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Terry's 1st aquarium - ADA 60-F: Ohko overload (56K warning)

Hi all! So I finally got a little down time and got my ADA 60-F tank out of its box and onto a stand where I could start hatching away at a multitude of runs at hardscaping. After pouring hours and hours upon days/weeks/months into reading posts and researching I'm finally starting a journal. There are lots of pictures, so you have been warned!

My dear BF helped me with the technical write-up part of this, so here goes what's planned to go into this:

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Aquarium: ADA 60-F (24"x12"x7" = 8.6g)
Lighting: 18" Finnex Ray 2 (15 Watts: 144 HO LEDs / 7000K)
Filter: Fluval 106
Lily Pipes: 13mm Do!Aqua Violet Glass
CO2: Aquatek mini paintball regulator w/ NAG-aqua music note diffuser

Layout material: Ohko Stone
Substrate: Floramax topped w/ UP Aqua Shrimp Sand + natural sand

Planned Flora:
  • HC
  • HM
  • DHG (e. parvula)
  • Downoi
  • Blyxa Japonica
  • Mini Pellia
  • Fissidens fontanus
Fauna:
  • Tangerine Tiger & Red Rili shrimps
  • Otos
And now the pictures...

Glassware:


Some hardscape materials:


And a FEW versions of hardscaping I went through, slept on, and then tore apart to redo:

Layout 1 (very 1st go at it...):


Layout 2:


Layout 3 (still trying to figure out the glassware placement... don't mind the little stones at the bottom, I was playing with some screen mesh to divide the sand and the substrate):


Layout 4 (Very minor adjustment of replacing the stone on the mid-right to something not so "overpowering" as in layout 3. I'm leaning towards this one. I've let it sit for longer than 24 hours without feeling the need for major adjustments):


And a little bit of a closer look at the stones:



And... just wanted to throw in a lofty rendering of what I'd been thinking of before I actually got my stones. It's VERY unlikely that this will be what comes to fruition:


It'll be awhile before this gets planted & flooded though, and the BF is still helping to work out how to hang the light fixture, get conduit bent, etc. ... Stay tuned for progress+updates!

I'm open to suggestions & comments before I decide to put down the sand. Please be gentle! It's my first time at this...

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Wow that hard scape is sexy! IMHO layout 4 is amazing, one suggestion would be to move the small stone to the right of the large mountain either away or down in to the substrate slightly... it seems to be distracting from the 'master' stone (the large mountain).

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I like the fourth as well!!

Love the texture on those stones!

I literally love my aquarium(s).

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I kinda like #3, it has a little more detail with the small stones on the "shore" area. I also like the "multiple summits" look vs one main stone.

Nevertheless great start.
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I like number three. More rocks showing up.
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I like 4. Very dynamic!

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Thanks guys! I played with adding some more little stones (I guess you can't have too many stones, right? ) back along the 'shore' edge kind of like I had for layout 3 and moving the small stone to the right of the large stone down and to the right a smidge.

Layout 5:


Layout 6:


Thoughts?
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i just love Ohko stone. I also love the dimensions of this tank. Makes for a great combination and tank.

The scape looks great so far.



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that's going to look ace!
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Number 6!

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I agree number 6 looks great.
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they just keep getting better! i vote for number 11!
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What's up everyone... I'm just helping my GF (Terry) w/ a LOOONG NEEDED UPDATE on this tank. Reason being, we live together and it's in our office at our place and it's starring at me right now asking to be posted for TPT to see! LOL.... it's developing so nicely and I think she did a really phenomenal job at her first attempt at scaping.

One minor change to the original plan... we decided to go with the Cal Aqua lily pipes instead of the Do!Aqua's. They just looked better and more proportioned to size. After finalizing on a hardscape, she planted away and started to grow the HC and S. Repens via DSM.



2 months later... FLOODED!


FTS, post flooding:



FTS w/ DIY conduit light hanger (made by me!):


And on it grew... update coming up w/ more pics!

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Fast forward about another month...

We now have some Pumpkin Neo's and things are filling in nicely.



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