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Jaguar 12-27-2011 05:00 AM

Jaguar's Low Tech ADA 60-P (Tank of Failure)
LATEST FTS July 16 2016:

TANK: ADA 60-P (17 gallon)
SUBSTRATE: Flourite mix - original, black, onyx sand
FILTRATION: Eheim Ecco 2234 w/ knockoff Lily pipes
LIGHTS: 12 3w Cree XPG LEDs, cool white, dimmable, 8 hrs a day on a dawn/dusk cycle

Scape will be very lush and natural, lots of leaves, texture, mostly green with a splash of red. Spider wood hardscape. Dosing EI light twice a week. Excel when I remember to.

15 ember tetras
1 bolivian ram

Java fern windeloev
Java fern narrow leaf

Hygro sunset
Hygro willow

Crypt wendtii green/red
Crypt walkeri
Crypt balansae
Crypt parva

Rotala rotundifolia

Staurogyne repens

Anubias nana

Jaguar 12-28-2011 02:05 AM

I picked up a aponogeton crispus today. I think I'm going to bunch the wood up and have it all branch out from one back corner of the tank. Then put the crispus, java fern, and red wendtii in between the branches. Then some pygmy chain in the front. Vals in either back corner. Java moss (for now) on the wood.

Gotta wait for the manzanita to sink first though. :P

zchauvin 12-28-2011 02:46 AM

Just go to youtube and type in ada gallery 2011. There you will see about 30 different ideas ;)

Jaguar 12-28-2011 03:47 AM

Hahaha... I wish I could come up with something nice like that... but my plant selection is soooo limited lol.

zchauvin 12-28-2011 10:55 AM

You have quite a few things there. Crypts can be used to line the edges of driftwood to make nice transitions between carpet plants and background plants. From what I've learned its not how big your selection is, its how much you have. For example, if you put your driftwood set up in only one corner and leave the left/right side and small space in front then put glosso for carpet right... Plant maybe 1 species of hygro behind and through the driftwood. But plant densely, so that it grows very thick, then put e. Tennelus I'm a front corner ect, and then line the driftwood with crypts. Depending on the look you have in mind, I would be careful using java fern in a 60p unless its needle leaf. The leafs on it are rather broad and could easily distort the overall image of the tank, in other words you don't just one plant by itself with bigger leafs ect. larger than your driftwood lol. In a short time, the glosso or whatever your using for a carpet and the crypts will all grow in together, the objective is to have something natural looking. Unless you are shooting for a dutch style approach you don't want 15 types of plants in a 2ft tank with the exception of your foreground plants. You often seen riccia, glosso, and dhg planted together to give an over all natural look.

Those two tanks are a tad larger, but could be implemented into any sized layout- IMO they best fit your layout with what driftwood it looks that you have.
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Jaguar 12-28-2011 05:05 PM

Yeah I see what you mean, unfortunately the only plants I have a lot of are the red ludwigia and the water wisteria, neither of which I really want to use in this tank. the crispus is just a wee little thing yet. I have no real carpeting plant, it's impossible to find anything like HC or glosso locally :S I am still looking for new stuff every few days though... like I found the crispus last night.

I see what you mean about the java fern though, mine really is a beast, it's probably taller than the tank LOL. It's just so nice, I want to show it off... it's shoved in the back corner of my 10 gallon and bent in half because it's so tall.

zchauvin 12-28-2011 05:11 PM

I'm only giving ideas ;) you can always do what you please. Send me a address and ill send you some goods.

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Jaguar 12-28-2011 10:15 PM

Haha, thanks, but I'm up in Canada so you might not want to ship, the weather has been fabulously warm for almost January but you never know :P

In other news though, I managed to find some HC-looking plant (and a crypt mi oya) at a local store today... I raid their plant tanks every 2 weeks or so and have never seen HC till now. They had glosso too but I didn't get any. Gonna look for some needle leaf java fern and bigger crypts now. :) I want to do something like this:

zchauvin 12-28-2011 10:50 PM

Looks nice, should've swiped that glosso too ;)

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Jaguar 12-28-2011 11:36 PM

Hahaha, couldn't think of anything to do with it and I'm pretty broke from recent vet bills from my cat so I talked myself out of it.

Jaguar 12-31-2011 08:43 PM

Conduit hangers anyone?

You can't even see my desk under all the trash I have piled up :hihi:

zchauvin 12-31-2011 08:44 PM


Originally Posted by Jaguar (Post 1655716)

Looking good. What kind of light you plan on hanging over it?? ADA solar II?!?!?

Jaguar 12-31-2011 08:45 PM

12 Cree XPG's ;)

TLE041 12-31-2011 09:11 PM

Why is your hanger so tall?

zchauvin 12-31-2011 10:13 PM

They look only a little longer than what ada or anyone else sales. This way your light can hang 2inches or 12 inches with no problem.

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