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Old 08-17-2014, 09:58 PM   #1
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ADA 60P setup (first tank)


I have had several reef tanks over the years, but never kept a planted tank before. I just moved to Massachusetts and am ready to start my first planted aquarium. I was curious what people think about this setup. The lighting is something I am not sure about, but I would like a fixture that can rest on top of the tank and prefer that it be silver, not black. I will incorporate good suggestions and keep track of the build. Thank you in advance!

Tank: ADA 60P

Filtration: Eheim 2215

Lighting: ARCHAEA Ultra-Gro PG Series 60cm?

CO2: Pressurized with atomic inline diffuser

Flora: Elocharis acicularis, Glossostigma elatinoides, Blyxa japonica

Fauna: Caridina multidentata, undecided on fish

Substrate: Undecided any suggestions?

Hardscape: Seiryu Stone and/or Ryuoh Stone
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:39 AM   #2
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Update, I have just built a stand for my ADA tank. I will take photos of it tomorrow morning once the wood glue dries.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:24 AM   #3
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The Finnex Ray 2 might be a good light for you to consider. I'm currently setting up a 60P and it's the light I chose.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:21 PM   #4
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Here is the stand built. Now it needs to be primed and painted grey. I drilled two holes in the back. One is for the CO2 line and the other is for power cords. I also need to cut a hole between compartments for the solenoid wire.

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Old 08-31-2014, 05:53 PM   #5
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Okay I have finished drilling the holes in the stand and it is now primed and painted grey. I have placed an order for a ADA 60P tank, lights, and rocks. They should be here in a week.

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The Finnex Ray 2 might be a good light for you to consider. I'm currently setting up a 60P and it's the light I chose.

Did you purchase one or two of those fixtures? It seems very thin. Thank you for the suggestion and I hope your setup goes well!
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:33 PM   #6
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I purchased one of them. I think other people have had good success with just one. My plan was that if I felt I needed more light, I would purchase a Finnex Planted+ rather than a second Ray 2.
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:43 AM   #7
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I have been swamped with work and a recent move so it has been awhile since my last update. My ADA tank, mat, rocks, and light came in today. The light is so much brighter than I expected it to be. I will likely order the substrate and plants sometime this weekend.

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Old 09-28-2014, 09:36 PM   #8
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Here are the updates on the hardscape and plant choices.

I have decided to use Glossostigma as my ground cover and accent the hardscape with dwarf hair grass and eventually Blyxa japonica. I have decided to try to grow the plants emersed for a few weeks before filling the tank.


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Old 09-30-2014, 04:56 AM   #9
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Nice Start! Digging the stand!
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Old 10-04-2014, 03:35 PM   #10
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Thanks daworldisblack!

My background is saltwater so I have no experience with planted tanks...it seems like half of the Glosso is growing well and half is kind of dying away (no sign of mold or anything the leaves have turned clear). Is this typical for newly emersed plants? Luckly the glosso that is growing seems to be growing horizontally and not vertically. The hair grass looks the same as when I planted it. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:22 AM   #11
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How's this coming along? I just picked up the Mr. Aqua equivalent of the 60p and am looking at the archaea ultra-gro as a lighting option. I'm curious how it's doing with growing the plants.

I will say that emmersed hair grass, at least for me, has been EXTREMELY slow growing. The clumps I planted months ago have only sprouted a few new shoots, they've pretty much stayed put. The glosso I tried died back and resprouted after a while. It seems most plants tend to spread out more when grown emmersed than they do grown submersed, so I'm not surprised the glosso is spreading out more than growing up.

Hope things are going well!
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Old 11-08-2014, 01:51 AM   #12
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It has been a while since my last post so I decided to take an update photo. The glosso has taken off, but the hair grass has hardly grown at all. I am going to give it another 1-2 weeks then add in the water, get the pressurized C02 system setup, and add the B. japonica.

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Does anyone have a preference for inline vs in-tank CO2 diffusers? I am eventually going to get glass flutes to hide my filter hoses. I am leaning towards the inline diffuser for no other reason than maintaining a clean look.
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Old 11-08-2014, 04:30 AM   #13
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I personally like inline because I don't like extra clutter in the tank. Have you taken a look at the atomic inline co2 diffusers? May be worth looking into
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Old 11-08-2014, 04:54 AM   #14
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God start,but i think you need to spread the stones more apart. Btw I ran a glosso factory co2 diffuser hang on made of glass in my tank,no suction cups needed.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:25 AM   #15
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I think inline diffusers do a better job of getting CO2 into the water column. I've used both inline and in-tank, and the inline seems to get better growth from more finicky plants, IMO. That being said, it takes a bit more effort to get at an inline diffuser in order to clean it.

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