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Old 01-16-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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ADA 180P Dream Tank Build


Hello All,

For years, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy the aquarium hobby from multiple platforms. Nevertheless, I don’t doubt that my path to the present day has been similar to many aquarists. I began my childhood with your basic setups, stocked with different, interesting freshwater fish, and in 2007 tried my hand at saltwater tanks, graduated to larger setups with more intricate SPS displays, and finally found myself looking for the chance to enjoy my home aquarium without the intensity of managing the balance between eight different water parameters. So here I am, ready to create what I hope to be something as enjoyable as it is inspiring.

One thing constant between each experience has been my reliance on forums like this for advice and inspiration. They have made all the difference, and exploring each hobbyist’s personal experience through this 15-inch, keyboard-equipped “window” has become half of the joy of the hobby for me. Hence, I have decided to create a thread here at The Planted Tank to share my freshwater adventure with all of you, in hopes of providing the same troubleshooting tips, inspiration and forum for discussion that has been invaluable to me over the years.

As a precursor to this thread, I thought I’d share some general thoughts with you about how I have realized success in the past. My three-part philosophy is simple: (1) Copying someone else’s formula for success is nothing to be ashamed of; learn from their mistakes, avoid making the same ones, and use their achievements as a springboard to further advance the cause. (2) Stability is everything; it also affords us the opportunity to learn what effect small changes have on the overall health and performance of our closed-loop ecosystems. (3) Simplicity is just as rewarding as complexity: it’s fun to have the guts of a nuclear submarine behind those wooden doors, but simplicity will ultimately bring you peace of mind knowing that your aquarium inhabitants are self-sustainable and doing the bulk of the work that you would otherwise get a machine to do. Not to mention… you’ll save a fortune in time and money.

From here on out, I’ll attempt to post updates fairly regularly and share my opinion on the products I have chosen to use and the health/growth of the inhabitants of the tank (plant and animal). I welcome everyone’s comments, criticisms and advice, as I am always learning and know that for everything I know, there is always someone who knows ten times more.


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Old 01-16-2014, 10:47 PM   #2
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Awesome tank size, look forward to your journal.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:17 AM   #3
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I like your philosophy! Can't wait to see the progress on the 180p.
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:10 AM   #4
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First delivery has arrived!

Well, it arrived a few days ago, but the excitement still hasn't worn off. I’ve decided to go with an all-ADA setup, namely because I am a big fan of their aesthetics and whatever they are doing seems to be working. I’m using ADA product almost exclusively, except for the stand which I am having built custom to capture my idea for something a little more interesting than your typical cabinet-style stand.

What came with today's shipment (see pics attached):

ADA 180P (180cm x 60cm x 60cm)
ADA Super Jet Filter ES-2400
Approx. 100kg of Manten Stone
CO2 Tower w/ 2lb canister
Lily Pipes
Various other glass parts and accessories - to be detailed in future post

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Definitely following, looks . I'm exited!
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You will certainly want a larger CO2 gas tank.
Well, you'll soon realize it.
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Hey, same city as you.

I didn't know the ADA Co2 tower was compatible with the North American standard. Did you find a place that is willing to refill that tank?
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I didn't know the ADA Co2 tower was compatible with the North American standard. Did you find a place that is willing to refill that tank?
My first thought. And I agree with Tom, 2lbs is going to be very small on that sized tank, almost like a disposable setup on a nano. However, I look forward to this thread. Maybe the 3rd one ever posted on the board.
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You will certainly want a larger CO2 gas tank.
Well, you'll soon realize it.
I think you're right. I have an extra 10lb CO2 cylinder previously used for a calcium reactor that I may hook up instead. The nearest place to fill up is about 40 mins away, so the more volume the better. Now to figure out how to make it look semi-decent...
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Hey, same city as you.

I didn't know the ADA Co2 tower was compatible with the North American standard. Did you find a place that is willing to refill that tank?
Another good call. I just realized that the CO2 canister sent in with the tower doesn't have a D.O.T. identification number. Without it, the Japanese canister can't be refilled in Canada. I'll need to find a replacement for it, which shouldn't be a big deal.
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Another good call. I just realized that the CO2 canister sent in with the tower doesn't have a D.O.T. identification number. Without it, the Japanese canister can't be refilled in Canada. I'll need to find a replacement for it, which shouldn't be a big deal.
If you're worried about aesthetics, you can clean, polish, flash chrome the new cylinder.
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If you're worried about aesthetics, you can clean, polish, flash chrome the new cylinder.
I put in in an SS garbage can. Not even joking here, it's really the same idea to me.
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