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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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13 gallon Planted Office tank (56k warning)

There was recently the 2-yearly Aquarama exhibition here in Singapore, and I got sorely tempted by the crystal glass tanks they had on display there. To add to my temptation, Mizuworld launched a promotion on their CADE brand optiwhite (crystal glass) tanks. Caving in to the temptation, I decided to bite the bullet and go get the tank.

Along with the tank, I also ordered the full ADA base system. I would like to state upfront that I am not a fan of ADA. Quite the contrary, I actually dislike the hype and enforced mysticism surrounding their products. As far as possible, I try not to buy their products. However, I decided to take up a challenge issued by a friend not to knock it till I've tried it, so here I am with a full ADA base system including all 5 powders and power sand.

Here are the specs of my set up:

Tank: 45cm x 30cm x 36cm CADE-CB450 Optiwhite glass tank
Lights: 3x 11w Arcadia Pod PL lights with 6700K Philips bulbs
Filtration: Eheim 2213 with CAL 13mm Nano Lilypipes
CO2: Pressurised delivered via a diffuser
Substrate: ADA Amazonia Powder, ADA Power Sand S, ADA Bacter 100, ADA Clear Super, ADA Tourmaline BC, ADA Penac W, ADA Penac S
Fertilisation: KNO3, KH2PO4, Seachem Equilibrium, Wondergro Micro+ dosed using EI
Plants: Hemianthus callitrichoides, Rotala wallichii 'long leaf', Didiplis diandra, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Anubias barteri 'nana golden', Eriocaulon cinerium

Without much further ado, here are the pictures so far. It's very much still a work in progress.

Delivery from Mizuworld:



Got my regular tank maker to customise a base and hood for aesthetics and to hide the lights:



Creating a wall around the base to prevent ugly powersand from showing at the sides:



Powersand goes in:



5 Powders go in:



Here's the hardscape:



Planted in some:



And the most recent photo taken a week ago:



Please be kind, I'm not a very artistic person so my scapes tend to not look so good But I think this is the best one I've done so far. I'll update further as the tank develops.

For now, I'm thinking of replacing the 2 clumps of HM with Rotala rotundifolia instead as the HM seems to be doing not so well on the left side due to light obstruction from the wood. The effect I want there is a low bush. Any suggestions to other plants I can use? (I considered Blyxa japonica but pruning them is a pain!)
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Everything is looking swell so far
Is that anubias nana 'gold'?
I would consider adding some anubias nana 'petite' and maybe some other red plants or plants that have some red in them like ammania sp. bonsai

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I think your scape is very nice actually. So far so good, want to see more pictures as the tank develops and want to hear your opinion on ADA stuff


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I think it looks great very artistic actually.
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Everything is looking swell so far
Is that anubias nana 'gold'?
I would consider adding some anubias nana 'petite' and maybe some other red plants or plants that have some red in them like ammania sp. bonsai
Yup it's Anubias nana 'gold'. I had 6 pots lying around not being used, so I got 3 pots into this tank. Where should I add the nana petite alongside the gold? The wood/stone area looks rather cluttered already.

The Rotala wallichii 'long leaf' and Didiplis diandra are supposed to turn orange/red and pink respectively, no idea why they're various shades of green now. Hopefully they'll redden up soon.

I'm considering replacing the HM with Rotala rotundifolia, which would add another dimension of red into the midground.

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I think it looks great very artistic actually.
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Are you going to moss wrap the branches in there?
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I think your layout is rather appealing. Don't sell yourself short. Keep the photo's coming.....
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Thanks for all the positive feedback

I won't be wrapping moss around the wood as I like to appreciate the raw texture of the wood.

I've replaced the HM with Rotala rotundifolia today. It's still in its emersed form so it's not too attractive. It's also rather tall now. I intend to trim it to a compact bush once it has had a chance to take root, probably next week. I will probably trim the Rotala wallichii and Didiplis diandra over the next 2 days.

Here's an updated picture:

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nice , i really like the layout , how are the ADA products for you ?
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Still too early to say about the ADA products lol, however, I'm not too pleased with how the HC is doing. It seems to be growing up instead of spreading. I think my 3x 11w of PL lighting may be insufficient. Either that or I'm too impatient and should wait a few more weeks

Regarding my fauna, I realised that I have a lone neon tetra swimming amongst the cardinals. I told my LFS to just net everything in the tank (he had a small school left) and didn't really inspect them. Now the OCD side of me is nagging at me. I know that it doesn't really make a difference...but i want a school of cardinals, and the lone neon is throwing me off!
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Not sure if anyone is still interested, but here's an update. As you can see from the picture below, I've made changes to the flora and fauna. I've replaced the HC with dwarf hairgrass and the midground is now blyxa japonica. The Didiplis diandra and Rotal wallichii are finally starting to turn red, though it's not obvious from the picture due to light reflection. I'll try again with a better camera soon. I'm not sure if it's due to the additional iron i'm now dosing, or due to the light nearer to the surface.

I'm considering either doing away with the R. wallichii totally to form 1 huge ball of didiplis diandra in the background, or whether I should extend the R. wallichii bush to the left a little to make it thicker. At the moment, I'm leaning more towards the former

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NOICE!!! I LOVE IT. But i think you should put back some red in there, maybe in those back corners, cause they seem a little empty. I love the hairgrass, much more pleasing than the other foreground stuff. Now how much (around) did this all come out to be? I always thought ADA was a little more on the expensive side, but now that I see this, it may be worth it maybe for my room or something.
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Wow it looks great! Although I do think you could use some red plants in the tank as well

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Great job. And the hairgrass is a huge improvement over the HC (which didnt really look like it was taking well)
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