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ADA 45F: Crypt forest... or something like that.

Tank: ADA 45F
Lighting: Archaea 36 watt PC
Filtration: ZooMed 501
Heater: Hydor 50 watt
Substrate: 3 liters of Aquasoil Africana
Flora: Crypt parva and lutea, java moss
Fauna: 2x Epiplatys annulatus (clown killies)

This is my first ADA tank. All of the equipment was stuff laying around from previous set ups. So only the tank and africana are new. I'm hoping to keep this a low tech tank, but I'm unsure if I'll be able to accomplish that with the 36 watt Archaea. Hopefully adding some floating plants and dosing excel will keep algae at bay.

I need to track down some more crypt parva, and maybe add a few small stones. And yes, I know I need to shorted the filter tubing. It was previously used on a 5.5 gallon.

Anyone have suggestions for fish?
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that will look great once filled in. keep us posted.


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Man I love ADA tanks. I dont know why they are always super clear. They must use the best glass on earth lol. I guess I should say they use the best sand actually.

That tank looks really good. As for fish Ive always been a big fan of neon tetras or cardinals. Although to be honest I cant think of a particular fish that would go well against a redish substrate. Not to say theyre not any, I just cant think of one right now lol.
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Does AS Africana not leach ammonia, or does it take more than a day? I know Amazonia is known to leach a fair amount of ammonia. So far my API test hasn't detected any. Maybe having a well established filter helps.

Do people think I can keep a sparkling gourami or two in here. I know gourami can be aggressive toward conspecifics, and this isn't a big tank.
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For a fish suggestion I would go with a dark colored fish to contrast with the AS.

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Yeah, a dark colored fish would look good. Maybe I should just get a betta.
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Noooo!!! I wound go for some cool looking cory cats, maybe gold stripes, and some flame tetras. Bettas are so out done

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Well, a small amount of ammonia showed up two days after setting up the tank. Then no ammonia was detected when I tested two days later. Today I did another test and ammonia is still at zero, along with nitrite, but there is about 10ppm nitrate. So I guess I can add fish. I'm still unsure of what I'll put in there, but a trip to the lfs tomorrow should help.

Here's some photos from this evening. The crypts are doing the usual melting, and I added some frogbit, pennywort and needle leaf java fern from my other tanks. I'm hoping the pennywort and java will grow emersed, but it doesn't seem to be humid enough.

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Very clean looking tank. I've got to say that's some large growth for the pennywort but I like it. Looks a bit like large lily pads. The contrast from the africana and plants really is unique as well.

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Man I love ADA tanks. I dont know why they are always super clear. They must use the best glass on earth lol. I guess I should say they use the best sand actually.

That tank looks really good. As for fish Ive always been a big fan of neon tetras or cardinals. Although to be honest I cant think of a particular fish that would go well against a redish substrate. Not to say theyre not any, I just cant think of one right now lol.
Its the glass they use that's why it looks so clear.


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i would get some asian fish to stick with the asia plants you got. look into some dwarf rasboras or a pair of mouth brooding bettas!


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clown killies

Went to the lfs today in search of small schooling fish. They only had ember tetra which were nice, but I thought their colors would be washed out in this tank. So I decided to take a chance and get the last two clown killies. I added more frogbit hoping it will lessen the chance of them jumping out.

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Well the clown killies didn't pan out. They were fine for about a week before vanishing into thin air. Didn't find any remains in the tank or any killi chips on the floor. So I got five CPDs instead. Those fish are extremely shy, and they spent nearly the entire day hiding behind/under the driftwood. I figured they'd eventually acclimate to the tank and come out, but that never happened.

Today I added seven brass tetra. Those guys are happily swimming around, and have drawn the CPDs out of hiding. The two surviving CPDs anyway. I guess the other three died from stress or starvation or a combination of the two. I never saw them eat any of the food I offered.

Since I don't dose any ferts aside from excel several times a week, the frogbit and pennywort aren't doing so well. The crypts are happy, but are growing at an extremely slow pace. So I ordered a bunch of crypt parva to fill in the front of the tank. Otherwise it'd take a decade for the parva to carpet the rest of the substrate I think.

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Sorry about the killies and the CPDs mate, Have you thought about any apistogrammas? I think a pair of A. Trifasciata would look gorgeous in that tank of yours!
Good luck with the continuing of your tank, it looks great,
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Any updates on this tank?
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