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CmLaracy's ADA 75P v.6 (7/20 update)

Hello everyone, normally I do the whole scape in one shot and then post my journal... but cleaning two year old equipment all day, racing to LFS's for plants, and creating the hardscape... I'm beat, and its 1am. Planting to be done tomorrow while my RO/DI makes water over night.

My post tomorrow of the planting will have all the tank specs and details. Photo's are from my phone and are underexposed, for the full post coming tomorrow I'll be sure to use the DSLR. Critiques always welcome, I feel the main stone still needs some work. For now, here's the hardscape and a new toy. Thanks for looking and enjoy.


Dry stones





Wet stones





New toy




Until tomorrow...

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Excellent! I can't wait to see this planted.
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awesome hardscape. This is going to be a good one to follow!
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Excellent! I can't wait to see this planted.
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awesome hardscape. This is going to be a good one to follow!
Thanks guys! I'll do my best


Woke up to find that the hardscape still needed a bit of work and finishing touches. Starting the full setup now. Here's the final hardscape from a slight angle.


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As promised, photos of the planting and filling process. I ran out of premade RO/DI water so no FTS until tomorrow, besides it's very cloudy from the aeration of the lilies and my atomic CO2 diffuser on full blast. Also, aquasoil tends to could up a tank start pretty good... Tomorrow I'll also try and acquire a nice white background and install a strip of LED's to light it up. As promised, tech specs are at the bottom, below all the progress pics. Here we go!



Gotta start somewhere when farming HC




Getting somewhere, tedious stuff




I had my RO/DI running across the hall and into the tank after the first 15 minutes of HC planting, hence the tube and the sudden water line




Eleocharis 'japan'/'belem'/'mini'




Another angle




The 'valley' between the two structures




Underwater now...




Almost fully planted




Left structure




Somewhat FTS




The valley again




Now with the CO2 and filter aeration, see what I mean? Extremely foggy.




I'll have a crystal clear and full (water) FTS shot for you guys tomorrow. Thanks for looking, here's the specs for anyone interested...

-ADA 75P - 75cmx45cmx45cm
-150w Aquamedic Metal Halide Pendant
-150w ADA 8000K 'green' HQI
-Filstar xP3, Bio Rio and fine filtration pads (which is currently leaking into a baking tray at a rate that is forcing me to stay up all night until stores open tomorrow so I can replace it. It leaked into my stand a good bit before I noticed, thank god I did before going to bed. 14+ hours of work, then some celebration beers, and then I find out I have to pull an all nighter... coffeeee)
-Pressurized CO2, 5lbs, GLA atomic inline
-9L AS recycled from version 5
-18L new AS Amazonia normal
-9L new AS Amazonia powder
-500mL Brighty K, 500mL Brighty Step 1, 500mL Brighty Lights, ECA, Green Bacter, Green Gain, Bacter 100
-ADA short 'curve' scissors
-Cal Aqua Lily Pipes, 17mm
-Hand built ADA look-a-like stand
-90cmx45cm Garden Mat
-60lbs Seiryu Stone, not all used in scape
-Bunch of other random nonsense, you know the hobby
-Hemianthus callitrichoides
-Eleocharis 'mini'/'japan'/'belem'
-Combination of Nikon D5100 and iPhone 5s for photos, the phone blows me away with its pictures to be quite honest

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Nice. I got sick of the HC/DHG combo in pictures, then I tried it myself and loved it. This tank has some great potential, can't wait to see it start to thrive.
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It's always something with this hobby... my xp3 started leaking at 4am last night at about 1 gallon per hour, what a day I've been having, no LFS's have one in stock. Amazon prime $6 next day shipping saved me, it will be back up and running tomorrow. Those lily pipes aren't hooked up to anything, light only on for the shot. Using a koralia for flow. Will be picking up a proper white background soon; LED strip sunset type setup. True FTS:





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Nice. I got sick of the HC/DHG combo in pictures, then I tried it myself and loved it. This tank has some great potential, can't wait to see it start to thrive.
I love the combo's simplicity. Thanks, me too!

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Tank looks awesome
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After seeing the tank full of what I think the master stone looks just fine how it is, even if it's too late to change it, hahah. The shadow it creates is a nice contrast to the lighter mass of stone and creates a sense of depth all by itself.

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Looks great!
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Very nice. Sorry to hear you had a problem with the filter that sucks. Can't wait to see the results when it fills in.

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That looks great. You have the best equipment in there. I like that dark shadow under the tallest stone on the left side.
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Tank looks awesome
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After seeing the tank full of water I think the master stone looks just fine how it is, even if it's too late to change it, hahah. The shadow it creates is a nice contrast to the lighter mass of stone and creates a sense of depth all by itself.
Thanks! I was unsure about it and then rotated it the little bit I could while it was under water to create that shadow effect

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Very nice. Sorry to hear you had a problem with the filter that sucks. Can't wait to see the results when it fills in.
New filter up and running, thanks amazon! $6 next day shipping.

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That looks great. You have the best equipment in there. I like that dark shadow under the tallest stone on the left side.
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I'm surprised you had problems with your XP3. I've been running an XP3 and XP1 for 5-6 years continuously now. The XP1 has no issues and the XP3 has a minor seal problem that causes the water level in it to drop a bit during operation but it works perfectly.
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Catastrophic rock failure, the main stone and supporting main stone fell and ruined the entire left side along with the valley. I had a dinner reservation, so I did all I could and left. Who knows if I'll be able to salvage it, I'm very disappointed. Only two photoperiods but the plants were doing fabulously, now they're in a bucket...
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