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Nivekid's ADA 60-F "Old Sentinels"

Its been a long time since I've had a new aquarium, but I just got this for my birthday. The tank is an ADA 60-F, around 9 gallons. Here's what I have on the hardscape so far. Let me know what you think. I really want to get this right from the start. Sorry about the pics, that background is just white paper on threw on there quickly. So ignore the odd shadows and everything, they'll be gone once I find a more permanent white background.

Tank: ADA 60-F
Filter: Aquaclear 20
Lighting: 13 W from Ikea

Hardscape: ADA Forest Sand Xingu, ADA Aquasoil Amazonia II, Locally collected rock, manzanita driftwood.

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Hardscape Close Up:


Photoshopped Showing Possible Planting:


There isn't a ton of light so I plan on keeping the plants low maintenance. I'm thinking mostly mosses with a few Anubias 'petite' tucked in some of the crevices. In the top of the main island is a plastic pot holding the aquasoil. It will be planted with partially emmersed DHG. Also, I was thinking a few Bolbitis growing partially emmersed would look good too. Any other ideas would be appreciated.
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It looks awsome! May I suggest adding a carpet plant of somesort to fill in the "gaps?"

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You made a good choice with the amazonia ll. my dhg loves it! lt also loves flourite red. They both have a high cec (Captation Exchange Capacity) which basically means the substrate will hold nutrients and make them available for the plant roots.

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Thanks for the input. No critique for the 'scape? I would plan on some sort of carpet plant JakeJ but I'm afraid my 13 watts won't allow me to have much carpet. Especially with the light having to be so far away. I'm not planning on having CO2 either. I don't know of much that would grow in those conditions.
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l really like the length on this tank, really makes your options available and more room to plant/hardscape. any updates?

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Hey man, I just showed my friend your tank and we both agree that it's gorgeous. We love the branches sticking out the top. Powerful. It's really attractive.

I'm brand new to fishkeeping entirely, so I don't have any input on stuff like plants. Anubias Petite sure are cute, though.
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well those are just inspirations, my tank hasn't even been order but it will be tommorow. lf you have any questions just feel free to give me a private message i'll be more than happy to help you out man. l've been there and know how it feels. Just experiment and go from there. good luck!

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Finally An Update

After a long time up and running here are a few pics that I snapped just before my lights turned off. I lot has changes since the last pictures. I added a lot of mini pellia, a few petites, and some fissidens. I also have some emmersed bacopa coming out of the top.

Here's a quick full tank shot. This is what the tank looks like from day to day. I really need to take the time to take some more professional shots.


Here's how the tank looks on my nightstand, filter and all.


Side shot of main island.


Small island.


Livestock at the moment includes 8 celestials & 20+ snowball shrimp. I plan to add 10 crystal reds in the next week or two.

Let me know what you think. I'll take some beauty shots of the tank soon with better lighting, a background and the whole deal. For now here's a peek.

My ADA 60-F 'Old Sentinels'

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Cool setup!

Can't wait to see it fill in a bit..
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wow your tank is gorgeous
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This is absolutely stunning! Everything about it is SO perfect. I don't think i'd change anything if i were you.
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Very nice start indeed!


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Are you still using the same light? It looks like everything is growing really well and the substrate looks nice and algae free. You've done a really good job with this scape.


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Two big thumbs up!

I saw that light at Ikea a while ago... Man I wish I had gotten it!

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Thanks for the kind words all. Yes this is the same light that I started with (13 W from Ikea). I don't get any algae with this low of light and I'm sure the snowballs eat any that does make it in. I'm hoping things will fill in nicely in the next couple of months. This is a slow motion aquarium though. Very slow. But literally the only maintenance I have done since setting it up is filling with top off water every few days and I've trimmed twice. That's really it. As close to no maintenance aquarium as it gets.

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