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mythin 08-03-2009 10:04 PM

mythin's ADA 45-P journal
This is my 3rd tank, and ive decided to do an iwagumi style tank with this one.

Equipment list:
ADA 45-P (45cmX27cmX30cm)
Eheim 2215 Canister filter
D-401 reactor (off ebay from taiwan)
10# CO2 tank CO2 Regulator
Petco Plastic check valve
Professional Series Coralife Aqualight 150 watt HQI Pendant
ebay drop checker
CAL aqua nano lily pipes

Plants (so far):
lilaeopsis brasiliensis
Utricularia graminifolia
Unknown hc looking plant

mythin 08-03-2009 10:06 PM

Im looking to flood the tank in a week or two, the LB has been growing for about a month, and the UG has been in there about 2 or 3 weeks, everything has rooted and established itself, its just slow to spread. Lights are on a 10 hour timer, no water yet so no need to run anything else for now.

mythin 08-03-2009 10:24 PM

And heres a macro shot of some LB flowering emmersed

Blue_Alien 08-03-2009 11:07 PM

Looking great!

Reginald2 08-03-2009 11:24 PM

I didn't even know they flowered. Thanks for that. Can't wait for it to be filled.

Craigthor 08-04-2009 12:51 AM

thats a whole lot of light for a 45P.


mythin 08-04-2009 06:34 AM

Indeed, it is a lot of light, but a lot of light is lost since the tank is so small, and i have it hanging about 18 inches high over the tank instead of i think the norm which is 10-12 inches. I also use the excess light to grow an UG farm on both sides of the tank:

and thanks Blue_Alien, and Reginald2, Yeah I didnt either, and i never found any pictures of the flowers online, so I thought I would share. They are VERY tiny, maybe 1-2mm across. pretty cool looking.

RipariumGuy 08-13-2009 12:06 AM

OK, I know this is a really dumb question but what is an Iwagumi aquarium??????????

mizu-chan 08-15-2009 01:49 AM


Originally Posted by JakeJ (Post 891669)
OK, I know this is a really dumb question but what is an Iwagumi aquarium??????????

No question is dumb (:

Iwagumi is based on a Japanese term for collecting rocks or stones. It's literally means rock formation. It typically deals with an arrangement of three rocks; one main and two subordinates. The tank has a very simple yet relaxing look to it.
Of course it really doesn't mean you have to use three rocks. I've seen many tank that have more and still look amazing. Hope this helped (:


The tank looks awesome so far. I'm super jealous of that UG farm you have going on there!

mythin 08-23-2009 07:03 PM

A little update:

I have since flooded the tank for about a week, and the UG has taken its submerged form of much longer flowing leaves to one direction and little bladders for eating things in the water. I had a little bout with rhizoclonium aglae, but for the most part its 95% gone, and all that remains is a little gsa/gda algae on the glass.

The flora so far include, UG, LB, DHG, HC, glosso, downoi, and salvinia minima as floaters.

And also thanks mizu-chan for answering his question, and the comments!

I eventually would like to have a nice grassy field type look with many textures from many differnt types of foreground plants. Its probably gonna be a pain to upkeep though, and im not sure which plants will out compete the other for space or if they will just blend together. I guess ill find out!

mythin 09-04-2009 07:55 PM

Well, I rescaped again. I saw that the rocks were just too small and the LB was getting pretty tall so after a while I knew i would barely be able to see the rocks so I just did another 180 and pulled up all the rocks and the lb, and the glosso lol. I mentioned in my first rescape that im pretty fickle, it takes very little for me to dislike something (im an artist by trade), so i pulled everything up and rescaped it.

The good news is Ive pretty much licked the algae problem for now, and the oto's cleaned all the algae off the glass. The only thing I can see is that in the back left corner of my tank against the glass under the substrate line I can see BGA (cyanobacteria) forming... I dont know what I should do about it, Its only right against the glass and right under the substrate.

This is how the tank currently looks.

Xmas moss(i think)
petco moss(this is off their moss ball, def dont know what kind of moss it is, its not java/xmas/taiwan)
Fissdens Fontanus
Rotala mini type I

10 Low grade CRS (a/b)
3 Oto's

hyphination 09-04-2009 11:22 PM

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The new scape is looking good. Could use a little more DW IMO.

mythin 09-04-2009 11:41 PM

Yeah, I agree I have a box of maybe 15 more pieces I have to look through and then I have to sink them, but I do plan on adding something to the right side. Also its hard to tell from that picture but the substrate slopes up pretty high in the back, its about 2 inches deep in the front and close to 4.5 in the back. But you are right i need some more verticalness on the right.

ZooTycoonMaster 09-05-2009 02:11 AM

Yeah the wood looks really good:)

Although how are you keeping the temperature down for those CRS? Texas can get pretty hot...

mythin 09-05-2009 11:55 PM

indeed it can get hot, It usually hovers at about 82-84 inside my room, im upstairs in a east facing room so it gets pretty hot during the day, my tank gets up to 80 degrees when its hot in my room and about 76 at night. I am in the works of getting a chiller, seems like its necessary.

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