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!)