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James' ADA 60p setup (week 11 shots)

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For some time I have been planning to scape something larger than my usual 2 to 20 litre tanks and really fancied doing an ADA 60p. On phoning the green machine to investigate they suggested that I scape a full ADA 60p setup and photograph it for their website.

I visited their store in early December to pick up the following car load of goodies:

ADA Cube Garden 60p (60x30x36cm)
Do!Aqua wood cabinet
ADA Solar II lamp
ADA Arm Stand
Do!Aqua Violet glass 17mm outflow
Do!Aqua Violet glass 17mm inflow
ADA clear 17mm hose 2m
ADA Bio Rio 3 litres
ADA NA Carbon 1 litre
ADA Tourmaline F
Do!Aqua CO2 Diffuse
ADA 22m glass joint x 2
ADA clear CO2 hose 2m
ADA Panac P
ADA Panac W
ADA Tourmaline BC
ADA Power sand Specail S 2 x 2 litres
ADA Aquasoil Africana 2x 9 litres
ADA Nile sand 5.2 litres
ADA Congo Sand 2kg
ADA Ryuoh Stone 10kg
ADA brighty K 500ml
ADA Green Brighty step 1 500ml
ADA Green Brighty special lights 500ml
ADA Green Gain
ADA Phyton Git
ADA Green bacter

The set up was started in my christmas break

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First the Arm stand and lamp is fitted

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The glassware and hoses are sorted for easy refit after planting

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Panac p, Panec w and Tourmaline BC are spread evenly on base

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Power Sand is poured carefully in

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The Power Sand is scraped back from the front and sides of the tank.

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Aquasoil is poured in and shaped with a soft brush

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The first stone is placed to from part of a mountain.

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The second stone in the formation is placed so that the stratas match.

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A suitable stone to complete the mountain cannot be found at this stage, other stones will be palced first

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The lower stones are placed to create a plateau at the foot of the mountain

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A third stone for the mountain formation has been found, the gaps will not be visible once planted

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The plateau and mountain are now complete

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The last stone will provide a transition between plants and sand

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A card divider is used so that soil can be removed without the rest collapsing

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Nile sand is poured into the cavity then the divider is carefully removed

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The last stone is repositioned and some Congo sand is used to give a natural effect.

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Glossostigma elatinoides is planted in the foreground

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Hemianthus callitrichoides is planted in the mid and background

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half of the plateau is also planted with HC

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the rest of the plateau is planted with Echinodorus tenellus

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The tank is slowly filled and the equipment refitted

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The full ADA setup in situ two days after planting.


Will add more photos as the scape grows in

Cheers,
James
 

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BISH BASH BOSH,
now thats the way to do it!
So neat and precise, this already looks superb and so well thought out.
I love it.
Ady.
 

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James' ADA 60p setup

Wow, great shopping list!

The setup so far looks great, so its to be a iwagumi or a mountain range? I am really looking forward to the journal.


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Cant wait for it to grow in :)
 

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Emyr said:
That little lot will have set you back a fair amount though.
An arm and a leg I reckon :lol: .

Very nice indeed James.A bit different to your usual style ?.
 
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that little bit of white sand in the corner is the perfect finishing touch, well done!
 
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Really amazing ! How long did you take to decide layout etc, before you actually did the work ?
 

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James' ADA 60p setup

Wow... Serious money spending there.

Very nice post, could easily be in PFK. Look forward to keeping up to date with the journal.
 

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Thank for your comments folks, much appreciated :D


ghostsword said:
Wow, great shopping list!

The setup so far looks great, so its to be a iwagumi or a mountain range? I am really looking forward to the journal.
Cheers Luis
I didn't really have a prescribed style in mind when I designed the scape. Its just my interpretation of a landscape that caught my eye whilst on holiday in Derbyshire.

Emyr said:
Very very smart. That little lot will have set you back a fair amount though.
Thanks Emyr, worth every penny though :)


nelson said:
Emyr said:
That little lot will have set you back a fair amount though.
An arm and a leg I reckon :lol: .

Very nice indeed James.A bit different to your usual style ?.
Cheers Neil
I think once the scape is grown in it won't be too much of a departure from my usual atyle


Antipofish said:
Really amazing ! How long did you take to decide layout etc, before you actually did the work ?
Thank you
I had been thinking about it on and off, since visiting Harboro rocks in the peak district in the summer

stuworrall said:
Superbly done James, great photography and great scape to finish with too!
Cheers Stu, I'm chuffed you like the photography (not as good as yours though :D )

Dan Walter said:
Mouth open, drool everywhere... Really nice set up and 'scape.

Can I ask how the ADA stands attach to the cabinet?
Thanks Dan
The arm comes with 2 rather swish stainless steel brackets which you can screw to the back of the cabinet


Cheers,
James
 

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Neat, precise and beautiful tank. Really looking forward to the growing-in and the fish.
regards,
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James Marshall

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fandango said:
Neat, precise and beautiful tank. Really looking forward to the growing-in and the fish.
regards,
fandango
Thanks Fandango


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Here's the tank at one week, I pruned the tenellus right back shortly after this shot was taken.


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At 2 weeks old the tenellus has recovered from the pruning and seems to be producing shorter leaves.
The Glosso is still growing verticaly so I've lowered the lamp 2 inches and started dosing 6ml of ADA Brighty special lights per day. Hopefully this will encourage it to horizontaly. Also added 8 Amano shrimps.

Will post week 3 shot soon.

Cheers,
James
 

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Beautiful step-by-step mate. One of the best I've seen, ever.

The 'scape is very nice, but I can't help thinking you're holding back... ;)

Have you noticed the difference in green between the two latest photos? Is that post-processing, or are the plants getting more yellow as they adjust from emergent to submerged form?
 

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I really like the scape, but it is too "safe". It actually looks like a scape that James Findley has done, one that was on the latest interview.

Merit on the execution, the steps by steps are fantastic, and a great show.


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George Farmer said:
Beautiful step-by-step mate. One of the best I've seen, ever.

The 'scape is very nice, but I can't help thinking you're holding back... ;)

Have you noticed the difference in green between the two latest photos? Is that post-processing, or are the plants getting more yellow as they adjust from emergent to submerged form?

Thank you George, much appreciated.

I do have a slightly more complex planting scheme in mind for a replant of this hardscape. However I really wanted to remind myself how to grow Glosso horizontaly in a tank that contained only fast growing varieties of plant. That way I could up the lighting and the ferts at will, without worrying about algae in my mosses.

That's a very good point you make about the different renditions of the week 1 and week 2 photos.
Very little post processing was done, looking at the rocks you can see that they are pretty much the same colour in both shots. In fact I used exactly the same colour compensation for both. To an extent this colour differential is down to the plants adjusting to their submerged state.
However, I think I under estimated the imapct of using a 5 to 1 ratio of RO to tap water for the first time. I failed to compesate for the vastly reduced nutrient levels and the plants suufered some yellowing. I have now increased the ferts and things are starting to look a little greener.


ghostsword said:
I really like the scape, but it is too "safe". It actually looks like a scape that James Findley has done, one that was on the latest interview.

Merit on the execution, the steps by steps are fantastic, and a great show.


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:lol: :lol: Firstly Luis you are very definate about your vague critism, saying "It is too safe" rather than "I think it is".
You will have to elaborate on what you mean by 'Safe' because as mentioned, I feel, it is too vague.

Secondly you seem to go on to accuse me of Plagiarism, I urge you to reinforce your claim with some photographic evidence.

Cheers,
James
 
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