Hello, and welcome to my new journal.
Three years ago I started my first planted tank
. Since then, I feel that I have obtained good plant-growing skills. But, my ambitions have changed, and, once again, I am plunging into unfamiliar waters – the style of ADA.
This journal will very much be a learning experience. I will share the bad as well as the good.
First and foremost there are people that need to be recognized, as I would not have been able to achieve what I have without their help.
Greg Stahl – Greg spent an entire weekend – possibly one of the most beautiful, Wisconsin, spring weekends on record – building my aquarium stand. The stand is as sturdy as it is good-lookin’.
Tracy Owen Drier – Tracy has a seemingly limitless ability to craft glass. Tracy made the lily pipes for this new setup. He employed the style of ADA, while making numerous improvements on the strength and design.
Steve Colley (scolley) – Without Steve’s consultation, my aquascaping abilities would not have evolved. He continuously forced me to consider options that my brain seemed unable to conjure on its own. Knowing Steve, he probably doesn’t think he belongs in the list of acknowledgements - he does.
John Glaeser and the Madison Aquarium Gardeners Club – The continuous interaction and communication offered by John and the club has been monumental to my development. With each monthly meeting, the cumulative “brain” of the club clears away more and more of the fog surrounding this hobby.
Jeff Senske, Aquarium Design Group – Jeff patiently answered all of my questions; whether by email or phone. He also kept me continuously apprised of my order status, and when customs decided to delay things, he let me know ASAP. Despite some shipping delays (none of which were in Jeff’s hands), all went well. I received exactly what I needed to achieve the tank I wanted.
Jon Rupprecht (rupey) - Jon always seems to be one step ahead of me when it comes to getting his hands on new species of plants and shrimp. Yet, he is always willing to trade me his rare species for my mundane ones. The majority of the plants in my new tank came from his generosity – including a whopper cache of bolbitis.
My wife, Jill – While her enthusiasm for planted aquaria isn’t as thick as mine, her enthusiasm for my enthusiasm is. During my destruction of her living room, she has been patient (with the exception of a few “looks” thrown my way when the siphon hose came out of the bucket). She never once questioned whether there was a cheaper alternative to the equipment I wanted – understanding that everyone has their “thing”.
Cube Garden - 90x45cm
Solar I Light – 150w, 8800K
Bright Sand – 15kg
Powersand Special M
Aquasoil Amazonia – 3, 9kg