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Old 11-27-2006, 03:54 AM   #1
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ADA 60cm Volcaniscape


This is my first tank that I would consider anything near an actual "aquascape", it is also my first time using ADA fertilizers. Up until now, I have just been learning how to grow plants. Now, I am going to pay a lot more atention to planning, trimming and making a good layout. I was looking through all of the branchy Manzanita on my parents' property near Mount Shasta in Northern California when I found this piece. It looks volcanic to me, which is fitting since there are a lot of volcanoes in that area.

I set the tank up yesterday, and these pictures were taken today.



Equipment:

ADA Cube Garden 60-P
Black ADA Style Stand from Aqua Forest

Aqua Medic Ocean Light (10,000k) 70W HQI Metal Halide Pendant (7 hours/day)

ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia Normal (~8 liters)
ADA Power Sand Special-S (2 liters)

Eheim 2213 Canister Filter
ADA Lily Pipe Inflow V-3
ADA Lily Pipe Outflow P-2
Hydor ETH 200 In-Line Heater 200W (upside down, on the intake)

5lb. CO2 Tank
JBJ Regulator (on timer with light)
ADA Pollen Glass Diffuser

ADA Brighty-K (3ml per day)

Here is the Power Sand Special (AKA "kitty litter" shot):



Hardscape:



Under the hood:



The whole setup:



Foreground is Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC), background stems from L to R: Elatine orientalis, Didiplis diandra, Rotala sp. 'Colorata', Ludwigia arcuata, Rotala sp. 'Colorata' again, Rotala rotundifolia 'Green', and Elatine orientalis again:



I planted the HC in groups of three stems:



Closeup of the cleanup crew:

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Old 11-27-2006, 04:01 AM   #2
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CRAIG- NICE SET UP MAN!

thats some good planting with the HC! its really going to pay off- i'll spread faster and you will get a lawn going.

Can you give me details on the light?
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Old 11-27-2006, 04:42 AM   #3
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I really like it.
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where did you put the ADA Power Sand? at the bottom?
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:46 AM   #5
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CRAIG- NICE SET UP MAN!

thats some good planting with the HC! its really going to pay off- i'll spread faster and you will get a lawn going.

Can you give me details on the light?
Thanks Marc!

Yeah, I stayed up really late last Monday night planting the tank... then I realized that it was way too sloppy so I pulled out every single stem last night and replanted them. I spent at least a couple hours on the HC alone, but I think it willl be worth it.

As far as the light... I think that 70 watt HQI metal halides are so perfect for planted tanks. I don't think that they have been used on them much yet, but I was into reefs before and they are used a lot on nano reefs. The only thing that I don't like about them is that there isn't a real 8,000k bulb yet. I can't believe ADA hasn't caught onto 70 watt bulbs yet. This year they actually went with a higher wattage, 250W, rather than lower to 70W. The bulb I am using is this one (the "8KK"). It is very cheap and has worked well for over two months, but I would say that it's closer to 10,000k, rather than the 8,000k that is advertised or the 8,000k of the ADA lamps that looks perfect to me. The pendant is this one. I like the pendant itself (although it's pretty expensive), and the ballast is built well, but it is magnetic. That means that it's not as efficient as an electric ballast and due to it's fan, makes noise. Overall, it works well. I really like metal halides, the shimmering effect that they add really makes a difference to me. I have found a really cheap way to make a 70W MH pendant with an electronic ballast for about $70, I will be posting about it soon.
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:52 AM   #6
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where did you put the ADA Power Sand? at the bottom?
Yes, the Power Sand is on the bottom, this pic shows just the PS before I put the AS on top of it.
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:55 AM   #7
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I really like it.
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Nice start Craig, I have the same setup almost, I built my cabinet, looks just like that.
I hope you added some mulm or good bacteria of sorts to the tank & filter.....
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I like how the aquasoil slopes from left to right. It really give this small tank some depth. What brand of lights do you have?
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I like how the aquasoil slopes from left to right. It really give this small tank some depth. What brand of lights do you have?
Thanks, the light is a 70 watt metal halide pendant with a 10,000k bulb, it is an Aqua Medic "Ocean Light".
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very nice set up!
don't forget to update with photos.
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Alright!

This is looking good, Craig!

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Thanks everyone.

The pictures look a lot brighter on my home computer. I'm looking at them at work right now and they are really dark. I need to learn a LOT more about photography, and a new camera...
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[QUOTE=co2;336736]
Here is the Power Sand Special (AKA "kitty litter" shot):



Umm, yeah. It actually looks like the kitty has used the litter too. Little extra ferilizer, eh?

That said, it looks nice. I think it will very good when it all grows in. It's a nice simple composition with good use of optical center. I like that it will still have open space when it does grow in.
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Old 11-28-2006, 04:25 PM   #15
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Thanks everyone.

The pictures look a lot brighter on my home computer. I'm looking at them at work right now and they are really dark. I need to learn a LOT more about photography, and a new camera...
The pics look great on my home computer with a Dell Ultrasharp 20" LCD. There is such a variance in LCD brightness, it will look different from monitor to monitor. We calibrate our CRTs at work with a Spyder2 program to industry standards, but everyone has different setups so you never know. I can have a pic that looks great on a pro LaCie which has been calibrated to photolab standards, and the same picture will look too bright on a 19" Ultrasharp in the same office.

Anyhow, terrific start! I dig the manzanita.
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