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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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ADA 120p planted tank - week by week images

week 11:





After a long hiatus from the aquarium hobby, I came back. I'm really excited to setup my first planted tank. I read a bunch of books, gathered information on forums, and talked to a few fellow hobbyists.

Equipment:
ADA 120p
EHEIM Professional 3e 2074 Filter
Build MY LED Dutch Planted 6300K – 48”
Inline Hydor Heater
AquaUltraviolet Advantage 2000+ 15 Watt Aquarium UV Sterilizer
Atomic CO2 Diffuser - Inline
Milwaukee pH Controller (not used – CO2 on timer)
GFA Ultimate CO2 System
ADA New Amazonia Aquasoil
ADA Power sand
ADA Tourmaline BC
ADA Mekong Sand

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 04:53 PM
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Looking great, I love the wood.
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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Looking great, I love the wood.
thank you. It's two separate pieces. There'll be a few more plants growing on it, but I'm still waiting for the shipment

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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-01-2013, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Here are a few pictures of my setup so far (started 11/17/13)







New plant delivery:



Any feedback welcome. Especially if you see something that I should do differently.

1 week later:



Syngonanthus sp Belem in the right rear is overgrown by the Ludwigia glandulosa
Ludwigia glandulosa is not as red as I would like to see
Rotala sp. 'Vietnam' grows well
Had to cut back Nymphaea lotus

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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-09-2013, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Now some fauna: 8 Amano shrimp, 2 cherry shrimp, and 10 Zebra Nerite



Need to reduce light hours, as algae grows on wood.

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post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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All plants are doing well, with exception of Ludwigia glandulosa

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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 05:06 PM
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Looks awesome! Are the corners of your tank hanging over the edge of the stand? It looks that way in the one pic


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Looks awesome! Are the corners of your tank hanging over the edge of the stand? It looks that way in the one pic
No, they don't, it just looks that way. on top of the stand is 3/4 plywood, then an ADA garden mat. The garden mat makes it look like things aren't 100% aligned, but they are.
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post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-22-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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week 5 -

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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-22-2013, 07:03 PM
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Your tank is absolutely beautiful!

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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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week 6



Ludwigia glandulosa still fighting
Rotala sp. 'Vietnam' moved to back
Rotala Perl Type 1 in front center developed from three tiny stems
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Beautiful tank! I really like the layout of the plants.


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Good looking tank!

You got some great growth really quickly. Are you just using CO2 or are you dosing ferts too?
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Good looking tank!

You got some great growth really quickly. Are you just using CO2 or are you dosing ferts too?
Thank you. I'm using CO2 and dosing daily using the PPS Pro regimen (liquid micros and macros). Most plants are growing very rapidly, some not (Ludwigia glandulosa). Doing 50% water changes every other day for 2 more weeks, then switching to fewer changes. Planning to get some fish then.

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post #15 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-30-2013, 12:21 AM
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Looking awesome! I love the layout and hardscape!
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