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:
The Nitty Gritty
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
topped w/ UP Aqua Shrimp Sand
+ natural sand
- DHG (e. parvula)
- Blyxa Japonica
- Mini Pellia
- Fissidens fontanus
- Tangerine Tiger & Red Rili shrimps
And now the pictures...
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 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...