Bavarian Bush 3.0 (2022.09 -> now)

In this third attempt, here are the objectives:

  • Back to island look, with a part of the ground with sand, and nice swimming free volume for the fishes

  • A more vertical look, extended by the emergent driftwood, the plant and the light system way higher

  • Opened tank, with even an emergent plants and kind of hydroponic system

  • ATO (Auto Top Off) system to keep constant water level compensating evaporation

  • CO2 inline injection, since second return line is allocated to the drift wood

  • Special water preparation system to deal with KH > 7 of the tap water

Bavarian Bush 2.0 (2021.12 -> 2022.09)

In this second version, the objectives are:

  • Soil only, instead of sand, to avoid scratches on the glass

  • Tubings redesigned and this time glued for peace in mind

  • More plants

    • More soil to bring more elements to the plant, but with clay ball in bags to gain volume and a slope without too much soil

    • Better CO2 injection with (Aqua Medic) CO2 reactor

    • Better plant fertilization with 2 (Aqua Medic) dosing pumps macro / micro

Results: as you can see, at one point the tank looked great, with intensive plant grow and colors. But rapidly we faced an issue with some black beard algae (BBA) or brush algae (Audouinella sp., Rhodochorton sp.) that overrun the tank. I tried many tips, even 1 week of black out, but at the end I decided to reset the tank.
Nothing extrem as a bleach, simply give the system another starting point, and if the conditions for BBA are not here anymore, it won't establish again.

Bavarian Bush 1.0 (2020.09 -> 2021.11)

Bavarian Bush is kind of island for aquascaping.


  • Planted tank

  • Dedicated to little fishes

  • Simplified maintenance

Simplified maintenance is insured here with an interesting water change system based on Y tubing and Gardena system. It helps to change 50% of water in 15min, with a minimal effort.

It is an high-tech aquarium, custom made and with premium equipment selection.

Design and assembly phase (2020.05 -> 2020.07)


  • Design minimalist style

  • DIY to reduce costs and cover owner wishes (and home place)

  • Integrated system to make water change a piece of cake:

    • Tank holes and pipes with in mind as many options as possible, and futur (see v3.0) will prove it is right angle

    • Garden hose rolled up on stand

    • Filter secondary outlet can be used for water in/out the system

  • 4 holes drilled in bottom, ready for any external canister or sump options

  • Lightning system holders fixed to the tank support, and futur (v3.0) will show off such flexibility

  • Power strip generous (8 sockets) and fixed safe away from water

  • Rolling tray to service easly the filter and CO2 bottle