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Finally got everything to get my Aqueon Evolve 4 nano tank up and running on the right path. Here's a listing of everything...

Tank - Aqueon Evolve 4
Lighting - 10" Finnex FugeRay LED, but upgrading to 16" Finnex Ray II DS LED
Heating - 25w Fluval compact heater
Substrate - 3" ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia w/ a small path of play sand

For my plant list I bought those Topfin packaged plants (not the tube plants)

Staurogyne Repens
Green Cryptocoryne Wendtii
Cryptocoryne Balansae
Dwarf Hairgrass
and 2 Blyxa japonica from my 45 gallon long tank


I had it set up before, but with dirt... I got the 10" Finnex FugeRay a couple weeks ago, and last week I ordered the ADA Aqua Soil. I already had the driftwood just sitting around, so today I finally decided to use it.

Tank has been running for 3 hours now, so the water is still a bit hazy.








 

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Nice! i just started my build of the same tank. how do you like that finnex btw?

I absolutely love my Finnex FugeRay, but I'm going to upgrade to a 16" Finnex Ray II DS LED light because it'll give me twice the PAR value which will give my plants that extra boost of lighting. All my Evolve 4 is missing would be a co2 injection system, right now I'm just trying to use up the last of the co2 tablets I have left then I'll move to a diy co2 system so I can save up for a injection system.

Right now I'm mainly focused on comparing plant growth between ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia, and in my topless 6 gallon Edge I'm going to use Brightwell Aquatics FlorinVolcanit Rio Cafe-M soil based substrate. From what I've heard from Jeff at ADGShop.com is that Brightwell Aquatics Rio Cafe substrate is comparable to ADA's Amazonia, but it doesn't have that ammonia spike that ADA aqua soil is known for.
 

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I absolutely love my Finnex FugeRay, but I'm going to upgrade to a 16" Finnex Ray II DS LED light because it'll give me twice the PAR value which will give my plants that extra boost of lighting. All my Evolve 4 is missing would be a co2 injection system, right now I'm just trying to use up the last of the co2 tablets I have left then I'll move to a diy co2 system so I can save up for a injection system.

Right now I'm mainly focused on comparing plant growth between ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia, and in my topless 6 gallon Edge I'm going to use Brightwell Aquatics FlorinVolcanit Rio Cafe-M soil based substrate. From what I've heard from Jeff at ADGShop.com is that Brightwell Aquatics Rio Cafe substrate is comparable to ADA's Amazonia, but it doesn't have that ammonia spike that ADA aqua soil is known for.
Nice. I'm looking at the Fugeray with Red Boost. As far as the pressurized co2, a few other members have recommended the Aquatek Mini Regulator. I think it looks good and I'm going to give it a try. I thought about trying aqua soil, but I just can't justify the price tag on it lol
 

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I thought about trying aqua soil, but I just can't justify the price tag on it lol

I got 3l bag of Amazonia for $18 and free shipping here

http://www.adgshop.com/Aqua_Soil_s/21.htm

But you better hurry because ADG Shop is clearing out it's inventory of ADA aqua soil in order to bring in Brightwell Aquatics Rio Cafe florinvolcanit substrate, and Natural Aquario Silver Series soil substrate. Both are comparable to aquasoil, have a better texture than aqua soil, but they don't have that ammonia spike that aqua soil is known for.
 

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So I ordered another 10" Finnex FugeRay LED for this tank, because I plan to rescape the entire tank, and adding a few more Staurogyne Repens, and some Sunset Hygrophila to the tank. Adding another 10" Finnex FugeRay will mean that I'll have to modify the top plastic cover in order to fit both of the FugeRays.
 

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Just got through rescaping the entire tank to make more room for the plants, and I purchased the following plants for the tank.

8x Ceylon hygrophyla
5x Ludwigia Repens
5x Myrio Mattogrosense
5x Pearl Weed (Hemianthus micranthemoides)
5x Dwarf Sagittaria
3x Didiplis Diandra
3x Lindernia Variegated
1x Christmas Moss (1/2 golf ball size)
1x Java Moss (golf ball size)
1x Cryptocoryne Retrospiralis
1x Bronze Crypt
1x Java Fern Lace OR Java Fern

I'm also thinking of getting a injection co2 system, 10lb co2 cylinder, and a Milwaukee MA957 regulator. This co2 system should last me around 3-4 years lol!!!
 

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Here's a breakdown of everything I did... I moved the Cryptocoryne Balansae to the back left corner, I moved the Creeping Charlie (Micromeria Brownei) to the back right corner, moved the 3 Green Cryptocoryne Wendtii bunches in front of the driftwood, I moved all of the Staurogyne Repens to the front left corner, moved 1 of the Blyxa japonica right next to Wendtii in front of the driftwood. and replanted the Dwarf Hairgrass in smaller bunches in the right front corner.

1 of the Blyxa japonica died, and the 1 do have is slowly coming back (I never could figure out how to keep blyxa japonica from dying lol). But with this new re-scape it opened up so much more room for more plants. Pics 3 & 4 show the available room for more plants.


Here's the pictures of the re-scape!!!!







 

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Subbed! I just picked up 2 Evolve 4's for my shrimp. I am thinking of trying out the FugeRay, but may try and keep it low tech with the stock light. Maybe some stems crypts and anubias. I am looking forward to watching you tank grow!
 

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So here's an updated equipment list for the tank...

Substrate - 2l of ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia
Lighting - 2 x 10" Finnex FugeRay 7000k LED
Heating - 25w Fluval compact submersible heater
Co2 - DIY 2l co2 system, will upgrade to a 10lb cylinder w/ Milwaukee MA957 regulator
1 - Up Aqua co2 drop checker


Livestock list

5 - Celestial Pearl Danio
3 - Otocinclus Alae Eater
12 - Ghost Shrimp
 

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So I just ordered around 30 nodes of Lilaeopsis sp. to replace the dwarf hairgrass in the tank. Now I'm just waiting on the mail man to deliver my new 10" Finnex FugeRay 7000k LED and my first plant order!!!
 

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How easily does the Aqueon scratch.

I heard that the early models had hazing. Still true.
I would say they're just like any other acrylic tank I've owned, little minor scatches but once it's filled with water you can notice them.



Also will post new pictures tomorrow, I got my first order of plants in today so waiting for water to clear up. I also got my new 10" Finnex FugeRay 7000k LED light today. So now I have 2 x 10" Finnex FuegRay's on this tank!!!!!!!!
 

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Here's the newest pictures of the tank!!! I'm almost done planting this tank just waiting for my shipment of Lilaeopsis sp. to replace the dwarf hairgrass, then the only thing left is to get a co2 injection system.








 

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So I tore down this tank yesterday to briefly set up my 6 gallon topless fluval edge so I can see exactly how many plants I have, and how much room the plants take up. Plus I wanted to fully re-scape the Evolve which will happen later today when my nodes of Lilaeopsis sp. come in this afternoon, plus I ordered a brand new coralife digital timer so I replace the analog one I'm using right now.

So now I guess I should start up photoshop so I can start making a couple different scapes, and figure out which one I like best lol.
 

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Last night I set this tank back up, but I just got a couple more plants so I'm going to tear it back down so I can re-scape it again. I'll take some new pictures hopefully tonight, if not tomorrow for sure.
 

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How easily does the Aqueon scratch.

I heard that the early models had hazing. Still true.
I don't know about scratches, but the Evolve4 I have already has stress fractures (looks like ALOT of tiny scrathes or spider webbing) its on the front of the tank by the top and has a arching looking to it, not something I could produce from dropping in gravel or cleaning so I know its just the cheap plastic breaking from water weight/temperature change. It pisses me off, the light bounces off them, makes it real apparent, I'm half tempted to take it back to the store and just order some glass and build a tank from scratch.
 
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