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Old 03-31-2015, 02:02 AM   #1
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ADA 120p build high-tech


First off I will like to thank Hung from Shrimpkeepers anonymous for all the great service and help with this build.

ADA 120p is my dream tank.. So now that I have one lets do this right by going super high-tech with the build.


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ADA 120p
ADA Style stand
ADA Pollen Glass Beetle 40D
ADA Garden mat
ADA Aqua soil
ADA Substrate additives
ADA Manten stone 63kg
ADA Glass cover

Eheim G160 x2

Hydor Inline 300watt
Coralife Turbo Twist "6X" 18 Watt UV Sterilizer

AutoAqua Smart ATO-Automatic Top Off System

Jebao DP-4 Auto Dosing Pump

Kessil A360WE tuna sun x 2
Kessil Gooseneck and 90 degree adapter

Neptune Systems Apex Controller Package (Lab Grade)
Neptune Systems ORP Probe - Lab Grade
Neptune Magnetic Probe Rack

Aluminum CO2 Cylinder - 5 Pound
Milwaukee CO2 Regulator with Needle Valve & Solenoid (POS may upgrade to GLA)

Söchting Oxydator A


Flora: Eleocharis acicularis 'mini'

Fauna: otto, Amano shrimp and ???

Main Stone is 23kg


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Old 03-31-2015, 02:16 AM   #2
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Nice materials and setup. I would suggest grouping your stones together around the base of the driftwood, and work away from the driftwood for stone placement. I'd also suggest getting a bigger co2 tank, maybe 10 or 20 lbs, and definitely a better regulator.
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:38 AM   #3
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Here is another. Could raise up the middle, I only have minimal substrate in the tank until I make up my mind. Thanks for your input.





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Old 03-31-2015, 03:51 AM   #4
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How do you like the 90* adapter compared to not having it?


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Old 03-31-2015, 03:59 AM   #5
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Another.







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I like that it makes the light a little higher so its not an algae farm.
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:17 AM   #6
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Last for the night.





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Old 03-31-2015, 04:36 AM   #7
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Well you're sparing no expenses so far, so I would agree with exv about the CO2 setup. Spring for the larger tank and nice regulator, you'll be glad you did.

I would say I have the same comment for both the first and second layouts. That would be that they are very centered. The first with the largest piece of wood dead center, and now the rocks and the wood coming out from the center. If that's what you're going with then, fine, but if you're hoping to do a "nature style" aquarium, your main focal point should be positioned 1/3 from either side of the aquarium and not in the center.

I think you should work on flow in the tank. Aside from the centered scape, the individual pieces have somewhat of a disjointed feel to them. Overall though, I do actually like the first scape more than the second and I think with a little tweaking it would look really nice. So if the main wood is moved maybe to the left and you bring that largest rock from the right over next to it, then you can have the wood branches trailing out in the other directions. Just some thoughts to consider...

I do like the left half of the third scape you did. The right half of that one looks unfinished. And the last one you did also looks again disjointed, though a little better. The piece of wood on the far left looks off and is a little distracting. I really do like the idea of the big log of wood being the main focal point. I love the almost menacing look of it.

Hope my comments help!

Really nice start, you've got some quality stuff on your hands. Good luck and welcome to the forum!
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:12 PM   #8
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I like the creepy stump with thin branches scape but agree, put it offcenter. What about treating that heavy stump as the primary rock in iwagumi then setting your biggest rock to complement the stump and go from there?

I've never looked into how to iwagumi, here are a couple links to get you started.
http://www.aquajournal.ro/static/www...roduction.html
http://www.thegreenmachineonline.com...s-introduction
http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...t.php?sid=3118
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:01 AM   #9
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Another.







Same but with more driftwood.

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Old 04-02-2015, 06:39 AM   #10
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This one is growing on me.





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Old 04-02-2015, 03:00 PM   #11
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I really enjoy the centered feel. The twigs and branches provide a balance to and in the end it seems more natural to me at least. Perhaps the rock arrangement could change with it to add height in other areas.

Another thing to consider is the layout of the room it's in. We tend to focus on the tank and 1/3rds rule too much. You generally want the most open space towards the open part of the room or the side your on the most often. Mine the hard scape is positioned away from my sitting area.

Cool tank, can't wait to see it come together.
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:21 PM   #12
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I think you have the right idea but just lack enough rock. Also use the substrate as a scaping element.
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:30 PM   #13
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Old 05-10-2015, 05:04 AM   #14
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Sorry everyone been super busy as of late and have not had the chance to update or work on the 120p. During my honeymoon we where lucky enough to visit Japan and got the chance to see some of Takashi Amano tanks in person. During my adventures with my new tank I have been fighting with the layout and my wife asked me why don't you make it look like the aquariums we saw in Japan.. So 43kg of Manten stone later here we go with a Iwagumi. Give me some ideas with the placement I'm no Takashi Amano. Also updated the gear as I have purchased the rest of everything I needed.

The wifey at Tokyo Skytree aquarium



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Old 05-10-2015, 06:22 AM   #15
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You need more height in the back for that type of layout. Well... not really, but it would look much more.... I can't think of the word here. Ops. Seriously though, like 6 more inchs. Keep the biggest stones out of the middle too.
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