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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-26-2013, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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ADA 120-P Iwagumi Journal

It's been 7 months in the making but I finally got my new tank setup today!

Tank: ADA 120-P (~65 gallon)
Filters: Eheim 2117 x 2
CO2: 10lb bottle, inline reactor
Lighting: 48" Ray II: Ultra Slim High Output LED
Hardscape: 84lb of Manten stone

Going to do ~1 week emersed growth before I fill it.

Huge thanks to Joseph from Miyabi Aqua. He came over and helped with the layout. And by helped I'll be honest, it was pretty much all him. Nice to have his experienced eyes on the project as I had been struggling with hardscape for a while now. Also thank you's to Pat from Canadian Aquatics and of course all the members of this forum for their guidance and opinions!
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Current Tank: ADA 120P Iwagumi
[Buildup Questions 120P Lighting? | 120P Filter?] | 120P Hardscape?
Previous Tank: 7.9g Fluval Flora

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Nice Manten stone, the main one has great character.

How do you like the Ray2 on this larger size tank?
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ADA 120-P Iwagumi Journal

Te largest stone should be farthest back in this situation. Try reversing the positions. Nice scape otherwise.

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I kind of like it up front. It might be breaking the rules but I think it is interesting

I may try to catch your fish if they are big enough
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Personally I feel as though your main feature is very in-your-face (for a lack of a better term). This could be appealing to some, but not so much to others. Personally, I'd rather see it moved back a little as Mark said, but it's all up to you!

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Re: ADA 120-P Iwagumi Journal

Appreciate the suggestions but I am done with the tweaking!

I personally love that the center stone is up front and in your face. If you look qt the fIrst pIc, Its actualy quite far back. In the 2nd pic the shadow makes It look closer. RIght now Its bare In front but the DHG will grow which will create an illusion of distance before a sheer "cliff".

The Ray2 puts out a ton of light for its size. Only time will tell if its effective at growing though. Fingers crossed.

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I like it up front too.
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I like the scape. Interesting how the stand looks white in the first picture and Dark brown in the second. Crazy lighting effect.
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the stone in the middle does not look that good.

is that ray 2 going to be enough light for it?
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Appreciate the suggestions but I am done with the tweaking!

I personally love that the center stone is up front and in your face. If you look qt the fIrst pIc, Its actualy quite far back. In the 2nd pic the shadow makes It look closer. RIght now Its bare In front but the DHG will grow which will create an illusion of distance before a sheer "cliff".

The Ray2 puts out a ton of light for its size. Only time will tell if its effective at growing though. Fingers crossed.

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I was going to say it looked better in the empty picture, but if it's the same layout and really just an illusion than I think you're fine. Try moving your light forward some to get rid of that shadow and take another picture.
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Nice hardscape!

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Re: ADA 120-P Iwagumi Journal

1 week later, everything is looking good. Flooded the tank on saturday. A couple of plants melted completely but the new growth is coming in quickly. tones of runners on the DHG, had to tuck a number of them under the soil.

What a difference with proper co2 from the start.

2nd picture is with the light moved forward. Gets rid of that shadow for sure. might consider another ray2 so I can keep one up front... will give it some time first.

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Lookin good! Better pics with no shadow!

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Very good hardscape. ADA tanks and iwagumi always looks good.

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