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janickg 01-05-2011 05:43 PM

Janick's ADA Mini-M Cube Garden, Iwagumi "Padang"
Janick's Tank (most recent photo)

Cube Garden Mini M
W36 x D22 x H26 (cm)
W12 x D8.5 x H10 (inch)

Solar Mini M 27W 8000K power compact twin fluorescent bulb
turned on 10 hours a day

EHeim 2211 (Bio Rio, NA Carbon)

Aqua Soil, Power Sand Special

2 bubbles per second


Green Bacter, Brighty-K, Green Brighty 1

Water Change
Daily 1/3

Water Quality

Hemianthus Callitrichoides (Baby Dwarf Tears)

Caridina multidentata

Betta Maniac 01-05-2011 05:48 PM


I love the stark "mountain range" tanks . . .

Jeff.:P:. 01-05-2011 05:56 PM


janickg 01-05-2011 05:58 PM

16 December, 2010
Planted Hemianthus Callitrichoide (Baby Dwarf Tears) and Riccia Fluitans on two small stones, emersed (dry start) method.

Hemianthus Callitrichoide
Mixed doubts on whether to leave rock wool from pots in. First planted with small clumps with the rock wool on (2 days prior to 12/16). Did further research and decided was not a good idea, so took out everything and removed all the rock wool. Separated stems into smaller groups and replanted on the evening of 12/16.

Riccia Fluitans
Tied two small batched on to two smaller (pebble) stones to nudge between the two larger Seiryu Stones. Riccia was a little brown then.

Emersed / Dry Start
Wrapped saran wrap on top and added a little water to the substrate. Reflecting back, the front lawn got a little too flooded.

janickg 01-05-2011 06:01 PM

24 December, 2010
Christmas Eve, 6 days later

janickg 01-05-2011 06:04 PM

2 January, 2011
There seems to be some progress for most of the HC in the back (elevated) areas. I suspect the front of the tank was a little too muddy/flooded for the HC's to take stronger roots and flourish. The Riccia's seem to have revived itself and I can see new greens growing. Mold was starting to show at the front, which is what prompted me to clean a little and start flooding the tank.

A part from it being fun to actually flood the tank. I now wonder if it was too soon. (~ 2 weeks emersed / dry start)

janickg 01-05-2011 06:06 PM

3 January, 2011
Decided to flood the tank. This turned out to be premature. The HC's in the front portion of the tank began to float. The roots were not as well established as I'd like it to be relative to those in the elevated area of the tank. The current fauna in the tank are pearling nicely. But I am very concerned that there will be more floaters in the near horizon.

I am struggling with finding the patience to have the nice meadow I intended to achieve with a dense carpet of HC's. From what I understand, it will take a long time for the carpet to heal the front of the tank submerged. So I ordered two pots of HC's to plant in the front as I was hoping to plant them with the rock wool. The idea is that this would anchor the HC's down.

janickg 01-05-2011 06:13 PM

The more I think about it, the more I lean toward draining the tank and add more HC (pots) and let it run its course emersed for another two/three weeks. Please feel free to throw in your suggestions and comments

So should I:

1. Plant new HC with rock wool on to anchor it down in front?

2. or, drain the tank and plant new stems of HC's in the front and let it take its course emersed for the next few weeks before flooding again?

chilled_fire 01-05-2011 06:23 PM

Its looking great :proud:

Patience is the key when it comes with planting HC , i had kept it for 4 weeks before filling my 29g up , and i have noticed that HC grows like crazy when emersed with good lights , i also used some excel .
So, in your case if you dont want to drain the water out , you could wait cause HC will fill but would take more time. :)
Personally , i never had much luck with anchoring HC .

PS : "Padang" doesn't that mean open field, i recollect reading somehwre about it when i was in Singapore

janickg 01-05-2011 06:27 PM

Chilled_Fire, Yeah thanks. I think I'm going to drain it tonight or tomorrow. Then dry things out a little and wait plant new stems early next week.

My only concern (I'm a little new to this) is on my filter and tubings, it being wet and all now. I wonder what would happen to the filter media after a few more weeks of emersed waiting. I'd hate to see mold grow in my filter canister.

Aside from me just doing it and see what happens - anyone out there with experience on draining and waiting?

DMRaver 01-05-2011 06:37 PM

It looks beautiful. I love the scape! I would drain the tank, and plant more HC without the wool. 3 or 4 more weeks will do wonders for your carpet. Maybe even 6-8? haha Depends on your patience I guess. I would drain and clean the Eheim, keep it dry till you've got your plants filled in. Don't be rushed to flood it.

p.s all the ADA stuff looks very simple and clean together. I like

chilled_fire 01-05-2011 06:37 PM

If your Filter is new , then I would recommend removing everything out and drying it rather than keeping it closed.
Cause either ways you wonít have any good bacteria build in there as itís just been few days I guess, So my suggestion would be to just clean it and dry it out.

I did the same to cycle the Aquasoil in my tank as Aquasoil has a tendency to leak amonia, So i had to cycle my tank for almost a month , then drain everthing , plant HC, wait 4 weeks and then fill it up .
Again wait for couple of weeks for bacteria build and then add fish :)

Betta Maniac 01-05-2011 10:31 PM


Originally Posted by chilled_fire (Post 1247388)
I did the same to cycle the Aquasoil in my tank as Aquasoil has a tendency to leak amonia, So i had to cycle my tank for almost a month , then drain everthing , plant HC, wait 4 weeks and then fill it up . Again wait for couple of weeks for bacteria build and then add fish :)

Clearly I need to learn patience (not a strong point with me).

beedee 01-05-2011 11:11 PM

looks good dude!

patience is indeed the hardest part of this hobby in my opinion!

theblondskeleton 01-05-2011 11:38 PM

Looks great! I agree - it's so hard to be patient, especially when it looks so close to being ready. But don't worry: It's worth it!

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