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Old 04-02-2006, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Another great event with live presentation.

Thanks to Erin for hosting this presentation, thanks to DVAGA for organizing this get-together and last but not least thanks to Jeff Senske ADG for his excellent presentation. Step by step explanation, product knowledge, aquascape knowledge combined with amazing ADA products = successful final layout.

Jeff and Mike Senske (ADG) are doing a lot for this hobby (*from personal experience). Show support by visiting their website and ADA store.

http://www.aquariumdesigngroup.com/


Here are few pictures, Enjoy !

1) ADA fertilizers


2) Wood


3) Jeff preparing for presentation


4) Aquasoil and Powersand


5) Erin's 120G setup


6) Jeff preparing first layer - ADA sand (* notice divider !)


7) Powersand on the back ONLY ! - very think layer !


Powersand covered with Aquasoil (* notice thickness of Aquasoil !)


9) Sand / Powersand / Aquasoil layers are done - divider removal


10) Dry aquascape done !


11) Jason is holding "Salad Bar"


12) Jeff planting anubias


13) Jeff attaching small rocks to anubias


14) Some of the plants used in this aquascape


15) Top view


16) Audience


17) Those that left until the end - group photo


18 ) Final aquascape !
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Old 04-02-2006, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, Erin, that's some setup you have! Looks like you all had a blast. Very nice writeup, too!

I look forward to seeing this scape's development.
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Thank you John. We did have a blast and learned a lot in the process. I'm really looking forward to watching the tank progress and seeing how the ADA products work. Particularly the Iron Bottom and the Multi Bottom root fertilizers Jay featured in the first photos.

Very nice photos Jay.
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Great photo report, Jay!

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I love little journals like this, very nice photos guys and great result, how long would a workshop presentation like this normally last out of interest? I would imagine a few hours, I think i would be there until the end as well, but no such events around here im afraid, you guys should consider yourselves lucky that you have access to such great events.

Very nice post Jay and a great result for Erin!
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Zig,

The whole thing was about 6 hours for the demo, with about 3 hours prep and clean up time. It was a blast to take part in every second of it. There were so many high points.
-Watching jeff work was a pleasure. You can tell he owns his skill like any master. Even the way he preens plants shows that.
-Also, seeing the ADA line was truly amazing. I know there is a bunch of uproar on pricing and all that, but i can tell you this; That stuff is worth every penny. Seeing the product up and close, the quality is absolutely obvious!! I will never buy another substrate.
-Then there was meeting the whole crew. You read these guys every day and then meet them in person, it is truly a pleasure.

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Moss thread!!!...Now thats just being ridiculous
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Moss thread!!!...Now thats just being ridiculous
I think we all feel the same way as you when we first read about ADA products. However, slowly each of us come to an understanding of not only the quality of the ADA products, but more importantly is the whole point of ADA products.

ADA is designed for us...... Our corner in the aquarium hobby has long been over looked, and to a lot of degree, it still is. We have unique needs that have solutions that apply only to our hobby.

Many of these solutions can be solved in convention approaches. Jeff Senske did a great job of explaining many of the things he has tried over the years. Remember, Jeff is a hobbiest just like us.......and he was way before he ever got his hands on an ADA product.

He said, as many have said, "you can tie this moss with regular thread, or you can tie this anubias down with normal landscaping tie". But the point is that amano has devoted his life to our hobby. The moss thread is colored perfectly for moss. The wood tie is colored perfectly for wood. That is the point; to take our hobby to the next level, he created products that are specifically for us and our needs.

You have to understand that what you are buying is a solution made specifically for us. You are buying a product that has no short comings....

"Well this substrate looks good, but effects the water or plants adversly. This diffusor works really well, but it will break if i bump it too many times during weekly cleaning. This lighting is brite, but i dont love the color." You will never say these things with ADA. The ADA products are designed by somebody who understands what we go through. There are no shortcomings in these products.

When anyone gets their hands on an ADA product and then one wraps their head around the reasoning behind ADA, you immediately understand.

After all, we are a skeptical bunch of hobbiests, and we dont quite have the spiritual approach that the japanese do. Because of this, we will be skeptical on price and functionality. But I can tell you as can every single person who has touched an ADA product, the quality and craftsmanship is really unmatched, and the price that you think is high really just ensures that more quality products will come out to solve that problems that are unique to our hobby. Amano lives this hobby. His life is surrounded by balance and nature.

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Nice layout. Erin, I don't think you'll have any problem maintaining that. My problem would be that I'd ruin the aquascape during maintenance.lol

So we know Jason's the one holding the plants, and obviously who Jeff is, but let's put some names to the rest of the faces in the pics.
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Thank you Brad. It should be very easy to maintain.

I'm not sure everyone wants to be unmasked Brad so I'll leave that up to others.

I will tell you that I look nothing like my avatar.
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