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Just set this up today. Let's watch it grow together.

Tank:
ADA 90-P

Substrate:
ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia
Power Sand Special M
Tourmaline BC
Penac P and W

Plants:
Cyperus helferi
Isoetes japonica
Java Fern var. Narrow
Susswassertang
Hygrophila "Kompakt"
Cryptocoryne Wendtii Red
Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Tropica" (bronze)
Liliaeopsis brasilensis
Java Moss
Eleocharis acicularis
Echinodorus tenellus

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That looks really nice. I totally dig this layout.

-Dave
 

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Thanks guys.
Water changes and SeaChem EXCEL help big time with BBA. Hit it hard with EXCEL at the first sight of BBA. I hate that stuff.

Also remove old leaves often from Cyperus. That's almost always where BBA forms.
 

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Jeff:

Where did you get the Isoetes japonica? I have looked at several on-line places including Charley and no one seems to have them.
 

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Your tank looks great. I am going to be setting up a tank using ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia. What is the Power Sand Special M for? Looks or does it serve a purpose? Thanks
 

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Great start, though I worry the background might be too 'wall-like' and symmetrical.

Is that Malaysian driftwood? It seems to be much redder than Manzanita. I like it.
 

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I am strongly considering purchasing several bags of soils and whatnot to do a tank in the future. buy it when I get my money handy. This is amazing
 

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regarding symmetry concerns, there si much you can't see in this photo. Tenellus will spread quickly-- faster than Lilaeopsis, so I planted very sparely to balance the growth over time. There's some individual plants on the sides not visible in this shot. The back will not be so much of a wall-- there is a space off-center. The Bronze crypt will offset the midground. Give it time my friends. I don't do straight symmetry. I am aware of it from at every step, but center mound orientation like this calls for some species repetition on either side. This shot is literally minutes after completion of planting.

Isoetes should be plentiful out there! It shows once again how far behind we are on plants availability and confusion about names. That plant should be very common and available everywhere. We get it direct from Florida Aquatic Nurseries (whose quality lately has been very poor, BTW). The confusion is likely that they call it "Octopus plant", so no one knows what the hell it is. That's a shame. One day someone will step up and give those guys a run for their money and grow just the best plants and the ones we readily use in aquascaping (I mean you still can't easily get green Rotala rotundifolia! That should be the bread-and-butter stemmed plant of them all!) watch out, it just might be us here pretty soon ; )

Power sand provides a porous under layer to the Aqua Soil for harboring microorganisms and beneficial bacteria. It helps to maintain oxygenation and circulation through the substrate as well. Amano used Power sand even before developing Aqua Soil.

The wood is a type we get long ago and shall never see again. It's mot Malaysian, and I am not sure what the species is, but it was great while it lasted. We still have some stockpiled and get old pieces out of other tanks as we re-do them. So we keep it in circulation even though we have not been able to buy it for years now.

Yes-- Susswassertang is just tied using ADA Riccia Line to a little piece of wood placed in the mid area.
 

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I was also wondering about the subwassertang. I've been trying to just cram some between some branches of driftwood and it keeps sliding off. Guess I'll have to break down and tie it on....

I like your tank. It's amazing how well it can look so quickly if you use enough plants to begin with. :D
 

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I was wondering the same thing. I saw your name on this and got excited to see your new creation, but no pic. :(
 

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One day someone will step up and give those guys a run for their money and grow just the best plants and the ones we readily use in aquascaping (I mean you still can't easily get green Rotala rotundifolia! That should be the bread-and-butter stemmed plant of them all!) watch out, it just might be us here pretty soon ; )
:hungry: Mmmm! Another reason to spend money at ADGshop (as if the October shipment wasn't reason enough).
 
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