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Hayden 09-24-2012 12:20 AM

Hayden's ADA 45-f: The End
Hello all,
I am beginning my new tank: an ADA 45-f. My idea on this build is to take my time. I saved up and bought high quality equipment, and I will take my time carefully assembling and scaping in order to truly appreciate it's beauty. It will sit in my room, so, because I am home-schooled, I can enjoy it all hours of the day:)
My scaping plans are fairly open at this point. I already ordered 10lbs of Seiryu stone from AFA, and I want a fairly "clean" looking scape, but I'll have to wait to see what the stones look like and such before I fill in details.
At this point, I own the Aquarium, stand, and lighting. I have ordered the filter, pipes, tubes, stones, and soil from AFA, and have purchased a GLA co2 system from a fellow TPT'er.

Here are the Specs for my soon to be setup:
Aquarium: ADA 45-f
Stand: Ikea Expedit
Lighting: Custom LED Fixture from RapidLED
Co2: GLA Atomic V2 nano
Dosing: EI (via DIY)
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil
Aquascape: Seiryu Stone
Flora: HC, Riccia Flutians, Eleocharis Parvula
Fauna: 12 Boraras Naevus, 6 Corydoras Habrosus, 2 Amanos

I will try my best in documenting the setup process, fingers crossed I can borrow a DSLR!

Hayden 09-29-2012 02:26 AM

Step One-Conceptualization
With my equipment coming Monday, I have some time to make abstract plans for my coming setup. My inspiration for this setup comes from (among other things) the beautiful Fall weather up here in Minnesota. I really wanna try some nice red stemmed Rotala species (still deciding on which one). I'm definitely using HC for the foreground, and most likely S. Repens for a midground/transition plant. The scape will be composed of Seiryu stones- I have left scaping Ideas essentially open so I can be free to scape when I receive my rocks. My overall themes are similar to those of Amano and others here: Simple, Natural, Clean, and Beautiful.
I took some preliminary photos of the empty tank and a couple other shots of my room.
Some shots of my stereo:)
(I need something other than just an empty tank!)

GMYukonon24s 09-29-2012 03:59 AM

Nice tank and stereo

SaltyNC 09-29-2012 02:06 PM


I'm looking forward to seeing your layout. I like the mat you've chosen for under the tank. That looks nice. As another owner of a bookshelf tank that actually sits on a bookshelf, you're likely to get a little water on and around the bookshelf, so if you have expensive or rare books below the tank, you might want to cover them or move them while doing water changes, trimmings after it has been flooded, etc.

Good luck with your project. I'm subscribed.

Hayden 09-29-2012 03:13 PM

Thanks for the replies. As for rare books, your right. About $500 of rare books and records. Needless to say I was extremly careful doing water changes when I had my previous scape setup. Only one minor accident so far which didn't cause any damage. This time however, since I will be using a canister filter, I will make sure to take extra precaution. Thanks for the warning.

Geniusdudekiran 09-29-2012 03:46 PM

This is going to be excellent.

Hayden 09-29-2012 04:19 PM

Thanks Kiran. Your scape has been one of my greatest inspirations. It's a pleasure to have you commenting on mine! I hope I can acheive the same sense of balance and integration between the scape and the room as you have.

Geniusdudekiran 09-29-2012 04:44 PM

Thanks for the compliment! Using all ADA equipment like you plan will certainly allow for such a seamless integration. What light will you be using?

tetra10 09-29-2012 05:29 PM

are you going to be using ADA super jet filters?

Hayden 09-29-2012 05:42 PM


What light will you be using?
I made an LED fixture, parts supplied from RapidLED. I'll post pictures of it in a moment.


are you going to be using ADA super jet filters?
Nope. An Eheim 2211, just like at the ADA gallery.

Hayden 09-29-2012 06:24 PM

Alright here are some daytime pictures, including the light, and the obligatory stereo pic.:redface:
Detail of the Light
Stereo shot!

Hayden 10-01-2012 11:39 PM

Step Two- Equipment

Alright my equipment I ordered from AFA arrived today! I've got to say, these pipes are absolutely beautiful. I'm very happy with everything, including the Seiryu stones. :)
Scape to come soon!

Green_Flash 10-02-2012 04:37 AM

Looking great! Did the stone come in that white box?

KFryman 10-02-2012 05:32 AM

Will you be raising your outflow pipe for more surface movement?

Looks like it should be a great setup!

Sd760 10-02-2012 05:56 AM

That's awesome. Looks likeso much fun. Beautiful demensions

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