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60-P "It Starts with a Rock" Beach Added - page 3

You never know when the inspiration to set up a new tank is gonna strike. Well, it happened to me this past summer while on a little hike out in nature. I had gone 2 years without a freshwater tank and I guess I was looking for an excuse to set one up!

It starts with a rock.

I borrowed this one from nature and a few others that were similar in texture and color. It was a ton of fun searching for the "perfect" rock and really good exercise carrying them two at a time up a steep hill and then quite some distance to the car.

Anyway, I guess I'm starting a journal.
The first picture is a shot of "the rock" that started it all.
The second picture is of the hard scape pre H20.
The third picture is a current FTS (10/09/13)
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can't wait for more!
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Nice snag!

I may try to catch your fish if they are big enough
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So, I have been into aquariums for a long time and have been really practical for the most part when it comes to keeping the cost of a tank project low. This time I decided to splurge a bit - wanted to see what the ADA tanks were all about. Used an existing piece of furniture for a stand so put the savings into the tank which ended up being an ADA 60-P. Glad I did it. It's a nice tank. First time rimless for a freshwater tank and first time with low iron glass for me - really happy about it.

Still trying to figure out how to post pictures...

Here's the tank with some preliminary plants - Tall, grown out Glosso in the back middle. Staurogyne Repens in the midground. And HC in the foreground. Black neons all over the place.

Edit: "grown out Glosso" is actually Micranthemum umbrosum (Helzine, or Baby Tears).
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Looks Great, keep posting I would like to see the progression!

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post #6 of 46 (permalink) Old 10-04-2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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I added some Ludwigia and a few stems of Rotala to the back left corner in order to give the scape some color.

The first picture was taken from right of center.
The second picture was taken from the left side panel of the tank.
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So just wondering, did you find the rock then buy the tank?

Or you already had the tank and you were just looking for a rock? :P
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Digging on the grown out glosso!
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So just wondering, did you find the rock then buy the tank?

Or you already had the tank and you were just looking for a rock? :P
Hi. Yeah, I found the rock and thought it would be amazing in a tank. So then I went and bought the tank!
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Those are some superb rocks. They will surely make this scape!


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post #12 of 46 (permalink) Old 10-04-2013, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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So, in addition to the tank (ADA 60-P)....

Light - Finnex Ray 2
Filter - Rena Filstar XP M
Heater - Hydor inline
CO2 - yes
Substrate - ADA Amazonia


Thoughts...

Light - Happy overall. Could use a little more warmth in color. Love the low profile.

Filter - Quiet, easy to use. XP M is too strong for 60-P. I have a kink in the return line which has made the flow less tsunami like.

Heater - haven't needed to plug it in yet.

CO2 - cheap airstone bubbling into filter intake.

Substrate - really light weight which makes it challenging to anchor plants, especially with high flow
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Those are some superb rocks. They will surely make this scape!
Thanks. The rocks were inspirational to say the least! Made me want to start the tank.
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I need to find some good rocks so I can buy a tank too!

Awesome scape and awesome rocks!
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Welcome to the 60p club! Great tank.. I just set my 60p up not too long ago. Those stones you found are nice, especially for being free or "borrowed" from nature.
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