Welcome to the beautiful world of Aquascaping. To the Green Aqua Gallery in Budapest, on this sunny, Tuesday afternoon. I’m supposed to tell you that this aquarium has overgrown a lot… …Because we were waiting for you Guys, to see how it’s trimmed properly. The truth is that we were so busy with all kinds of video broadcasts here on Youtube, that we neglected it. Enormously. So as in our previous episodes, today I’m gonna show you what kind of technology we used, in order to build this aquarium. I’m also going to talk about the plants, and the fish, and shrimp that are living in this beautiful underwater world. This aquarium is a 650 liter tank. It’s a standard 180P aquarium. Which means that it is 180x60x60 centimeters. And it has been… The whole layout has been inspired by Mr. Takashi Amano. Who built a beautiful tank in Niigata, in the ADA Gallery in Niigata. Many years ago. Me and my business partner Viktor had visited the ADA Gallery in Japan and we saw that tank. That’s a really beautiful tank, you can see it on the picture now. And that was one of the last works of Mr. Amano. Actually not the last one! Because the last one was this one. The Florestas Submersas (Underwater Forest) in Portugal. If you Guys have the opportunity to visit Lisbon, you should definitely stop by and see that beautiful 40-meter-long aquarium built by the Grand Master of Aquascaping, the Inventor of the Moder Aquarium. And that aquarium is a great tribute to him, he died a couple of years ago. The whole hobby remains really sad and empty without him. So the lighting above this tank is… Oh, I looked into it! You shouldn’t look into LED lights. Never do that! Because then you are going to be blinded for a couple of seconds. All right, so 3 ADA Solar RGB-s. As usual. The filtration is… We have 2 filters below this tank. We have the Eheim 2260 which is a Classic Eheim filter. A huge one. You can see it on the picture now. And we used ADA Bio Rio and Seachem Matrix, Purgen in it. This is the main filtration. It’s a huge, 16-liter filter. It has 16 liters of biological filter media in it. On the right side of the cabinet, under the tank… We have another 2273 Eheim external filter. This one has biological filter media in it and some activated carbon. We are using 2 Twinstars in this tank. We’re also using a UV filter to help us with all kinds of floating algae in the tank. UV filters are mainly good for getting rid of the Green Water. If you have Green Water and use a UV filter – you will definitely be able to get rid of that. Similar to other tanks we’re using the Eheim 350 skimmer to clean the surface. This is very important because you need a clean surface ensure that the gas exchange between the air and the water is working properly. If your surface is full all kinds of slime… then you will have an obstructed gas exchange on the surface. That could result in serious algae or CO2 balance problems. We are using a do-it-yourself CO2 reactor underneath this aquarium, with a pressurized CO2 system. We are also using custom-made lily pipes. Glass lily pipes – because the tubing of this filter is bigger than the standard size. The substrate is ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia, the usual Aqua Soil… As well as the ADA La Plata Sand… Which is the decorating sand in the foreground and on the two sides. And obviously we have ADA Power Sand Special M which is helping the plant growth. The base layer substrate is very important. I did not yet talk extensively about the Substrate System in a tank. Basically you have two types of substrate. You have the General Plant Substrate. Which is a clay-based substrate. It’s good for the roots to be in. But you need to have something underneath that. So the substrate system is composed of these two elements. The fertilizing substrate lays on the bottom of tank. The thickness of it depends on how high the General Plant Substrate is. For like 4-5 centimeters of General Plant Substrate it’s enough to have 1 or 1.5 centimeters Base Layer Fertilizing Substrate But for higher substrates you can even have like 20-30-40+ centimeters of this strong soil. That needs to be covered in every aquarium by some kind of General Substrate. We were using the Fuji stones to build this aquarium. Didn’t use any glue to do it. If you want to see how we made this tank you can click below… We have a nice video on YouTube that will show you how set up this aquarium and how we planted it. You will see how many Fuji stones we used in this tank. About the livestock… We have the usual algae-cleaning crew. The Amano shrimp, Otocinclus Affinis, the Siamese Algae Eaters, and the Clithon snails. We also have the Panda Loach, the Corydoras Panda, and the Boesemani rainbow fish and the Puntius Denisonii. So we have 4 types of fish in this tank. We were trying to select bigger fish, because we thought that for this kind of tank… In the 180 centimeters wide tank we would be able to show you a little bit more colorful and bigger sized fish. This fish will probably be too big for a tank 120 centimeters, but here they look good. They have really nice colors and they compensate the layout perfectly. As far as the fertilizing system goes… We are using ADA ferts in this system. We are using the ADA Brighty K, and we are using the ADA Mineral. As well as the Seachem Excel. To help a little bit the tank to fight the algae. We are dosing these through an auto-doser. A GHL computer that Viktor is programming all the time. We can see some pictures of him sitting down here… And programming this GHL Doser. Fact is that you don’t need to program the doser from a computer. You can do it wirelessly. But in order to set it up and have a firmware upgrade you would need a computer. We have a weekly regular water change of 40% on this tank. Being a bigger tank, we don’t need a 50 or 60% water change. At this time. It keeps the tank algae-free. I think I don’t see any algae problems in this tank at all. So it’s time to go to the trimming now! Check it out! This tank is really overgrown. You can see that stem plants have already reached the surface. I would like to keep them at least 5 or 10 centimeters below the surface in the center of this aquarium. All right so I’m going to start the trimming by stopping the filters obviously as last time. Stopping the CO2 as well. Here we go. And then I take my usual tool-set. After stopping the filters I’m gonna go to start to trim the stem plants. I forgot to tell you that these plants are sponsored by Dennerle. Thank you again Dennerle for providing us with these good quality plants. I’m gonna start trimming the Matogrossense and I’m gonna start trimming hard. From the foreground. I don’t really see what I’m doing here at this point, because it is so overgrown. So I’m kind of half-blind while doing it. I’ll start to go one-by-one from the bottom here, where I see the connection with the rocks. I could actually move up from there. I’m going to ask probably Viktor if he has a minute to help me with taking out the remains of the plants. With a fish-net. Because we have so many plants in this aquarium that it’s impossible to trim when they come up to the surface. For those of you who do not know it is very easy to trim these plants because all of them are coming up to the surface. The only exception is the moss. Which needs to be sucked out because otherwise it would float everywhere in the tank. As you can see we are done with first part of trimming the stems, and I have two big holders of remains of plants here, in my hands. Obviously, there are a lot of plants that came out of here. We’re going to use the tops – as I told you earlier – we’re going to use the tops of some plants because they are beautiful red. And I’m going to put them back in. But before I do that I’m going to do a fine-tuning on the trimming itself. Yess! We are done with the trimming. One and a half hours. It’s a little bit more than for a smaller tank because we had to take out a lot of stem-plants. We had to trim, and suck out the water at the same time to get rid of the Weeping moss. That was floating in the water. Obviously this is a bigger tank so it needs a lot of water. 650 liters, and we changed about maybe half of it now. So we changed 50% now. Because of the trimming. If you like what you see, please subscribe! Down there. To the Green Aqua YouTube channel. Because we will keep you posted with all kinds of tutorials and inspirational materials and everything. Also, if you have questions and comments, please post them. Down there. Below us. And we will answer any questions that you have, regarding this tank. Or any other tank as matter of fact… Until next time, goodbye.