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post #1 of 74 (permalink) Old 06-15-2015, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Dan's ADA 45p - A Blank Canvas

Hi everyone,

So I've taken the plunge and done a bit of investing. My next challenge is to go Hi-tech planted. So far I have an ADA 45p, Aquasky light, Eheim classic 250, CO2 kit and a hydor external heater.

Now I have decided to start my journal whilst I'm still in the very early stages so I can see how the plans evolve before I go ahead. I think it will be a fair few weeks until I start setting up as I still don't really have a plan for the scape.

All I know is it will be high tech planted. Whether that be an Iwagumi style or more jungle. Who knows..., I am tempted by auto dosing my EI ferts. Another issue with these tanks is what stand to get. I kind of feel that a solid oak sideboard would be the perfect complement to it as I'm not a massive fan of the ADA stands.

Here are a few hardscape ideas I have at the moment, just with sand/ and old tank for trial purposes

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I really like the first one.


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Latest scape idea:



The next question is what plants/ fish to stock it with...

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and then you turn the piece of wood upside down and find a million other scape you could do..








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Might be onto a winner now? (getting obsessed with this)

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This is where things are up to now.

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Gonna be auto-dosing EI through these:



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Currently installing all the cabinet hardware and will make sure everything runs as planned before I think about the planting.

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Where did you grab the stand from? What are the measurements?
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Hi,

I'm in the UK and got it from IKEA, it's a Brusali cabinet.

I've made one of the shelves into the back panel and cut it out for all the cables/ pipes etc. Also got the LED light tips fitted to the top piece.



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Where are those round stones you had in some of the scapes from??

And looks like a great start!


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Hi,

I decided to change the round stones for more detailed ones, It definitely improves the sense of scale in the scape.

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Where did you find the round stones at ?


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Where did you find the round stones at ?


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They are commonly called river rocks and landscape yards, fairly easy to find, especially for cheap. Not 100% sure that is what the OP has but you can get basically the same thing if you look for those.


I really like this setup, can't wait to see how you plant it.

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Hi,

The round rocks are just standard river rocks (I am in the UK), but I suspect as Matt said you can find them in most places, they're just smooth pebbles really. The current stone is ADA Ryuoh stone.

After pretty much 3 days work the hardware is near enough all installed. Currently running everything with an empty tank to check for leaks. I suspect I may need some new non- return valves for the auto doser as they is a bit of back-flow going on. Also need to figure out what to do with the intake/ outlet pipes and they are pulling the lily pipes out of line. I may have to cut a hole in the top of the cabinet (scared). Also awaiting the arrival of the STC 1000 temperature controller so I can wire it up to the hydor.

I have tried to keep the tank cabinet equipment as tidy as possible, wires will be neater once it is drained and ready to be planted.

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Thanks for the kind words Matt. Planting is next on the plans really. I may be moving house soon so am delaying planting until then (but couldn't resist getting the cabinet drilled/ kitted out whilst I have some time). My vision is for the planting to be pretty low throughout the left/ front of the tank, probably with a hair grass carpet and a few small plants dotted around the rocks. Then I will have more height around the wood where the focal point is.

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Slow progress at the minute but get the STC 1000 into it's project box.

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thats a high tech setup for a tiny tank

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