I don't have a name for this. "Too #%$ Many Rocks" comes to mind. Probably in a few weeks I'll be able to call it "Too #%$ Many Rocks Algae Farm"
The Short Story
Aquarium: ADA 60p
Substrate: ADA Amazonia
CO2: Compressed with GLA regulator
Light: Current USA Satellite Plus Pro- Learning how to run this thing. On/Off is all I have figured out so far.
Filter: Eheim Pro4 (yes, I know it is overkill)
Plants: Monte Carlo, Cryptocoryne parva, Cyperus helferi, Ludwigia arcuata This is not exactly what I had in mind, but when I went to buy, what I had in mind was sold out. So going with this for now. Looking forward to Rachel O getting in the Aquanova plants soon.
Fertilizer: Will just supplement the Aquasoil with some trace and K at first and slowly move to EI as the Aquasoil gives out
First new set up in a long long time. First ever with Aquasoil. Havenít done a small tank in a decade. This is going to be a bit of a learning curve
The Long Story
I guess this is a bit of a re-introduction. Many years ago I was big into this. You can see me in this pic from 2005 in front of the famous tank in Amanoís house in Niigata, Japan. Iíve always loved to grow the plants, and never tried seriously at aquascping. So this is my effort to change that.
I actually bought this tank, stand, and the Aquasoil about 11 years ago. I drove to Texas from Virginia to pick it up. It was soon after that that the death of a parent, a new town, and a new love for growing orchids put me on a path in life I never expected. This tank has never had water in it. It is now in its 5th house. Iím not even sure it hasnít dry rotted and will hold water. In light of Mr Amanoís recent death, the unpacking was a bit of a moment for me. (It was my plan to put water in the tank to test it, but I got excited and well.... itís too late for that now.)
Goal 1: Use this to lean to be a better aquascaper on. I hope to change up the plants every so often and the rocks. There are too many rocks here. The challenge will be to have a successful Iwagumi style with only 3-5 rocks. I really want to try a sand only foreground. Never done that.
Goal 2: Just to enjoy the beauty of a planted tank that is pearling like crazy.
Anyway, the plants should be in the mail on their way. I hope to update with that before Thanksgiving. I havenít tested water and figured out dosing in a long time. Kind of excited. Kind of dread it.
I didn't want to risk scratching the glass of the good aquarium as I worked with the rocks, so I bought a 20H and practiced on it. I had the tank and rocks awhile, but never had time to work on it. Then hurricane Matthew came through, and there wasn't much else to do that day. So I worked on it then.
I made 3 different layouts before I settled on this one. I took several pictures so I could seamlessly move it over to the 60p. That didn't go as easily as I planned. The 60p is only slightly smaller, but the rocks just didn't seem to want to go back the way they had been in the 20H.
ADA stands are amazing
And here is the finished product waiting on water and plants. Might take awhile to take this on. The holidays are not the best time to start a new project.