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ADA 60p cm tank

I thought I would share my 18 gallon ADA tank. Enjoy the pictures. This tank has gone through a lot of morphs. It used to be a stem only tank, to a very boring neddleleaf to anubias nana petite only tank. This is what the tank look like Monday.



Here is a list of plants:
Downois
Crypt "Rosanervig"
needleleaf java fern
hitch hiker Blyxa in the back
Hygrophila difformis "variegated"--this plant has some nice white vein but when I start dosing some macro and micro it starts to get reddish/purplish/moronish color leaves including the vein.
Hygrophila sp. "Rio Araguaia" or sp. Roraima.. I can't really tell
Eleocharis sp."Belem"

I have only one fish and the rest are wild cherries, red shrimps, 1 yellow shrimp

Enjoy! More pictures to come
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Looking good for a start. Reminds me a lot of my new 60-P in development =)

Obviously, you can develop your back and mid ground some. Do you want to incorporate any color differentials? You can still go a lot of ways with the scape. Your plant selection will be both subjective and somewhat dynamic- it's up to you to scape as you wish.

However, if going for the full show tank look, ADA-esque, bad-ass look, I'd swap that plastic in take (and other out take I can't see) with Lily pipes or other (Do!Aqua, other knockoffs). I live in the Bay as well, in SF, on the the 22 MUNI line which drops me off right in front of Aqua Forest Aquarium. I am spoiled, but appreciative. It does make it hard to be discretionary so my wallet doesn't suffer =)

I'm also in the process of setting up a show quality 60-P for my living room and working though the daily dilemmas (Algae, CO2 levels, trimming, fert mix/schedule) to keep it evolving according toward my vision.

Keep it going! Lookin good.
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What canister are you using? I don't recognize that intake. Like the previous poster said, you can bump up the clean look with some glassware to match that ADA logo on tank.

How many wt for that light?

Glad to see another ADA 60P!
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if you pull that wisteria and add a stem plant like rotala wallichi i think it will look amazing. great start though, i love the eleocharis field and the downoi
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if you pull that wisteria and add a stem plant like rotala wallichi i think it will look amazing. great start though, i love the eleocharis field and the downoi
I was thinking about that but then I like the way the wisteria looks. It's the new kind that has white vein and then as it turns out with some dosing it turns reddish on the leaves. It's an amazing plant. My friend bought it from someone for $8 a stem. Now it's growing like weeds in my tank.


I used to keep a lot of colorful stem plants in this tank before but kind of tired of trimming them all the time. I decided to go with foreground plants only but then I got sucker into trying some stem plants from my friend. I am still thinking about pulling the rest of the stem plants out and just keep the eleocharis sp. belem and the downois as the only plants there.
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if youre going to yank the wisteria i say pull blyxa where it is now. it would bush out nice and look great!
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Good to see you around B! The tank looks nice esp. the eleocharis 'belem' foreground. I had a bit of that 'variegated' difformis a while back too and you're right it grows like a weed. I ended up yanking all of it after getting tired of fighting it and gave it away to club members.


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if youre going to yank the wisteria i say pull blyxa where it is now. it would bush out nice and look great!
I was going to yank out the wisteria but then I like the way it's morphing but I'm thinking of taking it out completely. I have three little Blxya right where the Wisteria is at. It's not growing because it's under the wisteria. I really like the look but I'm planning on trimming the Eleocharis sp."Belem" this weekend.
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gotchya and your eleocharis belem carpet looks amazing, i have some coming for my 45-P that im hoping to grow out enough for nice carpet like yours.
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gotchya and your eleocharis belem carpet looks amazing, i have some coming for my 45-P that im hoping to grow out enough for nice carpet like yours.
Cool! I found it that once it established it will take off. It took me 3 to 4 weeks for it to reach that point. My friend gave me maybe 12 runners or so.
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wow nice ive got a small start like that coming and my 45-P is smaller than your 60-P so i should be set in no time whats your ferts and co2 like? what type of light are you running?
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wow nice ive got a small start like that coming and my 45-P is smaller than your 60-P so i should be set in no time whats your ferts and co2 like? what type of light are you running?
I don't ferts my tank too often. Just whenever I remember since the tank is in my office. I do have pressurized CO2 though. Recently, I have been dosing ADA step 1 and 2 since I have that laying around. My friend gave it to me when he quits the hobby.

Here is a picture of the same tank and the old layout.

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thats alot of downoi and petite
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Nice tank gw! Your petite is top notch!

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damn gorgeous!..
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