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Time for an update - Happy Pi Day!




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Hello everybody, this is my first ADA tank and I'm very excited! I'll post picture updates to this first post so that you don't have to browse through the thread for them.

Equipment:

  • ADA Cube Garden 60P
  • ADA Garden Mat
  • Fishneedit 24" 2xT5HO Lighting
  • Eheim Classic 2215
  • Aquatek Co2 Regulator with CGA320 to Paintball Adapter
  • Archaea 50 watt heater

Substrate/Hardscape:

  • AquaSoil New Amazonia multi-type
  • Ohko Stone

Flora:

  • Eleocharis Belem
  • Rotala Colorata
  • Rotala Green "narrow leaf"

Tank is now setup on Garden Mat:



This is the "custom stand" where the tank will sit (granite countertop between kitchen and living room):

 

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Nice start Storm. I think your stone layout needs a focal point. It seems kind of spread out right now. My eyes doesn't know which stone to focus on. Check out this article on Iwagumi by ADG Frank. It might help give you some ideas on how you want to layout your stone. Oh...and where and how are you going to hide your filter?

ADG Frank's Iwagumi Article

Edit: Here's a couple more Iwagumi articles.

Article 1

Article 2
 

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DUDE!!!! If you invest more and get the 120p or what ever fit that space from wall to wall..... it would be epic!
LOL! I would love to have a 120P here but the wife would kill me... :biggrin:

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Oh...and where and how are you going to hide your filter?
Thanks for the articles! I'm going to either put my filter behind the white pillar where the Aquatek box is (it will be visible from the side) or up in the cabinets above the fridge which is to the right of the counter. I'm not sure if the Eheim will pump fast enough elevated 3 feet above the tank though...

Ok, I redid the hardscape, put a big slope towards the back right and tried to make a focal point on the left with the two stones arching towards each other. Let me know what you guys think:


 

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I don't know if you need a typical slope. Most tanks are view from one side. This looks like it will be a 2-sided tank. You should lay it out so that it looks pleasing from the kitchen and the "front" of the tank. More likely than not this tank will be enjoyed from the kitchen more frequently. You know what they say. The kitchen is the most occupied room in the house.
 

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Hmm... getting better.

Try moving the two-rock arrangement on the left a bit to the right, and move the rightmost stone sorta in front of the other two. Make a mound so it looks like rocky hill/ peak with the substrate flat at all four edges. Just to see how it looks. It needs to look good from both sides.
 

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Hmm... getting better.

Try moving the two-rock arrangement on the left a bit to the right, and move the rightmost stone sorta in front of the other two. Make a mound so it looks like rocky hill/ peak with the substrate flat at all four edges. Just to see how it looks. It needs to look good from both sides.
+1. One master stone and 2 slave stones.
 

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Hmm... getting better.

Try moving the two-rock arrangement on the left a bit to the right, and move the rightmost stone sorta in front of the other two. Make a mound so it looks like rocky hill/ peak with the substrate flat at all four edges. Just to see how it looks. It needs to look good from both sides.
Thank you for your tips. I just made the changes you suggested. What do you think of the big stone? Right now there is a part on the left of it that is hanging without substrate underneath. If I bury it a bit more it will be snug to the substrate, but I am trying to keep the height.

Front view of tank (living room - I want this to be the best view because it will be viewed from this room more often):



Rear view of tank (kitchen):

 

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I like this layout the best. but to make it better IMO bring the middle rock forward about an inch and to the right slightly. Then take the one on the left out and replace it with the one on the right... Then take the other rock that you don't have in their and put it where the one the right used to be. Then take the rock that used to be on the left and lay it on its side in front of the rock one the right.
 

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Quick question- Which 3 stones did you use out of this picture? Then i can give you my opinion.
I took out the middle stone in the grouping of 3 stones on the left. Thanks!
 

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Your stones are too similar in size to split up - put all the stones together so it looks like one complex rock at the golden ratio point.
 

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That last picture looks better, when you grouped it together. How about instead of pointing them all together, try pointing them outwards. Putting the two larger ones in the back so you see a V shaped gap then the small one in front of the V.
 

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that looks pretty good! how about putting the two smaller ones togethor on the left and have the larger one on it's own on the right?
 

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Try this:
Take the biggest stone, stand it more or less up on its end, and angle it outward to the left. Do the same with the 2nd largest stone, but to the right. The 3rd largest stone can be angled from the front left upward to the big stone one the left. The smallest can be closest to the front, more or less centered, and as a horizontal foil for the other stones.

That probably doesn't come across well in my explanation, but I'm a visual person, not a direction writer :p

In an ideal world you'd have 5 of these stones - you always want to place larger/focal stones in odd numbers if you can.
 

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Ok, I think I have a layout that I am more or less happy with. The 4 stones were all so large that none of them could be a Suteishi or sacrificial stone. I decided to take the ugliest stone, put it in a paper sack, and break it with a hammer. Now I have lots of smaller stones to work with.

Please let me know if any of these should be moved or if they break the energy/flow:

 
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