Set-up 8

Create a fascinating underwater world characterised by subtle highlights.

Using the example of Rio 125

All facilities shown here have been designed with the factory lighting (MultiLux T5 or MultiLux LED). A CO2 system was also used.

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Material used:


•    JUWEL Poster 4 L
•    JUWEL PosterFix
•    White Sand
•    Mini Landscape Mix
•    Cladophora aegagropila
•    Anubias 'Petite'

•    Xiphophorus maculatus
•    Xiphophorus maculatus
•    Brachydanio rerio
•    Caridina multidentata



Read here about the first steps you need to take to prepare your aquarium for planting.


1. Assemble the cabinet if necessary.


2. Set up your aquarium according to the instructions for use.

3. Apply JUWEL PosterFix with a cloth to the back of the aquarium and press the desired motif on to the glass. Remove excess poster material with a sharp cutter knife. The poster may be fixed to the back of your aquarium with the help of a spatula using stroking movements so that the poster adheres to the rear of the aquarium as well as possible. 


4. Spread the substrate around the bottom of your aquarium to cover it, e.g. using a brush. Black Soil was used in our example.  

Step 2


Find out here what you need to take into account when adding plants to your aquarium, and how to set up your aquarium based on the set-up example.



5. Decorate your aquarium. Place stones, roots or other decorative items in your aquarium. Then you can start planting your aquarium. Make sure that you expose the roots when you unpack the plants. Cut the roots a little from below to enable them to develop and grow faster. Carefully put the plants in place, e.g. with the help of plant tweezers. The presented planting plan was used in our example.

Mini Landscape Mix

Cladophora aegagropila

Anubias ‚Petite‘

6. Cover the newly placed elements with paper towels to protect the layout from being washed out. Fill the aquarium slowly with water up to the level indicator. Remove the paper towels once the aquarium has been filled. Tip: Fill the aquarium through the filter to ensure optimum filling. This is the gentlest way of filling the aquarium.
Step 3


Read here how to correctly put your aquarium’s technical components into operation.


7. If necessary, remove the protective film from the filter media and rinse them carefully under running water. Fill the filter baskets with the filter media as instructed. First insert the lower and then the upper filter basket, with the filter media inserted in the correct order, into the filter housing. Insert the circulating pump and the heater into the openings provided in the filter. Finally, place the filter cover on the filter and connect the electrical equipment to the power supply.
8. Install the light unit and connect it to the power supply. Place the cover hatches on the lamp to prevent condensation from escaping. 
9. The run-in period of the filter may last 6 - 8 weeks. You may increase the number of fish in steps during this time.