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135galADGclient tank w/ADAsubstrate

This is a client's 135 gallon. I wanted to go for a lower maintenance aquascape with some real highlight/shadow contrasts, but overall, a slightly darker, more subdued theme with minimal species.
The tank is now well over a year old and has been reworked a couple of times, mostly in the midground. There was stemmed plants at one time that simply were not working (though this previous version of this tank is my book and on the ADG website). When a large quantity of high quality Anubias coffeeafolia became available, I knew it would be a much better match in this layout.
So here is a tank at well over a year with full ADA substrate system, primarily root feeders (Cyperus and crypts) that is still going strong (stronger than ever in fact). Water column dosing is minimal-- SeaChem Flourish, Iron, and Potassium once per week after changes (Seachem used because I only see this tank once a week and ADA liquid ferts on a tank this size are not all that economical for this particular client). .


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Looks very nice!
It makes me think I am standing at the end of a stream that is coming out of a rainforest.

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Very stylistic and magnificent looking tank, Jeff !
What about the fishes – is it only Amazon’s biotope or may be I see a few of my lovely Rainbows…!?
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It's very beautiful and serene. You do excellent work.

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Thank you very much everyone. Serene is almost always a goal, thanks quilting chick.

There's a few Praecox Rainbows, but mostly just a school of Rummy nose.
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Jeff - that is just beautiful! You wouldn't have a higher resolution pic would you? It would be great to see that even closer.

Your client must be thrilled.

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Steve, thank you so much. I do have a general close up of the left section:

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Yea! That's it. Thanks Jeff.

A distant view is nice for observing overall composition. But IMO the real beauty of a great planted tank is in the details - the stuff you can see up close.

Thanks that's a great shot. And I notice the rummey's noses are all nice and red. So I guess that means they're pretty happy with the tank too!

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Thanks Steve! They should be happy, they have been in there over a year Rummy nose are easily my all-time favorite "common" tetra. Is there a layout that they wouldn't look good in?
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those plants look so healthy and spotless its almost surreal... kind of like the pictures they put on the aquarium displays to attract newcommers (like on an eclipse box).

the coffeolia looks amazing. we have some of it at the store, maybe i should give it a try.

all in all great work.
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Very you Jeff-- very nice use of crypts, anubias etc.
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Very nice looking tank.Nice use of colours.
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Awesome tank as usual Jeff. Quick question: When you say you used Flourish as ferts, do you mean just the trace or the macro N and P as well?
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Awesome tank as usual Jeff. Quick question: When you say you used Flourish as ferts, do you mean just the trace or the macro N and P as well?
Thanks again all.
Petrus-- I have never added one drop of N or P to this tank. So by Flourish I mean just plain Flourish micros.
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Thanks Jeff. I find that really interesting. It seems like your fish load is very light, and also after a year, I would assume that all the macros in the aquasoil/powersand would be used up. Any idea what's supplying the necessary macronutrients to the plants?
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