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ADA 60P tank journal - first planted tank

This is my first shot at a planted tank. I also have a ADA 30C which I plant with the trimmings from the 60P. My main tank is a coral reef. I find that while planting is pretty challenging, it can be a lot less frustrating than a SPS reef tank.

Here's the tank: ADA 60P, Doaqua stand, Solar II PC light

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Milwaukee regulator, Hydor in-line heater, Eheim ecco filter. I found that the instructions on this site for adjusting the regulator didn't work for me. After talking to my LFS, I got it to work very consistently (I needed to have pressure showing on the second gauge).




This is how the arm mounts to the stand:






Solar II PC lights, two 36-watt "10k"


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Adding substrate

Based on what I read on this forum and LFS recommendations, I used all ADA branded substrate:





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Aquascaping

I didn't have any experience with "aquascaping", so I just used examples from the ADA picture books and tried to copy their style with a combo of driftwood and rocks:











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First planting

I wasn't completely satisfied with the scape I chose, but I decided to just go ahead and start planting. Maybe it would turn out OK?











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Add water!

This was really time consuming as I had the sand running everywhere. In hindsight I should have not put so much water...

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Growth journal - June 14th, 2009

Roughly 2 months from first planting:



Livestock: 5 amano shrimp, 2 siamese algae eaters, 14 neon tetras, and a lot of snails.
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Dude, just unreal man! That tank is spot on for sure. I am so stoked on this tank. What size is 60P, in gallons?


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Beautiful! It looks like you tamed that Glosso pretty well. What species is the red Rotala in the middle?

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Where did you get the stand?
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dude, it would appear that you're a natural. nice tank!

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are you sure this is your first planted tank? this seems like a pros work, anyway, i love the setup but i have to say i liked the first rock/wood setup more than the one you finally decided, +1 on where you got the stand?

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