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Memorable Night / My 20 liter ADA Nano

viktorlantos

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Before i begin to introduce my current Nano tank i would like to let you know that i am a fan and a frequent reader of UKAPS.org however i am from Hungary :D . You guys have an amazing community here and a great forum. You may not know, but you inspire a hell lot of people in the World with your daily posts. So i would like to say thank you first for this amazing site and community. Many of you inspire us to do better in aquascaping.

We're in the process of building a similar aquascaping community in Hungary. We made a few scapes before like the ones below, but this was the first time when we involved our community too.

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We had a great evening in my flat a month ago, when we created this Nano tank.
Since my flat has only a limited space and we wanted to show the moments of the setup to our community, we used live streaming for the 6! hour show... :D

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Used 2 webcams and had 25-30 people continuously on our show. We've had 2000 comments on this nite, so some of the folks had a chance to ask questions while we worked on the Nano. A very cool interactive feeling.

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Because of this i decided to name the tank to "Memorable Night" ;)

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Tank details:
Tank: ADA Cube Garden Mini M (20 liter)
Light: Started with 2 Arcadia Arc Pod 11Watt, later installed an ADA Solar Mini M lamp
Substrate: ADA Power Sand Spec S, ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia, ADA Nile Sand
Decor: ADA Dark Iron wood
Filter: EHEIM Ecco Pro 130, ADA transparent tubes. Currently i am working on to replace the original Eheim tubes to glass nano inlet and outlet.
CO2: Aqua Medic 0.5kg bottle, Papillon Regulator, Aqua Medic valve, ADA non-return valve, ADA bubble counter, Nano diffuser, ADA CO2 tubing, ADA Drop Checker
Fertilizers: In the first 2 weeks only ADA Brighty K. Currently Brighty K, Step 1, ECA, Green Brighty Spec. Lights, Easy Carbo

We used one ADA Bacter Ball for the filter start additionally to the Power Sand Spec built-in Bacter 100.

At the end of the setup:
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Plants: Taxiphyllum barbieri (Vesicularia), Pogostemon Heliferi, Didiplis diandra, Ludwigia arcuata, Urticularia graminifolia (this is gone after the setup unfortunatelly), Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba", Eleocharis parvula, Rotala sp. green, Microsorum pteropus "Narrow". Lately i added in an Xmass Moss and Fissidens too which is still shaping.

2 weeks after setup:
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All of the plants came from Tropica.

After 2 weeks my setup was up and running. I started to use the daily ferts and slowed down on water changes. The water quality was perfect so i added in 2 Otocinclus affinis and 6 Nannostomus beckfordi. An additional group of Sulawesi Cardinal shrimp will come this week. So i am getting closer to the completion phase.

The plants are growing nicely. The HC runs well. At the beginning i had to put some small stones to keep it down because of the elevated background. Now i removed them and it seems fine.

current images: need some pruning shortly.. :lol:
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Will add a glass inlet and i guess the scape will be final by then. I just need to focus on the plants from that time ;)
This is still very early, but if you compare the result with the first images from the start a month ago, i guess we did well. This was supposed to be an ADA Showcase, so we mostly used ADA stuff to bulid it.

Anyway your comments are welcome on this tank. Thanks UKAPS and to the community. The World is watching you ;)

The original images in large resolution are to be found on my Flickr account. If you're interested in the details. :D

http://www.flickr.com/photos/viktorlantos/
 

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Stu Worrall

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tank looks great viktor, especially with all that ADA gear :D . The webcast you did sounds really good and something I'd probably log on to but haven't heard of anything like that being done in the UK. If you do one again youll have to post a link up here. The HC carpet looked a lot easier than planting individual plantlets!
 

Steve Smith

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Great nano Viktor! It looks so much bigger than it actually is :) Brilliant work on the live webcast. We're hopefully setting something up for Dan's BBQ in a few weeks. I like the idea of having live chat though!

It sounds like you have a thriving aquascaping community going :)
 

viktorlantos

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Thanks guys for all of your nice comments.

Yeah live streaming is really a fun. Having a lot of people around you, chatting, laughing, joking meanwhile you're working on a setup with your friends makes the setup process a great time. Also for those people who could not afford a nicer setup they have at least an overview how that goes.

Next time if we do this i will note you ;)
I also would enjoy to be a part of your BBQ streaming ;)

stuworrall,
The HC planting was easier this way and as i see this spreading much quicker than it would do with plantlets. In 1 month the HC doubled its size and gave a very dense feeling. Of course in a larger tank this may not work as you need to buy too much of it. But for a nano this was perfect.
 

LondonDragon

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Great set of tanks Viktor, and the nano looks brilliant. I have a friend in Budapest, might visit sometime soon ;)

Dan Crawford said:
Lovely nano and the webcast idea is great.
Tonser said:
So how do we webcast the Ukaps BBQ then :lol: Tony
LD is already on it ;)
Yep its all basically setup, just need to perform a couple of tests and thats it ;) then its just setting it up on the day ;)
 

George Farmer

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Hi Viktor

Thanks very much for the kind words about UKAPS. It is great to hear that we have an international reputation.

The tanks look great! Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work! :D
 

rawr

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This tank looks well professional, top class mate! ;)

And the webcast idea sounds great! Let us know about the UKAPS BBQ webcast, sounds interesting.
 

fish.com1

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Very nice tank and equipment :) Those pictures really show how pink the arcpod's light are, it looked much better with the ADA solar lamp.
 

John Starkey

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Hi viktor,exellent thread and some superb nano tanks,you have some talented aquascapers in hungary ,regards john
 

TBRO

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Very nice nature look. I like the idea of a tank party night - Beer has plenty of CO2

T
 

viktorlantos

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Today i shoot some new photos on this nano. Sorry guys i did not prepared well, no spec cleaning, additional lighting or equipment removal. This is more of a progress report now.

The green Eheim inlet will be replaced next week to a glass one. So no more green other than the leaves ;)

For high resolution version please check my flickr page:

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Same shot as above just cutted to fit the screen:

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ceg4048

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Nice one Viktor. I agree with you. I ditched my awful green spraybars as well. Can't wait to see the effects of the fabulous glass one. Please update as soon as you get it :!:

Cheers,
 
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