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Infopimp's ADA 45-C - RCS Planted Tank - 56K Photo Overload

Hello everyone! Happy to have found this forum!

I'm finally building a proper home for my Crystal Red Shrimp, with heavy aesthetic and equipment influence from the ADA "school".

I am lucky to have access to "Aqua Forest" - an ADA distributor here in the US - and they have been so incredibly helpful getting me setup.

High resolution photos are available at:

http://www.imageseek.com/sven/gallery/ADA_45-C

First up, the specs:

ADA 45-C Garden Cube (#102-871) - 24 gallons
EHEIM Professional II External Canister Filter (#2028) - (rated to 158 gallons)
ADA BIO RIO (#105-001) - replacing stock "coco puff" media
ADA Power Sand-M (2 x 2L bags)
ADA Aqua Soil - Amazonia (one 9L, one 3L bag)
Archaea lamp fixture - w/36w ADA CF bulb
ADA Rock (hand picked at Aqua Forest)

Other details:

-layout is not finalized

-3 days into fishless cycling - ammonia level is ~3 right now, heat is 86 F

-did two days of 60% water changes - now scaling back to none... Amazonia I find needs to flush out a bit

-using R/O water cut with some water from well cycled tank (hard water)

-back of tank has media and decorations from cycled tank - driftwood is also temporary, from well cycled tank

-small HOB filter from cycled tank is also running on this...

-using Biozyme to supposedly help start things up


I will be keeping you all updated! This will primarily be a home for about 30-40 RCS shrimp - grade S and A. For now... I just have to wait... and plan... and post here....

Let me know what you think!

-steve
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what are the plans for plants?
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For that I need your help. I'm thinking three species:

1) a low moss that covers well - ideally low maintenance
2) a medium height green 'filler' plant (java moss or similar)
3) a tall, red plant... for the backdrop

something like that? You guys tell me!

Neighbor and I debated merits of two approaches for layout:

1) One is the classic valley - with a stream running down middle. These two stones could be the book ends....

2) The other was my neighbors idea... build a summit of all the soil in the center, and place the rocks on top.

I thought maybe building up to one corner might be a nice compromise to give depth... good thing I have weeks to figure this out while it cycles.

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Here are the future inhabitants of this tank:

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An update.... tank is still cycling.

I'd been moving stuff so it was a bit cloudy - its clear again now.




Added CO2...



The green plants floating will soon be planted so as to create eventually a carpet of green.
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Updates... this is pretty rough... can't wait until I have a carpet of green. Much to do still.

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Planted a "river" of riccia going down the middle... sorry everything is cloudy again.






Any comments?

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good choice in tank and equipment. Your CRS will be happy there. I think you need more rock and of varying size and height in order to have more options. What did you tie the riccia to? It looks like you just put it in the substrate and riccia will not hold cuz its a floating plant. Don't know of you want fish but ember tetras would be a good choice. They are small. which keeps the bioload low and will not harm baby shrimp.

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My thought is how to keep the riccia and glosso/marselia seperate (if that is your intention). On the other hand, if you let them merge, the riccia has a better chance of staying down.
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Very good feedback! What suggestions do you have for a plant that could serve as the "river" and stay in its place... something that looks "flowing" (organized) and low to the ground.... any ideas?
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Is that a massive airstone in the middle? If so, you should get rid of it. Your plants don't need it, and the thing outgasses your precious CO2. What does the drop checker say?


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Drop checker says I'm borderline too much CO2... my DIY yeast is at full tilt right now (2.5 bps). I'll take the stone out and see what happens.

The tank is still cycling... 4 weeks in... the ADA keeps the ammonia up... probably need a few more full water changes (?)...
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I wouldn't worry about over gassing a tank full of plants with Co2. It should be fine. I am wondering how you are keeping that riccia to stay down. Is it tied to tiny rocks? I would be careful or else you will end up with riccia everywhere. Try and find posts on what to tie riccia to. Maybe rocks and hairnets and placing them here and there? IDK. This tank has potential and it is coming out nicely. Good luck.
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Yank the airstone and pump as much co2 into that thing as you can while it's fishless/shrimpless to get your plants on their way IMO.


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