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View Poll Results: What do you think of my rock scapes?
The first one. 10 38.46%
The second one. 1 3.85%
Buy more stones, but keep with the "Twin Peaks" theme. 7 26.92%
Approach it from a whole different perspective. 8 30.77%
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #16
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Should be a cool little setup. That said, enjoy your time in college more. I would hate to have maintained a tank in my first few years.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:22 AM   #17
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That's a bummer about the fish; but they can be a pain to deal with over breaks and transport to/from school. My university dorm rule allowed fish; max one ten gallon tank per roommate. Water changes were a bit of a nightmare in a tiny dorm tho Good luck with your tank and have a great time in school!

As far as your hardscapes; I prefer #1. I like the simplicity without as many little rocks sitting around.
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:40 AM   #18
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Should be a cool little setup. That said, enjoy your time in college more. I would hate to have maintained a tank in my first few years.
Lol, I couldn't bear to be without one!
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:42 AM   #19
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Lol, I couldn't bear to be without one!
I brought my 10G saltwater reef tank up to my dorm room, and i'm in my 3rd week of college... so far it hasn't been too much of a burden. I think you'll be fine.
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:58 AM   #20
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Alright, ladies and gentlemen, things are coming together! Today my parents came with something that felt like a birthday present... my first rimless ADA tank! Have been a huge fan of Amano's work, it's nice to have some of the equipment he stands behind instead of just AquaSoil and few other knick-nacks. That said, unboxing these kinds of items is like Christmas morning. I really understand those seemingly stupid youtube videos. The box weighed 25 lbs, which wasn't bad and I even carried it up the stairs. Getting to the box was easy, a good amount of packaging to protect its precious cargo. Underneath all that packaging was my prize... the coveted Mini M! I carefully cut the straps and removed the cardboard to unleash its glory. Then I promptly put it in its place on my desk and started setting it up. Below is what I have so far. Unfortunately, I lost one of the rocks I was going to use so I'm left trying to find a replacement, oh well. I think I could use some extra AS, and then I'm ready for planting. HC only so far, we'll see as the tank progresses. Also, I got some free stuff (T-shirt, an Aqua Journal, and a 20th Anniversary Pamphlet) because my order came so late.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:49 AM   #21
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Nice. Looking forward to the setup!
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:54 AM   #22
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same here, keep us updated.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #23
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Change of plans and change of scape. I'm thinking about getting a Solar Mini M. The Archaea/Up Aqua light is getting really hot after just an hour of use. Though it is a powerful light in a small space, and the housing is metal. Waiting on more AS, CO2 tube, and HC so that I can start! And I'll have to go to a fish store for some stuff too.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:31 AM   #24
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Got the rest of my aquasoil today, that means it's time to finish scaping! I apologize for the glare, I didn't realize that I had to turn the light on. The first step was of course placing the main stone and supporting rocks.

2. (picture 1) First thin layer of regular Amazonia is placed on bottom. Secondary stone is also placed over a supporting one.

3. (picture 2) Powder soil is added, general shape and sloping is achieved using paintbrush (size 14 flat).

4. (picture 3) Third stone is added in right side, pointing up to utilize its triangular shape. More soil added for better shape.

5. (picture 4) Everything finessed to very close to the final product. I'll sleep on it.

The rocks take up more space in person, but I don't know. I want to get started at this point, so I'll probably leave it. Maybe add top swimmers to fill it up? One-plant tank of HC, at least for now. My two working titles are
"Boulder Protruding from a Meadow"
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"Boulders-Upon-Meadow"

Which do you like better?
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:51 AM   #25
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Boulders-Upon-Meadow sounds better.

I like the scape. Simple and clean.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:08 AM   #26
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any update?
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:31 AM   #27
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I like the big rock and the way that you have it.
Put the big rock on the right. It will look like
the rock is leaning to the center. You need
two more rocks growing smaller than the
big one.

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Old 10-17-2013, 08:19 PM   #28
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Sorry for the lack of updates, college can be busy! At the end of September I received my HC (a lot for a good price) and have been dry-starting it since while I decided on what I wanted my filtration to look like. Notice the difference in growth between the two pictures. I ended up with an Eheim 2211, ADA P-1 outflow (on sale at ADG), and a do! mini inflow. I spent a bit more money but I'm ending up with better products that I think will last longer and be more satisfying. I'm happy with my light, as it's the same wattage as a Solar Mini, but with good enough asthetics and better price. It's going to be powerful. I hope my CO2 system can keep up, it should work well. Tank will be filled Sunday.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:27 PM   #29
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With that much HC, I'd suggest you skip the dsm.
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With that much HC, I'd suggest you skip the dsm.
I only did it because I was deciding on what filtration to use. I'm flooding it on Sunday, anyways. I've started increasing the moisture to help the transition.
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