Place the aquarium on a robust base cabinet. A level surface is imperative (spirit level!). Place a soft, heat-insulating underlay or a 10-20 cm thick polystyrene board under the aquarium.
DO NOT place the aquarium next to or near to a window. Direct sunlight is too strong and must be avoided
Installing the bed
1. Bodenfluter cable:
Fix the Bodenfluter cable in position with the suction clips
Tip: Moisten suction clips slightly before pressing into position.
The Bodenfluter cable provides for nutrient circulation in the bed similarly to in nature.
As a positive side-effect, the bed of your aquarium becomes a giant filter!
Pour a layer of ready-to-use DeponitMix Professional onto the base of the aquarium, building up to a height of at least 2 cm – the thicker, the better.
This layer containing minerals is vital for the plants. Gravel alone is not enough! DeponitMix is a long-term mineral bed rich in nutrients and trace elements which has been developed especially for aquarium plants.
You can use terraces to create different levels in your aquarium.
Terraces are installed before pouring in the gravel and provide for much more interesting aquarium designs.
4. Crystal Quartz Gravel
Now cover the DEPONIT-Mix with the hardener-free Crystal Quartz Gravel, producing a layer of at least 5 cm in thickness. This will provide firm support for the plants' roots. Take care not to mix the two layers together. Gravel variants in various colours are available to enable you to design your own individual bed.
Use gravel with rounded grains – this will protect your bottom-dwelling fish from injury. All gravel varieties from DENNERLE have rounded grains.
To avoid the aquarium water becoming cloudy, you should rinse the Crystal Quartz Gravel thoroughly with tap water in a bucket before pouring it into the aquarium. This is most simply done by using a hose to direct the water down to the bottom of the bucket, so as to flush the suspended matter up to the top and out of the bucket. The gravel is clean as soon as the water running off the gravel is clear.
Tip: Leave an opening in the gravel of approx. 20 cm in diameter, like in a stream. This will provide for a more natural aquarium biotope in which many fish varieties will feel more at home.
Finally, decorate the surface of the bed with stones or coarse pebbles (lime-free!). Wood roots can be used to design a particularly natural-looking aquascape. Roots are also important to fish, e.g. as hiding places or territorial boundaries; many catfish eat wood to aid their digestion.
Wood roots should be cleaned thoroughly with water and a brush and soaked for around a day before installing in the aquarium, to avoid clouding the aquarium water. Roots which float to the surface can be weighted down with a lime-free stone. Simply tie the stone to the root with a nylon thread.