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Opare's ADA 60P - 'Unmastered'

Hi everyone, this was a while in the making, but finally used my summer break to setup a tank.

First scape - Day 1:


Second scape - Day 1:


Day 72:


Equipment:
Fluval 206 canister filter with filter sponge, ceramic bio-media and Purigen
Up Aqua 3L CO2 cylinder
Chihiros A601 LED
Ocean Free solenoid regulator
Intense inline diffuser
VIV 13mm Lily Pipe outflow and surface skinmer inflow


Substrate:
First scape -
Aquasoil Amazonia Powder type and normal (some new and some used)
Power sand (used)

Second scape -
ADA additives: Bacter 100, Clear Super, Penac W & Penac P
Aquasoil Amazonia normal

Hardscape:
First scape -
Rhododenron root/Spider wood
Ryu stone
Flow cells

Second scape -
Rhododenron root/spider wood
Ryu stone

Plants:
First scape -
Anbuias barteri Var. nana 'Petite'
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Brown'
Pogostemon erectus
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Rotala rotundifolia 'Blood Red'
Bucephalandra 'Catherine'
Bucephalandra 'Brownie Ghost Red'
Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow'
Fissidens fontanus
Hydrocotyle tripartita

Second scape -
Cryptocoryne parva
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Brown'
Cryptocoryne walkeri
Cryptocoryne walkeri 'Hobbit'
Cryptocoryne x willisii
Cryptocoryne beckettii 'Petchii Pink'
Eleocharis acicularis 'Mini'
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Bucephalandra 'Brownie Mini Coin'
Bucephalandra 'Brownie Red'
Bucephalandra 'Brownie Purple'
Bucephalandra 'Brownie Midnight Blue'
Bucephalandra 'Brownie Amanda'
Bucephalandra montyleana Var. Pink Lady 'NK Series'
Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow'
Rotala 'Vietnam'
Rotala rotundifolia 'Blood Red'
Vesicularia 'Triangle'

Animals:
Celestichthys margaritatus (Celestial Pearl Danio)
Pseudomugil luminatus (Red Neon Rainbows)
Neocaridina davidi Var. red (Red Cherry Shrimp)
Neocaridina davidi Var. fire red (Fire Red Shrimp)
Caridina multidentata (Amano Shrimp)
Caridina cantonensis 'Crystal Red' (Crystal Red Shrimp)

Water Parameters & Dosing: (Tested 24/08/16)
22-28 degrees celsius
1-2 dKH
3 dGH
pH 6.5~ (not that pH really matters anyway)
Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
1/5 EI Dosing

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So, the scape is a basic triangular scape that I'm actually pretty happy with.
Before planting:
After planting:
Some of the substrate fell when I filled so lost some HC, and the used power sand-aquasoil combo I had got knocked up which pissed me off a bit.
Not quite sure whether having that huge open space on the right with just HC is the best, but couldn't find any decent ideas to fill it with other plants or hardscape. A bit worried the C. wendtii 'Brown' might get too big, but we shall see how it grows. I also wanted to find somewhere to put moss, but just nothing really called out to me unfortunately.
A lot of the plants are in emersed form so I'm expecting some serious melting. The stems have to do a lot of filling in before this scape looks close to where it should be.
Currently running the lights for 5 hours, and am gonna dose EI, but I might modify the regime slightly. I'll figure that out later. Gonna skip dosing today, and start tomorrow just to give the plants a bit of setting in time.
Came back home this morning and saw the tank has also cleared up somewhat, I'm using Purigen so I'm hoping that would be the case. I'm planning to do daily water changes for the first week, and from then on more maybe every other day, and eventually space them out more till I'm doing one once a werk. But, I'm going on holiday for a few days next week which will mean I'll have to leave this alone for a while. A bit dangerous but I have no choice.
Any comments, criticism and suggestions are very welcome!


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Thank you! That is what I'm hoping for. As long as my get husbandry correct that is!


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Excited to see where this goes....great job Opare!
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Looks like a really nice setup! It's hard holding back, but I think anything other than the HC would take away from the main area, but you could always decide as the scape matures. Stay on top of your lights and water changes, good luck!
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Looks like a really nice setup! It's hard holding back, but I think anything other than the HC would take away from the main area, but you could always decide as the scape matures. Stay on top of your lights and water changes, good luck!
Thanks guys! I was actually surprised that I managed to pull off something decent scapewise.
Yeah I agree House, the HC area may calm things down from the relatively intense focal point. Also I'm gonna do daily water changes till next week, then I'm going on holiday for a few days, and may do a water change every other day from then on, until I decide things are stable enough to start doing water changes less frequently.
Here's a picture from the water change I literally just finished doing. Water is a lot clearer now.
My lights are raised pretty high, so I decided to keep them on 60% intensity rather than 50%.


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Last night I started dosing, and dosed a round of macros, just cus the plants would probably like that more than micros. I'm only dosing half of what I should for EI right now, and I calculated for a 12 Gallon tank to account for the substrate and hardscape.
I just wanted to share my schedule and see if anyone sees any issues. I'm planning to dose EI so my target PPM's are: 7.5 for NO3, 1.3 for PO4 and 7.5 for K.
This means I dose for Macros:
555mg of KNO3
85mg of KH2PO4
152mg of K2SO4
or (since I have some leftover Seachem fertilisers from when I convinced myself you couldn't get dry fertilisers in Malaysia)
5.2ml of Flourish N
14.7ml of Flourish P
2ml of Flourish K
For Micros:
Still an unknown amount of CTE, I posted a thread on the Fertiliser subforum asking for help on that.
or
7.1ml of Flourish Comprehensive
My schedule would be 3 days macros, 3 days micros and one day would be a rest day.
Does this look okay? Just to reiterate the amount I listed would be what I would be dosing at full EI, currently and until I see a need to, I will be dosing half those amounts.
In other news, seeing some melting on the HC, Rotala and very heavily on some of the Crypts which was to be expected. The epiphytes all look good. The Pogostemon and Rotala are already growing which is nice. Once there is enough growth on them I'll cut away the emersed sections and replant the tops. Also, getting some serious pearling from all the plants, which doesn't mean much but it's pretty. Getting a little bit of fungus on the wood, but much less than I expected to get. Tonight at the water change I'm gonna reposition the B. 'Catherine' and stick some more Anubias on.


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Might wanna hang your light with something a little more secure than zip ties

Looks good so far, any plans for stock?
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Looks good so far, any plans for stock?

Hahaha they've been glued in as well, the zip ties were just for the intial securing. Seems stable enough eventhough it's a bit janky.
Ummm gonna test my parameters next week to see what I can get. Already had a look at my temperatures and they range from 22-28 degrees C. The range is because I don't use a chiller and I sleep with air conditioning at night.
Definitely gonna get some shrimp to clean up, was looking at something hardy yet pretty. Will probably go for Bloody Mary shrimp. As for fish I'm leaning towards an ember tetra school, but they might not contrast so well against the R. rotundifolia. Also, I could probably fit in a few more fish besides the main school, was thinking a Pseudomugil species (probably paskai) or Rosy Loaches, but according to Seriously Fish I would be a little out of their temperature range. I doubt I could find Rosy Loaches where I live though (easily that is). Just thinking of something that would patrol different areas than the school. I also read Takashi Amano's Complete Works and he recommended fish with fluttering swim patterns for scapes like this. Not quite sure what he meant by that, but P. paskai does seem to flutter.



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So, just finished a water change and played around with plant placement a bit. The Crypts are in full blown melt mode, which is not surprising considering they were grown emersed. Also got a new Bucephalandra species today, it is Bucephalandra 'Pinky Mambo'. The name itself was reason enough for me to get it.
I apologise for the poorish photos, I don't have a proper camera so my phone's one shall have to suffice. Anyway here's a full tank shot as well.
I also ordered Some Riccardia chamedryfolia and more Bucephalandra 'Brownie Ghost'. Planning to put the Riccardia on the branches that don't reach into the ground.


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Looks good. If you can throw as much light as possible over the tank for the pic. I should help getting more detail and lightening it up.

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Looks good. If you can throw as much light as possible over the tank for the pic. I should help getting more detail and lightening it up.

Ah I'll do that tonight(well my tonight) when it's dark outside as well. Thanks so much for offering help! Figures things are a bit harder to see when I'm not on 100% intensity.


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Really like the hardscape layout, that's gonna look great filled in!
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Really like the hardscape layout, that's gonna look great filled in!

Thank you thank you means a lot! I'm really excited for when everything really starts to take off.


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