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For my 16th birthday I was lucky enough to receive an ADA 60f and the kit to go along with it. I'll be putting a lot of my savings into this project too.

I've been waiting quite a while to set this up, but I had to get my trial exams out the way before I could get going. Finished those last week so I jumped on the opportunity to get going.

For hardscape, I'm using 11kg of Frodo Stone

Tank:
ADA 60f

Substrate:
ADA Aquasoil Powder Type (3L and 9L bag)
Lava Rock underneath

Lighting:
Twinstar 600e
Inline dimmer

Filtration:
Eheim ecco canister
Glass inflow and outflow

CO2:
Sodastream system
Aquario Neo Diffuser

Ferts (EI dosing):
DIY macros
Easy Life Profito micros

Planting (most likely):
HC cuba
Hydrocotyle Tripartita Japan
Rotala H'ra
Undecided moss (maybe Riccardia)

I will also be using remineralised RODI water, my tap water is so hard that I struggle with some species. I also don't want to have to deal with so much mineral deposit on the waterline, especially since this tank will evaporate fast.

I was very keen to have emersed hardscape with some emersed plant plant growth, possibly mosses growing out on top of the rocks.





This is my first journal and I can't wait


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Sounds awfully similar to what im attempting to do! Except I'm saving up for a 60P. I too am 16 and into aquascaping. If you would like to see my tanks right now theyre over on my Instagram @HyoeBuce. Can't wait to see how this all turns out for you !!


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Congrats on finishing your mocks, looking forwards to seeing where this goes!

Also very jealous that you managed to source an ADA tank in the UK
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Congrats on finishing your mocks, looking forwards to seeing where this goes!

Also very jealous that you managed to source an ADA tank in the UK
Thanks! I ended up having the tank shipped over from Aquasabi in Germany. Otherwise I think Aquarium Gardens and Aqua Depot have a limited selection of ADA goods

Here is the first update!

I spent quite a while scaping the tank and here is the result so far:





That is one deep substrate!

I'm going for a continuous rock layout, so I wouldn't call it an Iwagumi. My main inspiration is The Green Machine's Continuity.

I'm quite pleased with it but I'm totally open to any suggestions. I have 3 stones left over but they are somewhat less similar in colour and texture to the ones in the tank.

I also made a quick timelapse video of the setup, hope you enjoy!


With regards to filtration, I have found a JBL CristalProfi Greenline e901 locally but potentially that will be way too much flow. Otherwise I have my Eheim Ecco Pro 130 but that is most likely not enough flow!

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I've messed around with the scape and have lowered the substrate, I'll probably do some more this week. I'm still happy with how it looks although it is kind of symmetrical.



I also bought a JBL CristalProfi e901 which is overkill but I can reduce the flow Great deal at £40 and it runs very quiet. All of the media is coarse sponge though! New Cal Aqua inflows look great too, they are pricey but worth it since I don't have to use a huge lily pipe in there.




I should be flooding the tank next week but I have a small leak in the RO system which I need to fix. Will be cycling the tank before planting to avoid plant melt

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Nice setup! The rock layout looks really good.

My humble feedback - Only thing I would change is the medium sized rock on the front left. It seems to break the visual flow with its erect wall like structure. You might want to try orienting it differently or try a different rock in its place.

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I had a bit of a mess around on photoshop as a kind of planting plan, still unsure of what to use in the background though!

- Rotala H'ra (as an accent)
- Pogostemon Erectus
- Pogostemon Sellatus
- Hemianthus Micranthemoides
- Something else (any suggestions?)

I think I will likely use the H'ra in the back left or right corner, and it can grow primarily emersed as it is quite shallow there.

Not the best photoshop work but I think it gives some perspective

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I flooded the tank last week, hopefully it should cycle quickly as I have added some mature media. I'll add some purigen once it has cycled



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