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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-03-2019, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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The drilled and sumped 60P

Sumped....is that a word?
Anyway, back to plants after I’ve been gone for about 3 years to the saltwater side. That was fun, but my love for planted tanks never succumbed. I wish I never sold my CO2 setup.

My ADA60P is coming back in a different form.
It’s been drilled, both for an overflow and return lines.
16” Shadow overflow by Reef synergy plumbed BeanAnimal style - full siphon , and 1/2” return lines powered by 2 Eheim return pumps each at 350GPH.

ATO: Tunze Osmator with an optical sensor and float valve .
10 gallon ATO acrylic container by reef synergy.

Sump is a 20g long , will have a filter sock for mechanical filtration. If that clogs too fast I’ll switch to some sponges.

Gotta pick up some bio-media. Suggestions?
I definitely forgot a thing or two since I left.

Aquamaxx reactor with pump to run purigen or carbon as needed.

Now gotta just build a new co2 system and create a killer aqua scape and we’re in business.

Pics to follow.


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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ID:	880119Took my kids to my usual fishing spot to pick up some river rocks for this tank. I might sound cheap but the first time around I spent like 150$ on 3 pieces of “nice” heavy rock at 7$/pound just to hate it in the end.

Anyway, at the river we filled up a bucket with rocks , stopped at oreillys and got a bottle of sulfuric acid, tested each one of them and none fizzed.
Gave them a good cleanup with a brush and after 4 hours this is what I came up with.
Zip ties had to be used in a couple spots but other than that I’m pretty pleased.
I’ll add a few pieces of driftwood probably tomorrow, then the Aquasoil.
ATI bulbs need to be changed out to freshwater bulbs (suggestions?).
Building another CO2 system in the next couple weeks.
That’s about it for now.
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Played a little more with the rocks and started adding some wood.
Then I really disliked it, took everything out and put in only half the rocks with driftwood covering part of the overflow. The plan is to hide that as well as possible and it should look super clean . No lily pipes to clean no hoses in sight.
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I like that curving bit of wood at the bottom that looks like a root hugging the rocks!
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Agreed with above post.
However. The wood up the very top feels forced. There seems to be a lack of flow in itm try less height, I know this will expose the overflow, but I think it may help this scale look more natural.


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I love the gnarly look of your scape. Can't wait to see where this goes.
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Thanks everyone for your insight. I agree with the top piece being a little forced but that is a huge piece and pretty much the back bone that holds everything together.
It was the exact length of my tank at 24” and didn’t wanna cut it at all.
I believe once the moss will grow on top of it out of the water everything will blend in a little better.

There’s no going back now...added Aquasoil and sand and filled her up.

Running some minimal carbon to remove as much tannins as I can. It’ll be a while til the wood won’t leach anymore...

I’m gonna give Aquasoil about 2 weeks to leach all the ammonia that it wants to leach, and introduce plants only after that.
That gives me time to finish up my CO2 system.

Plan is Monte Carlo carpet from the sand edge to the top right under the return nozzle, with A.Reinickii on the slope next to the wood.
Some type of moss will be covering the wood...lots of moss.
Buces or Anubias in the dark places in between wood branches .
Not much plant variety but whatever gets planted will be in abundance.
A school of Cardinal tetras and some ottos will look pretty good hiding and schooling between those branches.


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