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I wanted to move on to a bigger tank from my Mini-M and decided on a 60P. This will be an iwagumi style nature aquarium. The HC and DHG carpet will be grown emersed.

Specs:
  • Tank: ADA 60P (17 gallons)
  • Stand: Ikea Stuva
  • Light: ADA Aquasky 601
  • Filter: Eheim 2215 with Cal Aqua Labs Fluxus lily pipes
  • Heater: Hydor ETH 200
  • CO2: Archaea paintball system with in-line diffuser
  • Substrate: ADA Amazonia
  • Fertilizer: Pfertz line
  • Hardscape: ADA Manten stones
  • Flora: HC and Eleocharis acicularis 'mini'
  • Fauna: large school of nano fishes

Full setup






Matching glass cover




Some of the equipment




ADA Manten stones




After scaping







Next step... planting!

Thanks for reading. Questions or comments are welcomed.
 

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Good Luck mate. Looking forward to follow up pics. Are you using just the ADA soil btw? No additives or powersand?
Thanks!

I'm only using Aquasoil as I'm a huge fan of the product. The rest of the lineup are just snake oil IMO.


Damn, I want an ADA setup one day. Nice tank man.
Thank you.


Great setup, although I think you're focal point rock needs to be bigger.
I did play around with larger stones but liked this scape the best. Large stones made the scale of the tank smaller. I wanted the scape to look like it's in a deceptively larger tank.


Nice set up,I think you need to go a little bit higher with the slope in the back,and less in the front with the substrate,play around with the stones and spread them more out,cheers...
The substrate is already 2.5 to 3" deeper at the back.

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This is my 5th dry start so far over the years. I took all the HC I previously had growing in my Mini-M and planted it in this tank. It turns out I had a lot of it, so I placed the HC as close together as I could to speed up the growing time.

I also planted mini dwarf hairgrass from a pack of Tropica 1-2-Grow. I'm a huge fan of these because they pack a ton of plants into each pack. It's also grown emersed so there's no die-off from the transition to emersed growth during the dry start. Because DHG will easily overtake HC if planted together, I put a plastic divider to separate the two plants.

The leaves on the HC has started to yellow as expected. They'll all eventually be replaced by new, healthy green growth. The entire dry start should be finished in 4-5 weeks.

HC before planting




Tank after planting










Close-up of hairgrass

 

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I guess it's time to post an update this tank...

The dry start has been slow this time around. Usually, I'd place the tank on the floor and have it tilted so that water level is even for the entire substrate. Unfortunately due to the size of this tank and the fact that it was sitting on a stand, I wasn't able to do this. As a result the shallow substrate at the front had a lot of water whereas the deeper substrate at the back was almost dry. Despite me misting the tank 3-4x a day, most of the HC and DHG in the back died off. After waiting 3 months for it to fill in, I flooded the tank two weeks ago. The HC has filled in about 90% and looks great. The DHG has a bit of thread algae, but otherwise doing well also. The Aquasky light is actually stronger than I though, so I had to reduce the light period to 8 hours to curtail the algae growth.

Here's what it looks now:





Close-up of FTS:



I've placed the lily pipes into the openings under the light



Other glassware:



After cycling, I added 25 green neon tetras




The tetras are doing great and have all survived so far. They're forming tight schools and swim all over the tank between the rockwork. Next week I'll add a school of C. habrosus dwarf cories to complete the livestock.

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Man wish I had thought to check children's storage at IKEA!! I just set up my modified and reinforced Besta cabinet for my new 60P, but hate the extra lip behind and in front. This fits PERFECT. Ugh...now I'm seriously considering going to IKEA this weekend to get this stand and redo it all again haha.
 
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