Unofficial only because I have to decide on a name officially for this beauty. I have a few and a theme I am shooting for so a name shouldn't be too far off.
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ADA Do Aqua WabiKusa Waterfall Ver.2 120cm
Tank:ADA Do Aqua WabiKusa Waterfall Ver.2 120cm (120cmx45cmx20cm)
Filtration: Odyssea CFS700 w/ 9 watt built in UV sterilizer
CO2: Painball setup running 24/7 5bps(initial flood stage through 7.1.12)
Substrate: Akadama Double Red Line SS Fine grade
Hardscape: Manzanita Logs, Malaysian drift wood and Volcanic Rocks
Heater: Hydor 200w inline system(12mm)
Water Temp: 22C
It arrived today finally after so much anticipation and waiting it’s finally here my glass cascade dream.
I am very excited, I had stopped by AFA today after hearing from George that the container with my tank as well as the rest of their products had arrived and was cleared through customs and would most likely be available for my pick this evening. They were of course good to their word and I arrived around 6pm to await its unloading. The excitement I felt was like that of a child going to Disneyland for the first time
, or waiting to board a plane or depart on your very first tropical vacation
. I was antsy last night going to sleep
with the excitement and anticipation. So.... here it is, pretty bare at the moment but once I get the stand set up in the bay window I will start the scape. Hopefully by next weekend or sooner.
First I apologize for the crap quality of these shots. I really miss my camera right now but oh well, its only a camera. I will try to update with better shots as I gather them.
Front with some manzi and a fern in a berry basket for some size perspective.
As of right now this is the intended list of flora in my possession and Fauna that I plant to use in this tank and scape:
Submersed Aquatic Mosses/Plants:
5 portions Mini Pellia
4 portions Mini Fissedens
1 Potion Fissedens Fontanus
6 portions Flame Moss
1 Willow Moss
1 Riccia Flutans
8-10 -Petite Anubias ‘nana’
1 - Bolbitis cuspidata Micro - TB Rhizomes
4 - Bolbitis heudelotti - Full Lot 10’ of Rhizomes
1- Hygrophila pinnatifida
1- Hydrocotle sp
1 - portion E hydropiper
3- Trident Java
3 Terrestrial mosses 4”
1 Sundew Carnivorous plant
3 Awapuhi Shampoo Ginger
11 Mimosa Pudica aka sensitive plant(I bought some sprouted seeds on Ebay we’ll see)
1 Black Bamboo (GGP)
2- Un ID’d Hawaiian ferns.
Hawaiin terrestrial mosses (to be planted at waterline on large Black lava stones)
To be grown on the glass cascades
8-12 various orchids
1 dozen Emerald dwarf Rasbora
15 Amano Shrimp
Caridina simoni simoni
Finally once seriously established I would like to add and hopefully breed
Black Shadow Panda’s :mrgreen:
List of Hardscape Stockpile
40’ black lava Rock ¼” - ¾” inch
40’ DRL Akadama SS
8-12 lrg size stones
Mopani Pieces Lrg
Manzi Logs 3-6” dia. & Branch wood.
I believe that sums it up for now. Stay tuned.
Updated to add some full scale sketches of my initial layout design for the bottom section I have no real concrete idea for the upper section as far as asthetic layout other then to compliment the lower level and house the orchids and semi aquatic mosses and other terrestrial plants and hopefully a few wabi balls.
For my new tank the 120 Waterfall in the lower section it is like a 120F tank. The layout I have sketched it is to scale. I have some plant abbreviations scribbled in and general layout and placement to some extent although nothing is set in stone to say...
and in my head I want to have a narrow about 4-5 inch swift water channel coming from the back far left corner on a diagonal to the mid way point. I am trying to figure out what kinds of plants would do well in in narrow little fast water slot? I need some suggestions.
I am planing on doing a dry start so rooting and water uprooting the plant wont be too much of an issue once it is flooded. The tank will be a med to High light tank with lots of additional natural light via a north facing bay window. It will have pressurized CO2 and low dose basis FWIW for anyone's suggestions.
Blue shading equates to calm and or un-agitated water
Orange Rust shading equates to my intended fast flow current
Yellow shading equated to terrain that is barely and or gradually submerged
I plan to propel the water via a Marineland Maxi-Jet 1200 Multi-use water pump propeller and two of these mini jet 404's, they are small and can be tucked away among the wood and rocks in the back sections the will be dense with flora.
The center emersed like triangular area will be make up of Aquarium logs of mopani, manzi and sorts I wanup a wood reef/wall long that side, the other side opposite the lest side will be constructed of Rock possibly slacked flat slate and as I have access to a bunch and its cheap and stackable and I can like sandwich mosses between the layers as I stack them up to help secure them along the vertical wall/reef I am going for. So, along one side of the channel wall will be solid stacked large wood and the the other will be stone, like a stream flow where water is forced between large rock and the bank of the stream in a tight slough of fast water. Not sure if anyone can get a picture or idea of that but no worries.
The main thing I need your input on is my options for plants/mosses that thrive in a fast current. :mrgreen: