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ADA 60-P, the beginning...

I've been thinking/working on this now for over 2 months. I've gone through tons of different stone settings, trying to find what plants I want, etc.

The stand is done, the hard-scape is done, and the plants will be here on Friday. I just wanted to share some pics before I get it planted.

The plants will be; Echinodorus angustifolius, Echinodorus tenellus, and Rotala wallichii for accent plants; Eleocharis parvula and Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba' for the "main" ground cover plants. I might put some Fissidens fontanus on a couple of the stones just to accent them a little (I'm still undecided on this one though - have to wait until I get it planted).

The raw stand:



DIY T5HO light (Catalina Aquatic shell, Icecap SLR reflectors, 2 x 24W Giesemann Midday bulbs) and 1/2" EMT arm:


My first attempt at stone setting:

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Just imagine many more bad settings in this space!
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My hard-scape that I'm finally am happy with:
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Is that limestone??

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Yea might wanna test them rocks

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No it's not. I thought the same thing when Jeff from ADG sent them to me. I've seen plenty of tanks he setup using these "Fossil Rocks" (what he called them) that he gets from West Texas. I took them outside and put muriatic acid on them and there was no fizz.

Jeff told me that these won't affect the water parameters like some of the Asian stones that are used.

They do look very similar to limestone in the pics. Up-close, they have much more color and character to them. But yes, I thought the same thing at first!

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Looks real nice otherwise! Why is one of your tubing yellow colored?

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Looks real nice otherwise! Why is one of your tubing yellow colored?
I need to order some new clear tubing from ADG on my next order. Right now this project has kind of tapped my hobby budget for the next couple of months (the wife found out what it was costing and put her foot down ).

It's just stained from using it and the lily pipes on my old 20H. I did a bleach soak overnight, but that was all the lighter it would get.

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I would maybe try to add more depth or contoure to the substrate. The rocks are nice, but the sub seans a little too flat. Maybe slant it a bit more to one side, or add some hills or something. Just and idea.


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Looks good.

Fossil rock is limestone. Scrub a ssmall layer off with something like steel wool and pour acid/vinegar over it, it should fizz then.

Not to matter, you've probally got hard as hell water anyways living in TX.
where'd you find some rotala wallichi?

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