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IWANNAGOFAST 01-20-2012 06:01 AM

ADA 60F "Les Montanges de Top Gear" last shots before shutdown
So my girlfriend bought me this tank for my birthday back in September.

After having it sit in a corner of my house for a few months I decided to finally set it up after I sold my riparium

Here's how it sits now

This was my inspiration for the scape

The tank has azoo substrate and ohko stone I bought from a club member a few months ago. Lighting will be my 11x3watt LED set up I ran over my riparium. I'm doing an HC dry start for now. The plan is to have HC pretty much everywhere and some fissidens or mini pelia on the rocks. I still have to get my co2 stuff so I'm waiting on that before I plant the rest of the HC (Still have 3 pots)

Thanks for looking!

zergling 01-20-2012 06:27 AM

Dude!! Subscribed!

You got a keeper there with your lady! :proud:

With that nice mound, I'm sure you know you have to VERY careful with filling with water and your water changes!

IWANNAGOFAST 01-20-2012 01:53 PM

Haha yeah I like her.

The mound is actually mostly rock with a 1 inch layer of soil. Once I flood it I'll leave it be for a month before I add any animals so that the hc has time to take hold.

IWANNAGOFAST 02-10-2012 02:56 AM

Update on the tank.

I filled it in because I was getting impatient. Planted some HC on the slopes too. Hopefully they stick and grow because in some places, there's not a very thick layer of soil before it hits the rock. now I just need some moss

IWANNAGOFAST 03-21-2012 05:07 AM

ok so the hc did not fare very well because my light wasn't putting off the right spectrum. I've added some 2700k and 4500k white LEDs to counter balance the 10000k whites i've had on it and so far it's doing better.

I removed all the HC, and got some Mini Pelia and fissidens in and glued onto the rocks. I'm going to get some more HC this weekend and do another dry start.

the plan is to have HC all along the bottom and the mosses on the mountains. Need more moss too

Anyways, some pics

and a FTS

Dollface 03-21-2012 05:10 AM

First photo is the best photo.

IWANNAGOFAST 03-21-2012 05:36 AM

Thanks! this tank has been an exercise in patience

Dollface 03-21-2012 05:38 AM


Originally Posted by IWANNAGOFAST (Post 1783371)
Thanks! this tank has been an exercise in patience

Aren't they all though.

Anyway, your old perspective mini-m was pretty boss, and I have a soft spot for the -f's so I am excite for this tank.

They guy on 'baaps was right though, where's the mini Jeremy Clarkson? :icon_neut

plantbrain 03-21-2012 07:14 AM

Blender the moss with some juicy nutrient rich tank water, then paint it all over the rocks.

Mist once a day.

mizu-chan 03-21-2012 08:23 AM

Beautiful scape. I can't wait to see it all grow in!

SearunSimpson 03-21-2012 09:33 AM


Originally Posted by plantbrain (Post 1783438)
Blender the moss with some juicy nutrient rich tank water, then paint it all over the rocks.

Mist once a day.

I'm not sure if this form of "graffiti'' has hit your city yet, but with Vancouver being so full of art student/hipsters, you can randomly find words and pictures on the sides of buildings from people who do this.
They blend the moss with water and nutrients (probably old tank water) and add a little bit of buttermilk (not exactly sure what that does) and then they use a brush and paint words like "Love" and "Beautiful" or whatever on the sides of buildings. Secretly at night they mist them and then randomly like a couple weeks later there is a word on the side of a building ''painted'' in moss...

IWANNAGOFAST 03-21-2012 03:10 PM

I've seen the article on those moss paintings, pretty cool.

I chopped up the moss with some scissors and just sprinkled them all over the substrate. My worries is that it won't stay down once flooded and the moss will just float up into the tank. The moss thats on the rocks is glued on now.

gnod 03-31-2012 10:56 PM


i want this tank now..

IWANNAGOFAST 04-11-2012 04:02 AM

ok, so I attempted to do what YouJettisonMe did and have the mini pelia grow on the substrate directly, but after reading zeldar's journal, although initially successful, the MP eventually started floating away from the substrate, not what I want to do after having grown it out for so long.

I tied it all to stainless steel mesh and placed them all along the top of my mountains instead and the rest is glued to the rocks so they're not going anywhere.

I also added the elatine hydropiper from Raymond, really cool plant. It's yellowing a little because I was out of town for 4 days and was unable to spritz it (plus my spritz bottle broke)

My HC is growing in nicely too

And finally a FTS. I'm moving to SF in May so this tank will remain dry start until then. I don't want to set it all up to only have to tear it down in a few weeks.

daphilster08 04-11-2012 04:46 AM

Looking good! and your a lucky guy with a great gf! Mine bought me a Fluval Ebi! Pretty exciting!

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