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[5 Tank Builds] Hello... It's Been 10+ Years Since My Last Tank

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by jzhang1013, Mar 7, 2017.

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    Hey guys, so it's been 10+ years since my tank.... Long story short, I stopped my planted tank hobby cause I graduated, lived abroad, bought a few cars, got into photography and cars, got a girl friend, and bought a house. In fact, I wasn't planning on even getting back into the hobby even though I had saved everything I didn't sell in storage. However, recently I was left in charge of a Betta fish so that got me itchy, and as a result I went and spend $$$$ on 3 new tanks (48g, 3g, 2g). Now that I have all that out of the way...

    Here's my previous tanks for 10+ years ago in case ya'll were curious...

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    Will post my girl and I's new setups soon as I get them set up one by one....

    Beginning of our 90p ~50g tank

    - Mr.Aqua 90p (CK Fish World)
    - ADA style black cabinet (CK Fish World)
    - Twinstar LED (Aqua Forest Aquarium)
    - Hydor 200w
    - ?lb CO2 tank + Azoo regulator (only equipment I had from back in the day)
    - ADA lily pipes
    - ADA CO2 diffuser
    - ADA Bubble Counter
    - 200lbs BLACK MOUNTAIN SEIRYU STONE (CK Fish World)
    - ADA escaping tools (left over from back in the day)

    In the mail:

    - Eheim 2117
    - ADA Clear Hose set (aquatic-garden)
    - ADA Amazonia and Power Sand (aquatic-garden)
    - ADA soil additives
    - ADA fert line up
    - Chihiros Doctor
    - ADA handing thermometer
    - ADA Filter media
    - ELEOCHARIS BELEM

    Plans are 50 tetras, Amano shrimps, Ottos, HC Cuba. Full ADA fert line up regiment.
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    Beginning of our 20q ~2g tank

    - 20q Ultim Nature Ultra Clear Tank (BucePlant)
    - Dragon Stone (BucePlant)
    - AquaTop 15w nano heater
    - Azoo Mignon 60 (BucePlant)
    - Up Aqua Pro LED 3C 7" LED (BucePlant)
    - Micranthemum Monte Carlo (CK Fish World)
    - Fissidens Mini
    - HYDROCOTYLE TRIPARTITA (not sure if MINI variant)
    - ELEOCHARIS BELEM
    - Betta fish (CK Fish World)
    - Aquavitro aqua solum (CK Fish World)
    - ADA Gain Green (Aqua Forest Aquarium)

    Planning to add a couple more plants in the future with CO2 and lighting upgrade. Crystal shrimps too.

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    Week 2 - Added ELEOCHARIS BELEM, HYDROCOTYLE TRIPARTITA and Fissidens Mini
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    Beginning of our 3n ~3g tank

    - 3n Ultim Nature Ultra Clear Tank (CK Fish World)
    - AquaTop 25w nano heater
    - Fissidens Mini
    - Fissidens Fontnus (CK Fish World)
    - Betta fish (CK Fish World)
    - 3 Pygmy Corys (CK Fish World)
    - White sand (CK Fish World)
    - Seiryu Stone (CK Fish World)
    - ADA Gain Green (Aqua Forest Aquarium)
    - Azoo Mignon 150 (CK Fish World)
    - Up Aqua Pro LED 3C 10" LED (CK Fish World)

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    Week 2 - Added both mosses. Fissidens Fontnus in the background and Fissidens Mini in the foreground and rock cracks
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    Back dating this to 12-07-2016

    picked up a few crystal reds to see how they'll do in the 2g...

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    and....

    As i kinda expected or hoped not to have happened, the shrimp have be an expensive meal for the 2g tank betta. So to replace them, we got some ember tetras that can actually outrun the betta for the tank. Might just move the betta to another tank alone as it's way too aggressive (more so than the 3n tank betta). Then fill the 2g tank back up with shrimp that won't be food.

    Happy embers (these used to be so rare, now they're only $1.99 and readily available)
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    A few strands of hair grass mini planted in the foreground of the 3n. Might do a heavier planting once the background hair grass comes in
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    While waiting for things for the 90p (which we decided to replace with an actual ADA 90p) we decided to take apart the ADA style cabinet and paint match it to our TV stand...

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    Here's the TV stand for reference...

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    Now have a total of 5 ember tetras and 3 replacement CRS in the 2q and added eleocharis acicularis to the background of the 3n.

    In other news... Got yet another dining table 2q so that the 2q's are right next to each other AND another betta LOL. Photo updates to come soon. Follow @glassaqua on IG for more.


    A HUGE order of all things ADA that was ordered on Cyber Monday FINALLY came in today, looks like the holidays came early this year...

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    Alan Le custom regulator is a BEAST!!! SUPER QUICK turn around and processing too!
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    Among the sorting of ADA things... we had setup yet another 2g...

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    Now we have a dual dining table setup with the same exact equipment... ADA cabinet photos to come soon.

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    3g at week 3. Moss is growing in nicely and a longer hair grass in the rear for more depth...

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    Our bodies aren't ready... It's time.

    Still a few ADA things in the mail but we can start the hardscaping tonight!

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    Here's our first go at the hardscape, not finalized but at least y'all have an idea of how the rocks look in relation to the tank size.

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    Spent the morning of our Saturday chiseling rocks lol..

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    Second pass at arranging the iwagumi setup with the newly chiseled rocks...

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    Clearer photo of our dining table twins...

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    More ADA shipment, still awaiting one last one...

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    Cleaned up the cabinet and modified the inside, still missing motion sensing LED to be shipped and installed inside...

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    So.... We seriously have a problem (well... I think it's the gf that does LOL). We picked up YET ANOTHER Ultum Nature tank. This time it was a 5n which is ~5g...

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    Using left over rocks from our 90p

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    Full ADA regiment...

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    ADA La Plata sand is one of my personal faves. It's just so natural looking and not too fine...

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    This tank is on our night stand. The pleasant flow of the filter will help us sleep at night especially when we're going broke thanks to this hobby.

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    Plant list for this tank are:
    - Monte carlo
    - Hairgrass
    - Hairgrass mini

    Future plans:
    - Light upgrade
    - Heater upgrade
    - Filter upgrade
    - Fish and shrimp (deciding between tetras and micro rasboras and king kong shrimp) as long as gf doesn't show up with yet another betta LOL

    Oh also caught all 3 of the tank mates in the 3g...

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    Cabinet mods while waiting for plants....

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    FINALLY the plants arrived overnight. Long story short, it was supposed to be delivered to me by 10:30am next day air yesterday but somehow Fedex somehow managed to F$*# up and the driver got lazy and didn't even attempt delivery even thought it had PRIORITY OVERNIGHT taped all over the package. I found out 30mins after 4 hour long calls with Fedex customer service that it was back at my local station 30mins before they were closing so I rushed to the station in 25mins and got the plants myself. If it was moss or anubias, I wouldn't have cared, but it was 5 10x10" of HC Cuba which doesn't ship well in the first place. So needless to say I was SUPER PISSED. Anyway, got the plants at 8pm and started prepping and planting. Filling started at 12am this morning and finalized the full setup with filter, co2, heater, wires, etc by 4am.....

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    Just like prepping a michelin star salad...

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    4am startup. FINALLY!!!!!!!!

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    Shoutout to:

    - CK Fishworld (Stand, 100lbs+ of rock and random accessories)
    - Amazon for Prime
    - Aqua Forest Aquarium for ADA whoring
    - Home Depot (hardware accessories)
    - AquariumPlants.com (all plants)

    Now back to figuring out a way to pin down floating HC Cuba sigh. More photos to come!
     
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    Day 3 update on thE ADA 90p - been messing with the CO2 bps. We're doing daily 50% water changes with the addition of Green Bacter in order to speed up the process. Also floating HC Cuba is slightly frustrating. Sadly broke a Lily Pipe during the second water change... Otos and Amanos by this week, can't wait! Anyone know how long it usually takes HC to bounce back after planting?

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    Week 1 update on the Ultum nature systems 5n - Plants are growing in crazy for no CO2 injection during the first 5 days. The hairgrass grew about half a CM overnight! Been dosing ADA Brighty K, Green Bacter, and Seachem Excel daily along with 50% water changes. We just added 10 Chili Rasboras and 7 blue shrimp last night thanks to CK Fish World. This week, we're cutting back the water changes to every other day. While the Monte Carlo new growth is starting to show itself.

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    Week 2 update on this Ultum nature systems 2c - added more plants throughout to complete the layout along with CO2. Might add a few more tankmates to the Betta.
     
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    Updates updates updates!

    Ultum Nature 3n: Tank is still pretty slow in growth since this is our lowest tech setup. The betta is getting huge and his fins are changing colors for the better. If you compare the very first photo of this tank until now, (about 5 weeks), you can see his change. Also decided to get a single Amano for clean up duty since since algae dust is apparent.

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    Ultum Nature 5n: Plants are growing pretty fast in my opinion with the monte carlo carpeting and hair grass sp. sending out runners. Normal hair grass grows faster than hair grass belem apparently. This is the second week of the tank, now full cycled and running on CO2 injection via paintball for a little over a week.

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    Finally got a shot of one of the Ultum Nature 2c tank Bettas AKA Sesame. He's very elusive and coloring up very nicely!

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    ADA 90p: Finally the tank is clear so we got some green neon Tetras from Bob's Tropical LA who was able to give us the best price special ordered all the way from Florida overnight. Also on the next day, 5 Zebra Otos were overnighted, which are still very very rare after 10 years and hard to find. We paid a pretty penny for all of them but so worth it being able to finally afford and own them. Lots of character. The only thing missing are shrimp in this tank which we will add once the HC sends out more runners. As far as plants go, new grow and carpeting is starting to happen during the second week. The plants in this tank took a bigger hit than the one in the 5n maybe cause they were grown emersed. Slowly but surely...

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    50 Tetras (a few passed due to stressful transportation and travel but Bob's Tropical LA was kind enough to replace the doa for us!)
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    Zebra Otos acclimating - I want more!
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    Unfortunately one of the Otos probably got scratched on a rock or through transportation and got 'Cotton Wool' disease and now rushed into a hospital tank setup with API Pimafix and Melafix. We're hoping he pulls through since Otos are very sensitive fish. We're thinking the infection was passed onto him through one of the wild Tetras. He's still lively in his holding tank though but probably not happy at all...
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    Cleaned up the tank tonight. It's almost 2 weeks now...

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    Decided to rescape the first 2g tank with Frodo Stone and transferred the 3g Betta in it while the Embers and CRS were switched over. This time we took the liberty of using the full ADA line up and the only plants that were used was UG.

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    One Zebra Oto unfortunately passed due to a fungal infection that we tried really hard to treat. However we were lucky enough to find a single one that was for sale at a LFS!

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    The 2g finally cleared up and was able to get a photo of it...

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    Former 2g inhabitants now in the 3g along with 5 new CRS

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    Currently battling brown algae in the other 2g. Any tips on getting rid of it?

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    1 month update on the ADA 90p. Currently home to 70 green neon tetras, 5 amino shrimp, and 5 zebra ottos. Unfortunately, not sure why the older leaves are yellowing, but the plant is sending out lots of runners and long roots. Any thoughts?

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    Another round of weekly updates.

    3n is growing hair grass just fine with no CO2 just slow growth. This is now the only tank without CO2 in house:

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    On the other hand, our 5n which has CO2... the hair grass has begun to grow into the foreground while planted in the background:

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    Next up is out dual dining table setup of 2c's with the left just replanted with hair grass belem cause for some reason out UG melt (???), weird but the hair grass is already sending roots after 3 days. Big shout out to SubstrateSource for fast and healthy delivery. On the right, we have crazy growth on the E. Tenellus and we had to cut and replant the whole background because out Betta would always hide out and uproot them like the devil he is. Also after replanting and a water change last we, I decided to fill the background with multiple species of Rotola and replace the E. Tenellus with Blood Vomit which is already order as of today:

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    Finally we have the ADA 90p which unfortunately was struck by a CRAZY out break of ich, we did what we could with the Tetras and lost 1 Oto, SO SO SAD :( but in light of that we got 10 more Amanos to defend agains brown dust algae and a ADA hospital tank which will no doubt be scaped in the future some time. We've also been fighting against old growth yellowing which is screaming N deficiency so we bumped the CO2 and N dosing. We'll see how that turns out. The hair grass that we planted as a background plant has now creeped all the way up to the foreground so we'll be trimming for the first time soon while the fight continues...

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    I would say this is around day 45-50 update on the ADA 90p. Still dealing with ich and now snail outbreak (not sure where they came from which sucks). It's the only tank with snails and in a tank this big it's hard to control them. We got a puffer in hopes it'll have a feast. We'll see. The plants are growing just great, the HC is recovering with higher CO2, better CO2 circulation and also more N dosing. Notice the crazy growth of hair grass belem from background all the way to foreground. No trimmings has been done yet and it looks like we might have to soon.

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    Dueling dining table setup updates:
    The one on the right has been experiencing crazy rapid hair grass growth for whatever reason, we have no clue what we did right but this is the first time we've had tissue culture plants grow so fast with barely an maintenance. On the left, it's now home to 6 different sp. of Rotala since it's one of my favorite stem plant sp. We've been adding ADA ECA (iron) more frequently in an effort to make the reds, oranges, magentas, yellow and hopefully pinks pop more.

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    Just got back from a 10day vacation in Hong Kong. I had my parents come over to our place everyday to take care of the fish with instructions written in Chinese for them LOL

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    Hair grass grew in like CRAZY in the left tank and the Rotala really filled the background up. However, unfortunately the CO2 ran out half way during our trip and algae took over the left tank, but nothing a tooth brush and a good scrub couldn't handle. First thing we did after a 19hr plane ride was come home for water changes and CO2 refill. The tanks are doing better with algae being closely monitored and lighting bumped down one level. Hoping the Rotala on the right tank doesn't suffer since it seems to not like change at all. The growth rate of the hair grass really took me by surprise. Side note is that I ordered some new CO2 equipment for better diffusion in these tanks.



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    As you can see the slow HC Cuba grew in a bit more and the hair grass got even thicker. We had trimmed the hair grass before we left. We also bought a Dwarf Puffer and 6 Assassin Snails for snail control. Came back to a relatively cleaner tank (still have snails but not as much) and a super bloated Puffer. We suspect he preyed on the Assassins too. This ADA 90p will need a full trim in the coming week as the Aquasoil is completely covered now. Still messing with bumping the CO2 since we got our tap water tested and it's pretty hard so the bubble count and the CO2 drop check even at the right settings is still too low. We'll have to judge by the fish instead.


    HONG KONG

    AquaHome - An ADA distributor in Hong Kong that only does planted tanks. Amazing tanks and for such limited space in Hong Kong, they had a couple 100g tanks along with 50g's on display. We bought as much ADA stuff here as we could. Super nice peeps.
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    AquaArt - Another ADA distributor owned by a scaper who has ranked super high in the previous ADA contests. Super cool tanks as well and a bit of Wabi-Kusa on display
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    This is how lots of fish, shrimp and plants are sold in Hong Kong due to space limitations
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    Our dueling dual Ultum Nature Systems 20c were hit by algae during our vacation so it's been a full week of care and attention. We think we're winning against algae. We even bought the new ADA Pro Brush to help us clean it. And if you're wondering... it works amazingly. Also upgraded the CO2 diffusion a bit with the Do!aqua hanging glassware. Now it looks way simpler and better! The battle continues with more clean ups and brushing during the coming week.

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    How our ADA 90p looks after our weekly water change and maintenance. We're starting to fill it back up with fish which include several more Zebra Otocinclus along the way and Neon Green/Yellow Rasboras. The Rasboras seem to be a lot more lively than the Neon Green Tetras we had previously. This tank is due for a serious major trim next weekend. We've been bumping the CO2 up even more so the plants are growing even faster now.

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    Not much to report on the 5g nightstand nano other than the fact that we have a new and much much brighter LED on order. Plants aren't growing as fast as they should even with ferts and CO2.

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    Just got a new LED setup for the nightstand 5n and had it set up last night, now this tank won't need a dinky 3w LED anymore. Yes, the plants were growing that well with the dinky LED.

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    Welcome back to ASW. All I can say is you are certainly not a beginner and have plenty of experience at creating very interesting Aquascapes.

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