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Tank: ADA Mini M/Garden Mat

Light: ADA Aqua Sky

Substrate: ADA Amazonia powder type, super sand special, la plata sand

Stone: Dragon Stone

Filtration: Eheim 2211 with Jardli 10mm spin pipe, 12mm intake. (Cheap lily pipes off amazon). ADA clear hose.

C02: 20oz paintball tank, Aquatek mini regulator. Undecided on injection method.

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As for now there is still some missing pieces to the puzzle but I will decide on those as time goes by. As for now I have topped of the tank and started the filter. I'll post a photo once the tank clears up as it is a bit cloudy now.







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Wasn't happy with the main stone in the previous scape. I wanted a very large piece, one that made a bold statement. I believe I finally found one that states just that. Although I'm not 100% happy with the sand layout. Wish there was more curvature to it. In other words, I would have liked the sand to start a bit in the front then wrap around.



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Very cool! I'm excited to see how it progresses.

Edit: Oh, and I think you made the right choice switching out the rock. It is very bold.
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Very cool! I'm excited to see how it progresses.

Edit: Oh, and I think you made the right choice switching out the rock. It is very bold.


I appreciate it! I went back to the store in hopes of finding a larger dragon stone, but they didn't have anything. So I switched to seriyu stone instead. Dragon stone is very soft so in the case of algae, any scrubbing would cause a lot of dust in the tank. Glad I went with another type of stone.


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I like the rock work, very natural looking.
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I like the rock work, very natural looking.


Thank you!!!


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Very nice. Cannot wait to see how it turns out.


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Very nice. Cannot wait to see how it turns out.


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Some sort of stem in the back hidden, and I'm debating whether to go dwarf hair grass or ug.


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Love the layout, very natural looking as if it's a beach with a large stone mass sticking out. I love dwarf hairgrass Belem but for a better solution to proportion I think UG would look great, it's just the smaller blades will not cover your rock as much.
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Love the layout, very natural looking as if it's a beach with a large stone mass sticking out. I love dwarf hairgrass Belem but for a better solution to proportion I think UG would look great, it's just the smaller blades will not cover your rock as much.


I was thinking ug as well. The only thing about it is that I hear it does better dsm. Which I don't have the patience for. I think I will try growing it with high amounts of c02 being injected.


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This is what the previous scape looked like after being filled. As you can see the main rock wasn't as bold.



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Looks really good, Could you bring the sand and soil boundary further to the left so the sand wraps around infront of the main rock?


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Looks really good, Could you bring the sand and soil boundary further to the left so the sand wraps around infront of the main rock?


That's exactly what I had in mind. I will be performing water changes for the first 2 weeks to cycle the Amazonia. I hear that it can burn some carpeting plants and ug is sensitive so I will try and take out some dirt during one of the water changes.


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I was thinking ug as well. The only thing about it is that I hear it does better dsm. Which I don't have the patience for. I think I will try growing it with high amounts of c02 being injected.


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You could always DS for a little amount of time and it will help. And when you feel impatient all you have to do is fill.
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You could always DS for a little amount of time and it will help. And when you feel impatient all you have to do is fill.


Ordered ug from AFA. Will be dsm until it roots nicely!


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