Stu's ADA Mini M nano - Seiryu scape

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  1. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi All. Long time no scape!

    As the wedding season has now tailed off I decided to re-do my nano with some seiryu Ive had for a few years but never used.


    Specs


    Tank: ADA Cube Garden Mini M - 36x22x26cm / 5mm optiwhite glass
    Hardscape: Seiryu Stone
    Co2: Pressurised via Do!Aqua Music Glass - Mini 10D, Music Counter and ADA grey parts set
    Lighting: ADA Mini-M - Solar 27W light
    Filtration: Fluval 205 external to
    Outlet - Cal Aqua Nano outlet
    Inlet - Do!Aqua Violet Glass mini MV-1 13D
    Heating: None as its in a centrally heated room.
    Substrate: ADA Power Sand Special topped with a mix of new and recycled ADA Amazonia - Penac P & W and tourmaline for good measure (yes i know its not needed but i might as well use what I have!)
    Ferts per day: TPN + and Brighty K then EI to follow when I run out of TPN
    Critters: Red Cherry Shrimp, fish undecided yet
    plants to include - fissidens, 1-2 grow HC, hairgrass mini, hydro sp japan, amania SP bonsai.

    Here's the tank stripped down, cleaned then had the powders and power sand added. removed from the edges so it doesnt show then covered with amazonia

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    ada mini m 1 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Initial hardscape then added another and wetted as I wasn't happy with the back left. There are 5 stones in there and the big stone is actually made up of 2 which slotted together nice

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    ada mini m 2 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Planting of the grass and HC started. Really love the mini grass out of the 1-2 grow as its so much easier to cut sections than with rock wool. I didn't do too well with the HC though. I bought tow pots and they stayed in the same place waiting to go in but one changed colout to an off green and the other was ok. When they went into the tank you could see the difference and the upshot is that the off green has melted and the other is doing fine :(

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    ada mini m 3 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Planted up and running. I decided to grade my amazonia so the bottom layer is sieved big particles then the top is what was left over plus powder.

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    ada mini m 4 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Its had two water changes since but im having to keep the flow real slow otherwise it blasts away the slope on the left!
     
  2. Ian Holdich

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    nice layout Stu, the main rock(s) is a monster! Tis another winner.
     
  3. Stu Worrall

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    cheers Ian. Will see how it pans out. I had wanted to use a bigger main rock and nothing else but im keeping the big ones for my 90cm re-scape :)
     
  4. Gary Nelson

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    A great display, it's going to look fab when it fills in.... Good luck at aquatics live too mate :thumbup:
     
  5. Antoni

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    Cracking hardscape! I'm sure this will be a top scape, Stu!

    Is the seiryu stone, affecting the kH a lot? Have you got any observations?

    Antoni
     
  6. jack-rythm

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    Cool rock formation!

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
     
  7. Stu Worrall

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    Thanks all, sorry for the late reply but dont seem to be getting emails through from ukaps

    Thanks Gary. hope to see you there too this year if you're going.

    Ta Jack :)
    Not sure on the KH as I dont measure my water but you can bet it will be increasing it a bit. Its getting 2 day water changes at the moment so will be back to tap water levels every time its changed.
     
  8. tim

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    stunning hardscape stu do anticipate much in the way of algae issues on hardscape with it being close to the light source in parts very nice layout
     
  9. Stu Worrall

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    Possibly but I'll just get the toothbrush and shrimps on the job :)
     
  10. Stu Worrall

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    The tank had its first trim last night. The stems at the back had reached the surface so theyve been chopped and re-planted. also some of the HC was starting to rise and some was creeping so the rising stuf has been chopped. The tnak has been getting 2 day water changes at the moment and fingers crossed no signs of algae yet. will take a pic tonight for an update
     
  11. jvcdk

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    This is a very bold scape. It looks 'odd' to have the rock sticking out like that, but this makes the layout unique. I think people should worry less about what looks natural and rather focus on what looks interesting.
     
  12. Stu Worrall

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  13. Ben22

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    beautiful layout looks great, will be good to see some fish soon to even the scope out.
     
  14. Crystal Red

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    That looks great Stu - I love Seiryu scapes.

    if only they were inert :(

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  15. Stu Worrall

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    a couple of weeks growth. algae seems to be kept at bay apart from some i removed from the glass. Its had one trim and is now due another to keep the HC low.

    Ive also added from endler guppies from TGM at the request of my daughter as Ive been promising her some fish for ages! also popped a few cherry shrimps in too.

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    ADA mini m by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr
     
  16. Stu Worrall

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    it had a big trim. Had some algae creeping in after I didnt get around to doing a water change for a week and a half but its back on track now. Started trying to use the seachem ferts on it but its super hard to work out on a 20L when 7ml will do 270l !!

    some updates on the growth at 6 weeks. oh and I got a macro lens :D

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    ADA Mini M Nano - 6 Weeks Growth by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Red Cherry

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    ADA Mini M Nano - Red Cherry Shrimp by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    some stone and Mini SP Hairgrass

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    ADA Mini M Nano - Seiryu by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Ammania SP Bonsai

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    ADA Mini M Nano - Amania SP Bonsai by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

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    ADA Mini M Nano - Cherry Shrimp by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    An example of the substrate, course at the bottom for water flow and fine at the to for planting

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    ADA Mini M Nano - Substrate Example by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    A bubble next to some HC and a new plant from Tropica - Ludwigia Palustris

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    ADA Mini M Nano - Bubble in HC by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr
     
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  17. Dave Spencer

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    Looking good, Stu.

    Regards, Dave
     
  18. viktorlantos

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    Cheers Stu, how you find the Solar Mini? In the past when i used i found it to be very powerful above this small tank. So i had kind of a continous battle to keep up the balance. Of course the small tank size not helped at all :) Seems like you also have similar issues, but i would be appreciate to hear your thoughts on it.
     
  19. Stu Worrall

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    Cheers both. Yes I do find the Solar Mini a bit too bright Viktor, especially when youve got a low plant mass in there. Ive been keeping on top of this one by regular water changes but I have thought of designing a difuser that will cut down the light and let the heat out as it will make my life a bit easier!
     
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  20. Arana

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    Another Stunner Stu:clap:
     

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