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ADA 45C - My first planted tank

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by infopimp, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. infopimp

    infopimp New Member

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    Update: see last post for current status... here is a thumbnail of how the tank looks as of May 2009:

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    I figured I'd start a diary on here for my first planted tank.

    I am lucky to have access to "Aqua Forest" - an ADA distributor here in the US. High resolution photos (including earlier steps) are available at:

    Sven's Gallery :: ADA 45-C Planted Tank - Garden Cube

    First up, the specs:

    ADA 45-C Garden Cube (#102-871) - 24 gallons
    EHEIM Professional II External Canister Filter (#2028) - (rated to 158 gallons)
    ADA BIO RIO (#105-001) - replacing stock "coco puff" media
    ADA Power Sand-M (2 x 2L bags)
    ADA Aqua Soil - Amazonia (one 9L, one 3L bag)
    Archaea lamp fixture - w/36w ADA CF bulb
    ADA Rock (hand picked at Aqua Forest)
    Petrified Wood
    DIY CO2

    Here is the current "state of the state":

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    I started this project January 1st... I'm now fully cycled, the Glosso is really filling in... and now we just sit and stare at the tank a lot. :)
     

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  2. Shadow

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    looking good for your 1st planted tank. The brown/orange rock (Petrified Wood) at front left kind of out of place, since it different color than the rest. Just my 2 cents :D
     
  3. Lithillia

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    ooh i like it. i want my plants to make bubbles too. :D
     
  4. Shadow

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    ...then go for riccia, it love to bubble :))
     
  5. exosket

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    this is your first!? Wow, congrats!! You're a natural! :)
     
  6. krisha

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    way to go on a first try
     
  7. Larsen

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    This looks very nice... your first huh!?!... Don't believe you bro:D

    What is that red plant in the back? Rotala Nanjensan maybe?
     
  8. infopimp

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    Wow, I'm flattered by you all.... what an international audience! I agree that the front rock is out of place - it will be moved soon.

    An expert on the BarrReport.com site thinks my tall plant is:

    I agree it appears to be Ludwigia brevipes. The tall plant in the back is developing amazing bright reds and oranges at the tops and is filling the background quickly. You won't believe how much this tank is growing... I'll update the photos over the weekend.

    Some of the "purists" may laugh - but eventually this tank will be filled with Crystal Red Shrimps... I love shrimps!

    :)

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  9. Larsen

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    Why would we laugh... A tank this size is only suited for shrimps. It's too small for fish, IMHO.
     
  10. Shadow

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    you can try smaller fish like boraras brigittae.
     
  11. Jurijs mit JS

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    really cool CRS you have there, what do you feed them?
    I agree with shadow about the front stone, imo the best would be to take it out.
    What about middle ground plants? they would increase the depth of your tank, something like Pogostemon Helferi maybe?
     
  12. Lithillia

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    well im for one who agrees to the plot of not putting unsuitable fishes in smal tanks. shrimps would be happy there.
    not too sure about how meany liter your gallons is.

    i have 15 liters. but i was reasured that my dwarf pufferfish would be happy there. wich he really wasnt.

    maybe guppy endlers little group can live in small tanks but i would say shrimps and snails are the way to go.

    *now were do i drop my two cents?*
     
  13. dg2606

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    You can drop them in my pocket.

    Nice job for a first. Although I would remove the 2 rocks in the front and the middle one in them back. Seems a bit crowded with all five
     
  14. infopimp

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    Would these eat shrimplets? I think any fish would, don't you?

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    Thanks.

    I feed SO many different foods. Mosura stuff is definitely amazing... I have the entire line and am "sold" it is a good value. The shrimp go nuts... and I've tried other high end foods. But variety is key. I'll take a picture of the shrimps eating and the foods I use... I have about 8 different foods, use spinach, little bit of carrot once in a while....

    I agree - great ideas! Exactly what I'm looking for. I'm rescaping to make the front more simple... a field of glosso for the shrimp to run over... and the Pogostemon Helferi sounds like a nice option!

    It is about 80 Liters. :)

    45cm cubed

    I rescaped - its "foggy" but I think we're moving more toward a natural look...

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  15. infopimp

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    Some "cute" CRS and Bee shrimplets, maybe a few days old. I'll get new photos, they are starting to show their grades now, about 3 weeks in... amazing to watch.

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  16. Lithillia

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    oh if its 80 liters it can take your fishes :D it just looked so small :)
     
  17. dg2606

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    Are you going to sell any?
     
  18. infopimp

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    I hope to trade some down the road. Just got some more SS grade breeding stock today. :)
     
  19. chinoanoah

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    Nice tank. Please keep the pics coming!

    (Located in Tampa for school, Bay Area, CA native)
     
  20. infopimp

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    This forum seems to be full of lively and fun people. I think I'll stick around. Keep the feedback coming.

    Here is the look going for...

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    With advice from above and more inspiration today... i rescaped - so things are dusty.... I'll take photos in the morning when it clears up.

    I brought in some dwarf hairgrass for a little "marsh" area... you'll see... :) Can't wait to get this stable, layout wise. I'm getting close.


    Meanwhile, these guys want to move in...

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    -steve
     

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