks for sharing Balaz.

  10. This is my favorite Aquascape to date !!!! You do an amazing job. However this one cuts the cake. !!!! I love it !!!!!

  11. Stunning scape, a really cool idea about to make that small cave. I can't wait to see how it's going to get better with time. Keep us updating on that one!

  12. wow this is fantastic, almost alien 😉. Extraterrestrial? that would be an idea for the next layout right? 😃 Alien vs Algae ✌✌. LG Sven

  13. Asia and Europe are so far ahead of the US in aquascaping. Hoping that more Americans get involved so stores like this might become more common here.

  14. First time viewer here. 3 minutes into this video and I am in awwweee. The way you present your aquariums, the way you create your aquascapes and even the editing of this video plus the camera work is stellar.!

  15. What a beautiful aquascape I have never seen one quite like that!! I absolutely love it! Amazing job Green Aqua like always! One question do you all reduce the flow at all on the BioMaster 600 for a 60p or just leave the flow completely open ?

  16. I love the strong wood scaping with the cave. Just beautiful. Also, I love watching your videos for your sense of humour and all the fun you are having while you do them.

  17. Hi Balazs, another amazing tank for the gallery. The hard scape was very technical in its execution, but shows what can be achieved . The cave to the left looks great and once the plants grow and drape over the entrance it will look spectacular. Look forward to the update on this one. Keep up the great work. All the best,Martin

  18. For my next Aquascape (100x70x70) I plan to create high cliffs and thought of using fabric / weed fleece to prevent the soil from falling throug the gaps. I wasn't sure if it is a good idea to use fabric but now I know it might work 😉 thanks for the inspiration

  19. Hello
    The movie is interesting, but I do not like these roots, they look like from another planet, for me it's not very natural … But it's a matter of taste. In a few months I will restart my Dutch aquarium and I wonder if I should not make some composition from the roots … I'm afraid, however, that I will miss the typical Dutch aquarium. Greetings from Poland.

  20. Love everything you guys do, always truly inspiring stuff. Keep up the fantastic work and high quality videos! A fan from Birmingham, UK.

  21. Wow! The contorted wood is GORGOUS!!! The scape is super cool and can't wait to see it later after it grows in! Well done my friend !! 🙏👍😀❤️🌱

  22. Hey guys another wunderfull video i love your choice how you capture the angel with this type of wood interesting choice i learned something again😊👍👍 ive tested my first harscape with 2 angel wood type left and right at the center in tank with a center opening with 6 equal size stones around the wood from foreground to the left and right and perfecly fitted it wansnt difficult to find this 2 parts of wood and i didn t exspect was so easy cose i had this idea in my mind 😍 with a small 3d peace i neaded to fitt at the left to make it more cymetrical on the right side 🎊😊👍👍.what type of plant would you chuse in the center ?aside in background wil be plants sutch as the rotala green😊

  23. Hi Balazs,

    I am Abhi from India. You and your team are the biggest inspiration for me to create my first aquascape which is 3 months old now and healthy. The content of your videos are just awesome and I have almost watched each of your videos…

    I will definitely try to visit to your place whenever I will be traveling to Hungry. I have mentioned it in my bucket list.

    Thanks for your videos and Keep up the good work going..

    You guys are an inspiration.

  24. Great shop,awesome scapes and big passion ! Keep up the fantastic job ! Greetings from Romania!

  25. Man. This is another masterpiece. I love the cave with pebbles underneath. I really wish I could make one. My next tank is going to be 60x30x36 just like this.

    May I know if you glued the hardscape to the tank? I saw you cut the wood. But how did you ensure that the moss in the cut won't be pressed to the glass?

  26. how about making a 4ft planted hardscape tank?
    Im thrilled to see what buce you gonna use. Your plant choices are on point!!

  27. hey. what co2 diffusers are you using in the big tanks ? im having a 200 liters aquarium and trying to find the best solution do difuse co2.

  28. Hello! I love the content your making! It would be nice if you can answear some of my questions.. I currently also have a 54L fresh aquarium tank and it would be nice to know what filter do you suggest to me? I looked up the oase biomaster 600 and it says that the flow rate is 1100 litres per hour 😱 Isint that too mutch for a small aquarium? Cause I have watched your other videos and you said that the cycle should be 5x the aquarium size if I understood corretly so for example it would be good if 60l*5=300litres per hour? I would appreciate if you can help me out 😊

  29. Great scape again, got a question about filtration; would the biomaster 250 be sufficient for the 60P or would you recommend a bigger filter? seems to me that the 600 is bit overkill 😀
    I might want to upgrade my old filter tetratec ex 600, and escape my current 60P

  30. Amazing. I was thinking where is this going but it all cane together at the end. How do you clean the glass when the hardscape is so close to it?

  31. What kind of superglue do you use? Im afraid to try glue in case it poisons the fish or plants..

  32. Wow. Such a step up over the majority of aquascapes. Thank you for sharing! Keep it up! -Little Bobby

  33. Such overkill. I bet the tank don’t need all the bs co2 and all the crap that’s been marketed to us just to keep the industry going.

  34. Beautiful! What kind of “fabric” did you use to seal the back of the cave? Again, beautiful scape!

  35. Hi Balazs!!! I love your videos always full of great tips!! Hope you can soon sell internationally to Ecuador

  36. Was checking out your site – unfortunate that your shipping prices are, sorry, outrageous. Would love to purchase from you and support your business 🙂 122euros for shipping the aquarium 60H to Denmark. :/

  37. this has to be my favorite youtube channel right now. You guys are aggravating my multiple tank syndrome!

  38. 1:15 is very important info, that should be aware before u spend lot of money on aquarium. I was wondering why some of your glasses are so nice light blue at connections, and its becouse it is differnt type of glass. Opti-white (clear glass) type. It is not normal type of glass, it is nicely written in their website :
    Every single detail matter, even the design of the drop checker, for me it is o different the ADA drop checker vs any other. Even it looks similar, it is not at the final view. Why I always instantly love the most expensive stuff ! damn me

  39. this is my favourite aquascape on your channel. the wood is just amazing. what a pity i can't find anywhere piece like this. keep doing what you do. 👍

  40. Sir, I'm from India. I'm a big fan of you. I follow your guideline to build up tanks.
    Can you make a video of a Dutch style setup?

  41. This is one the most beautiful hardscapes in the whole gallery. I wish I can get driftwood like that. So incredible. Wish we could order such pieces here in canada. I would love to update my tank with a piece like that. So much character.

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