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iscerus 10-03-2012 09:59 PM

Elysium (56k) - Updated 10/16
So begins this tale of an inexperienced aquascaper. The journey long since started (6 months until all plants arrived), I turn us to the horizon. A whole world awaits.

Latest full tank image updated 10/5

Latest Update updated 10/16
Algae phase, cleanup crew added


Current Equipment
updated 10/16
Tank: ADA 60-P
Lighting: Archaea T5 with light stand
Stand: DIY basic stand
CO2: Pressurized, Archaea solenoid, ADA bubble counter, ADA check valve, Archaea diffuser
Filter: Eheim 2213 (cycled for 3 months), Doaqua! Violet Glass In/Out pipes
Sensor: Seneye

Fertilizers (proposed, not starting for 6 months, 10/3)
macro (3 times a week)
3/16 tsp KNO3
1/16 tsp KH2PO4
1/2 tsp MgSO4
micro (2 times a week)
1/16 tsp CSM+B

CO2 Distribution
2 bubbles per second

ADA New Amazonia Aquasoil Normal & Powder, Penac P, Penac W, Tourmaline BC, Power Sand S, Bacter 100, Clear Super

4 Manten stones

Current Fauna updated 10/16
2 Otocinclus sp.
3 Crossocheilus oblongus
2 Caridina cf. cantonensis

Current Flora updated 10/3
Bucephalandra. sp. Miranda
Bucephalandra. sp. Marie
Bucephalandra. sp. Juliet
Bucephalandra. sp. Brownie Purple
Bucephalandra. sp. Metallica
Bucephalandra. sp. Narcissus 3
Bucephalandra. sp. Silver Powder
Bucephalandra. sp. Theia 2
Bucephalandra. sp. Narcissus 2
Bucephalandra. sp. Narcissus 1
Bucephalandra. sp. Biblis
Bucephalandra. sp. Red Stem
Bucephalandra. sp. Cypris
Bucephalandra. sp. Solid Blue
Bucephalandra. sp. Tricolor
Bucephalandra. sp. V3
Bucephalandra. sp. Swamp
Bucephalandra. sp. Brownie Blue
Bucephalandra. sp. Theia 9
Bucephalandra. sp. Sanggau
Bucephalandra. sp. Super Blue
Bucephalandra. sp. Sanggau 3
Bucephalandra. sp. Blue Gaia
Bucephalandra. sp. Red Gaia
Bucephalandra. sp. Chimaera
Bucephalandra. sp. Gigant Wavy Leaf

Future updated 10/16
ADA AQUASKY 601 (on order)
Sundadanio axelrodi (Neon Turquoise Rasbora)
Bucephalandra. sp. Brownie Ghost (holding tank)
Bucephalandra. sp. Sekadau (holding tank)
Bucephalandra. sp. Velvet 4 (holding tank)
Bucephalandra. sp. Bisai (holding tank)

Journal Quicks updated 10/5
10/3: Started Journal need help with ID of very tiny Buchephalandra/plant?
10/4: Started soaking chip for Seneye, installing software, daily water change, ADA shipment!
10/5: First 3D image added (sorry for the glare/quick shot)
10/16: Algae crew added

Schedule updated 10/4
Sun: Drain tank 30%, refill with RO

iscerus 10-03-2012 10:01 PM

This is my first planted tank. My order of Bucephalandra came in with this really small hitchhiker. The plant is tiny...really tiny; smaller than Bisai. From the shape of the leaves, rhizome and the shine I'd guess it's a Bucephalandra; but it's a lot smaller than any of the other buces in the tank. I think I have 2 of them, but the 2nd one I can't tell if it's the same plant as that one only has 2 leaves and is the size of my pinky's fingernail. I'll probably be taking that over to Manini, and have him raise it just for safe measure.

A couple beginner mistakes were made as I was setting up the tank. My cycled filter had the standard Eheim inflow/outflow and when I replaced it with the lilies...well my entire back right quadrant of the tank was undone and I had to replant quite a bit. I've since switched the outflow to the front of the tank where the smaller plants are so the current doesn't mess it up. That's also why you see a lot of taller plants on the far right as they're anchoring some in the center that don't have roots.

Also, while I was filling up the water, some air under the large stone escaped and it started falling. I caught it in time, but that's why it's more central instead of slightly more left oriented. I'm glad none of the plants were crushed.

Otherwise, enjoy the picture of the tank, so far, in the first post. I can't promise any update schedule or any at all. I'd wait awhile before even keeping track of my little journal.

meowschwitz 10-03-2012 10:10 PM

I must ask. How much did all those buces cost, and where did you get them?

iscerus 10-03-2012 10:14 PM

Quite a bit, there's nearly 150 of them in the tank. They come from a farm in Japan.

sublime 10-04-2012 10:20 AM

Nice tank!

Did you label all the Bucephalandra in the tank? I would think it would be difficult to keep all the ID's straight with so much in the same tank.

Looking forward to updates and close ups of all those Bucephalandra.

iscerus 10-04-2012 05:07 PM

Thank you :)

I purposely chose Bucephalandras with different characteristics (leaf size, shape, color, etc) so I can keep track of them. The ones I will probably have the hardest time on, until they bloom, are Juliet, Miranda and Marie as those are yellow/yellow-orange flowered Bucephalandras. I believe Juliet and Marie might still be hard to differentiate between.

iscerus 10-05-2012 01:20 AM

Okay, completed my daily water change. I've also started soaking my Seneye chip according to the directions; and playing around with the software. Overall I'm impressed with the interface, build and float (for LUX readings) so far...we'll see how it holds up under scrutiny.

Edit: Order of lights came in at Aquascapes! My big order of beautiful lights. Pics forthcoming. Now to go pick it up.

Green_Flash 10-05-2012 02:33 AM

Following. :D

iscerus 10-05-2012 03:29 AM

Picked up my order. Most of it came in and there were a few extra goodies waiting! Aquascapes has ADA 20th anniversary+special edition tool catalogs and 20th anniversary bags.

Without futher ado...

20th Anniversary Bag

The Box

Opening The Box (Catalogs+AQUASKY)





Acrylic Fixture

Wires & Misc

Green_Flash 10-05-2012 03:53 AM


I have a couple questions, you bought 6 AQUASKY lights? I was wondering what are you going to use them for? You said they are the 36cm model correct? I thought those are for the Mini M.

The 60P is 60cm and they made a new larger AQUASKY for it called the 602.

Unless you are going to run them front to back, but in that case it still wouldn't work as the 60p is 30cm wide not 36cm. Also those you pictured are for 5mm thick glass, the 60p is 6mm thick.

iscerus 10-05-2012 03:55 AM

I have a 602 (actually 2) coming in for the 60p (I have 2). The 36cm AQUASKY are indeed for 6 Mini Ms (2 on order) that I have to start getting planted/stocked. So, lots to come!

Green_Flash 10-05-2012 03:59 AM


That is going to be a site to see! Are these all in one dedicated room?
Pics are a must! :flick:

iscerus 10-05-2012 04:14 AM

Yes, these are in the same room as the stand is built to hold 8 Mini Ms and 2 60-Ps. I also just received my 20lb aluminum tank which will power the other 60-p and some of the Mini Ms. Elysium will have it's own dedicated 5lb tank of CO2.

iscerus 10-05-2012 11:58 AM

Posted this in the cell phone photography thread, but I thought people might get a kick out of a 3D side by side shot. Unfocus your eyes and let the images merge. This, as most of the current images in the thread, were taken by my EVO 3D. A couple are/will be taken with the Fujifilm JX580.

Video (if anyone cares)

iscerus 10-06-2012 01:40 AM

Gigant spathe, as requested by Manini

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