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Sooooo.....10 weeks in and on my 3rd tank....this one is officially going to be titled "Lost My Mind".

What started as a betta in a 1.5 gallon for my 4 year old, quickly turned into a 26G Bow Front....and then an ADA 45P......well.....I've learned a life lesson over the years. "do things right, the first time.....and buy the best you can afford" (otherwise you end up doing things at least twice from my experience).

This is going to be a very slow build to start, we just closed on a new house and won't move in for almost a month. But figured i'd start a journal as I start collecting everything.

I've got two toddlers at home, and a stay at home wife. I work roughly 70-80 hours a week and travel a good amount. I find whatever I can to keep my sanity....up until I got into fish 10 weeks ago the two most relaxing things for me were:

1. Washing my cars
2. Getting on an airplane with now wifi

Staring and playing with my fish tanks has quickly joined the list.


Tank:

ADA 120P
Archaea 120P Stand (Sold by Aqua Forest Aquarium)

Equipment:

48" Current USA Sat Plus Pro (check) (x2)
GLA PRO-1 CO2 Reg
Eheim 2075
Up Aqua Inline Diffuser
Hydor 300W Inline Diffuser

Scape:

4 Bags ADA Amazonia
20+ lbs Ohko Stone (3 big rocks so far, will likely add more as I can find)






Update 10.3.15:
Stocking List

Stocking update:

Here's what's in here now

15 - celestial pearl danios
7 - Cardinal tetras (tank raised)
15 - emerald dwarf rasbora
9 - Microrasbora kubotai (all they had)
10 - Chili Rasbora
7 - Otocinclus catfish
5 - Hasbrosus Cory
3 - SAE's



Shrimp
6 - amano shrimp
17 - RCS
15 - CRS
10 - Blue/Black Rili Shrimp
3 - Sunkist Orange CS

 

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Awesome dude! Nice specs you got going already. And yeah, hobbies are always a great way to chill and unwind.. Can't wait to see updates. :)
 

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I'm drooling thinking of what your gonna do with that sick set up man.

Welcome to the hobby and good luck with your first bout with multi-tank syndrome...when I first got into the hobby a couple years back I turned around and had 5 tanks I admire your restraint so far.
 

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ADA 120P "I've Lost My Mind"

Still debating that piece. As mentioned I've got some ohko stone. Sometime today I'll probably clean it off and do some test placements. Trying to decide if I want to add some driftwood as well. Gonna start laying things out in my head. Will most likely be a mosh posh of styles but with a good flow.


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AFA crushed me last night by calling to inform me that they didn't have the 90P that I just placed an order for in stock & wouldn't be getting any for 2-3 months. They DID inform me that they had 120P's in stock... I'm starting to think my kitchen will either lose counter space or my leatherworking table will. I need to just sign my VA Disability check over to AFA. That's where it all goes now anyway!
 

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Ya, I called a few Saturday's to see if I could pick up my 120 and they only had them in the warehouse. I got impulsive and luckily the 90's were out of stock!


Here are the 3 ohko stones I have so far. Smallest is around 10 lbs biggest is 18 if I remember right.

Probably going to cut the flat long one in half. Trying to determine how that's going to go down

These things are caked in mud. Gonna soak for a bit and give them a decent scrub while being careful.




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Your tank is gorgeous and the planned setup looks really promising. Are you going to have to tear everything down in a month when you move into your new house?

Couldn't agree with you more about doing things right the first time even if it costs you. I tried to set up a cheap lighting system for a riparium using bulbs bought from China. To make a long story short, too many problems with the bulbs and Chinese sellers led to me just spending about $600 on a new LED system (with just 3 LEDs) using the best parts I could find.
 

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I vote no wood. Stones all the way. Have you considered how you want to scape this tank? Like full on iwagumi or more nature style?

I've always had a hard time pulling off the wood/stone combo. I do like the way it looks when both are used to make it look like you've got a sand foreground with rocks used to create a boarder between the wood and plants area. You really don't seem to be going in that direction though.
 

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I vote no wood. Stones all the way. Have you considered how you want to scape this tank? Like full on iwagumi or more nature style?

I've always had a hard time pulling off the wood/stone combo. I do like the way it looks when both are used to make it look like you've got a sand foreground with rocks used to create a boarder between the wood and plants area. You really don't seem to be going in that direction though.
You need the right kind of wood, which is rare in this country. I envy the ADA wood supplies.
 

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Hey Punk,

So, more nature style. Definately want it pretty heavily planted so iwagumi isn't gonna do it for me.

I'm having the same thoughts in my head on trying to combine both. I think I pulled it off well in my 45P, but it's such a small tank and the rock isn't big. It's a hard thing to make work.

I have been considering something like this where the color contrast is similiar.

 

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You need the right kind of wood, which is rare in this country. I envy the ADA wood supplies.
That's not the case. What kind to you believe is best anyway?
Hey Punk,

So, more nature style. Definately want it pretty heavily planted so iwagumi isn't gonna do it for me.

I'm having the same thoughts in my head on trying to combine both. I think I pulled it off well in my 45P, but it's such a small tank and the rock isn't big. It's a hard thing to make work.

I have been considering something like this where the color contrast is similiar.

Yes. Big pieces like that one will work. Stay away from smaller pieces or it throws the scale off. It sucks that I'm going to have wait a month to see what you come up with.

Are staying in Walnut creek? I don't see how you guys can afford live down there. ;) It's a nice area considering I try to avoid the bay area like the pleg.
 

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Yea, staying in Walnut Creek. It's tough on the pocket book (esp after spending 3 years in North Carolina). I'm an LA guy born and raised....only up here cause of work (currently run sales for a company that puts those annoying ads on your cell phone). Figuring 5-10 years then I'll make my way back to a beach somewhere (spent 10 years in Huntington down south before the NC move).


The wait is driving me bonkers. Think I'm gonna have to put a towel over the tank to pretend it's not there.



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It's a small world sometimes. I lived just up pch in seal beach for a few years. We also almost moved to Raleigh. We're in Walnut Creek and San Ramon all the time to visit family. I'm having to wait to start a tank up too. Completely different reasons though.
 
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