Time-Lapsed Aquarium: From Start to Fishy

Home Aquarium Aquascape

Image source: Aquariumswest.com

I’m pro-fish. So, it’s no surprise that whenever I get the chance I will gladly steer the conversation towards aquariums (which, admittedly, isn’t very frequently). I typically end these conversations by recommending that people look into getting an aquarium of their own, but I’m not always met with profound enthusiasm.

In my experience, people tend to give one of two reasons as to why they don’t want an aquarium. The first one is cost, which is a reasonable concern. That’s not really a problem you can get around. After all, nice things cost money.

Elegant Freshwater Aquascape

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The second complaint is about effort. People associate aquariums with maintenance, painstaking planning, and difficult set up. The problem, I believe, is that the initial task of setting up an aquarium for the first time is too daunting for most would-be hobbyists. That task acts as a barrier that prevents people from taking the plunge.

Freshwater Aquarium Setup

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To be honest, it’s really not all that bad. Sure, hooking up all of the technical equipment and asking your buddy to help you carry in equipment isn’t what most people would consider fun, but going through the technical stuff won’t take long. And once you’re done, that’s when you get to do all of the fun stuff, like aquascaping and nourishing your aquarium life.

So, in order to make aquarium ownership seem less intimidating, I’ve compiled a few time-lapsed aquarium. We’re going to go through everything, from the initial set up, to the aquascaping process, to the rampant growth that will begin as soon as your plants and aquatic buddies get acclimated to their new home.

Step 1: The Technical Stuff

This is one of the mos complicated set ups you’ll see. The aquarium is connected to the piece of furniture that it sits on, so he has to go through all of the technical steps of linking the machinery to the aquarium. If you get a self-contained aquarium that has all of its equipment attached, you shouldn’t have nearly as much trouble with your first setup.

Step 1 Revisited

Try not to mind the oddball music selection. This is a good example of how quickly and efficiently a group of professionals can set up a home aquarium.

Step 2: Aquascaping

The actual aquascaping is what makes it all worthwhile. I’m sure that a lot of people would be daunted by the task of artfully arranging plants and rocks, but that’s something that I really get a kick of. It’s much easier than painting or sculpting, because you can immediately fix any mistake that you make. Just keep fiddling with your pieces until you get a stylish arrangement that floats your boat.  I’ll start you off with a relatively simple aquascaping timelapse:

Step 2 Revisited

That’s not too bad, right? Now, let’s move onto an aquascape that’s a little bit more complex.

Step 3: Sit Back and Wait!

Your aquarium is a living ecosystem, so it will take time before your sparsely-planted aquarium blooms into a lush and vibrant aquascape. Check out this three-week time lapse as the plants slowly climb upwards. You will be well rewarded for your patience.

Step 3 Revisited

Here’s a close-up, six-day time-lapse of a single growing plant.


4 thoughts on “Time-Lapsed Aquarium: From Start to Fishy

  1. Chase

    I too had the same concerns about starting an aquarium. But once I learned everything I could I started a 75-gallon aquarium.

    Starting with a large aquarium is best, chemical changes are more forgiving in a large aquarium than in a small one.

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