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Stu's ADA Mini M

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by sworrall, May 24, 2011.

  1. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here's my new journal for my first ADA nano

    Ive got this running on ukaps so thought id post it over here as well and run them in sync.

    Kit details

    Tank: ADA Cube Garden Mini M - 36x22x26cm / 5mm optiwhite glass
    Hardscape: ADA Yamaya Rock, ADA Hornwood
    Co2: Pressurised via Do!Aqua Music Glass - Mini 10D, Music Counter and ADA grey parts set
    Lighting: ADA Mini-M - Solar 27W light
    Filtration: Fluval 205 external to
    Outlet - Do!Aqua Violet Glass mini MP-1 10D
    Inlet - Do!Aqua Violet Glass mini MV-1 13D
    Heating: None yet as its in a centrally heated room. I may add an inline heater in the winter
    Substrate: ADA Power Sand Special topped with ADA Africana Powder - Penac P & W and tourmaline for good measure
    Ferts per day: ADA Step 1 and Brighty K
    Critters: Red Cherry Shrimp, fish undecided yet
    plants to include - Ferns, tennelus, hairgrass, fissidens, mosses, Bolbitus and a carpet of Elatine Hyropiper

    Ive been trying out different hardscapes this week, the three I came up with are below;


    1. I decided I messed up the rockwork on the first one as it doesnt look very natural but i liked the wood. If I used this I would mix in different sizes of rocks
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    mini-m-2 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    2. Sloping lying down design
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    mini-m-3 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    3. centred lying down design
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    mini-m-4 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Last night I scaped the tank and did a step-by-step of the tank from start to scaped :)


    ADA stuff to go in

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    mini-m-5 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

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    mini-m-6 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Empty with glassware added to see how it will look
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    mini-m-7 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Hardscape without substrate shows the height the substrate will be
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    mini-m-8 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Penac P and W in plus tourmaline BC
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    mini-m-9 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Powersand Special in and removed from the edges with a brush so it doesnt show alongside the africana
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    mini-m-10 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Africana Powder going in
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    mini-m-11 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    A little bit more
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    mini-m-12 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    1 x 3l bag in plus I added another half bag so 4.5 l in total
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    mini-m-13 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Levelled off with a paintbrush
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    mini-m-14 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    First piece of ADA Horn Wood in (fingers crossed its in the right angle!)
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    mini-m-15 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Second and third piece of wood in
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    mini-m-16 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Fourth piece or horn wood plus Yamaya stones
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    mini-m-17 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    More stones
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    mini-m-18 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Final scape before planting with graded yamaya added which was crushed with a mighty Thor hammer :D

    I checked out some pictures of the ADA gallery nanos before deciding on a front level of aquasoil. They plant theirs quite deep so ive gone for the same. Not sure if it aids planting or the plants prefer the deeper substrate. The back will be filled with plants and I may riase some of the stones slightly so they dont get lost in the carpet when it gets going.

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    mini-m-19 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Now to assemble the plants :D
     
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  2. ghostsword

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  3. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The wood and rock are really nice. The rock is nice and dark when it gets wet. It sounds like seiryu when its clicked together, almost metallic.

    The wood is cool too, nice and thick in sections but also thin and shaped in others. It also sinks straight away which is handy
     
  4. SuperWen

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    geologically, those rocks called "serpentinite".
    Indonesia also have source for this rock, but little bit had different structure. Indonesia's serpentinite has more veins and more conchoidal shapes like these pictures below:

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  5. hrishi007

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    beautiful setups really
     
  6. Thornpl

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    Good Work !!!!!
     
  7. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    thanks thornpl :)
     
  8. DiegoMarinelli

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    My compliments..... very good picture
    and good layout
     
  9. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    thanks DiegoM :)

    I managed to get this planted and filled the other night. Here's the progress

    tank sprayed flooded with water up to the lower aquasoil level to aid planting
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    mini-m-22 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Some hydropiper planted in the front
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    mini-m-23 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    and a little more... Small pinsette type tweezers are great for planting this. I used to try this with HC and big tweezers which just ends up crushing the roots.
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    mini-m-24 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Hydropiper done, some HC on the left and fern on the right
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    mini-m-26 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Now in go some tennelus at the bottom left and right plus a pot of HM
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    mini-m-27 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    more ferns
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    mini-m-28 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    The bolbitus starts to go in. I got small slate/yamaya pieces and tied the bolbitus to them with either tie wrap/ cotton or bonsai waire depending on how the roots were placed. (Bolbitus doesnt like its roots buried). I didnt attach it to any wood as I wanted as much freedom to move it as possible if needed :)
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    mini-m-29 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    All in
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    mini-m-30 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Scrunched paper in to keep the substrate in place when I fill with water.
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    mini-m-31 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Filling up...
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    mini-m-32 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    Filled :)
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    mini-m-33 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


    I was really impressed with the Africana as there was no dust whatsoever when I filled with water and it was as clear as a bell from straight off and has been since.

    Since I took this the front ferns have been moved down a touch so they look more natural. I also havent got around to tying any new fissidens moss stones so about 10 of these will be going in at random places on the front. Ive also had some hydrocoytl SP Japan from one of the ukaps members b7fec which has gone in at the front.

    The bad news is that the hydropiper hasnt converted very well as it started turning to mush as soon as it went underwater. I may try some newer pots of it or if not im going to go with glosso for the foreground as Ive not used that before.

    Its moved to its location in front of the TV now and had three water changes since due to it being a new tank and also getting some tanins in the water from the wood. The very good news was that the ada hornwood sank straight away due to its density :D result!

    Here is the new location

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    mini-m-34 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr
     
  10. Rahul

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    So neat!!! Very impressive. Just loved the step by step documentation. Great end result too.
     
  11. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks rahul. Im looking forward to growing an ADA only tank to see how the ferts do with the powersand. Im going to have to replace the hydropiper at the front though as the pot I got it from was quite old so hasnt taken :(
     
  12. hamza

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    A class setup!

    I really hate something in there and thats the white exposed thread on wood. Its a sheer eyesore. Please do something about it.
     
  13. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks hamza. The white is actually copper coloured aluminium bonsai wire which is holding the moss onto the wood. (it just looks white because of the light) Once the moss has fused with the wood it will be cut off.
     
  14. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Great,love the look of microsorum...I must admit that this position of wood,didn`t looked as the best choice at start for me, but I was very wrong ..it looks perfect now.
     
  16. Steven Chong

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    Dude, you got it all-- the photo skills, the layout sense, the patience. I'm impressed!

    I do worry about the leaf sizes of the plants for this size tank but-- I can't imagine that'd be too big a problem for you. Good luck!
     
  17. Jurijs mit JS

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    damn pity the elatine didn't took up. good luck keeping the glosso in it's place ;)
     
  18. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    An update on the tank.

    After a lack of maintenance over the summer (ie trimming maintenance) the HM I had in there went mad and covered the surface thus blocking the light to the carpet of SP japan and glosso so I lost that :(

    This week Ive removed the HM and given everything a general tidy up. The fern has grown quite well but a few leaves are showing a brown colour but most are fine. The bolbitus has grown in and I've planted a new gloss carpet at the front so it looks a bit untidy there at the moment.

    Anyway, here are some pics.
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    ADA Mini M Aquascape by Stu Worrall, on Flickr
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    ADA Mini M Aquascape by Stu Worrall, on Flickr
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    ADA Mini M Aquascape by Stu Worrall, on Flickr
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    ADA Mini M Aquascape by Stu Worrall, on Flickr
     
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    its trimming time!
     

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