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Just got back from a 10day vacation in Hong Kong. I had my parents come over to our place everyday to take care of the fish with instructions written in Chinese for them LOL

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AFTER TRIP:





Hair grass grew in like CRAZY in the left tank and the Rotala really filled the background up. However, unfortunately the CO2 ran out half way during our trip and algae took over the left tank, but nothing a tooth brush and a good scrub couldn't handle. First thing we did after a 19hr plane ride was come home for water changes and CO2 refill. The tanks are doing better with algae being closely monitored and lighting bumped down one level. Hoping the Rotala on the right tank doesn't suffer since it seems to not like change at all. The growth rate of the hair grass really took me by surprise. Side note is that I ordered some new CO2 equipment for better diffusion in these tanks.

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As you can see the slow HC Cuba grew in a bit more and the hair grass got even thicker. We had trimmed the hair grass before we left. We also bought a Dwarf Puffer and 6 Assassin Snails for snail control. Came back to a relatively cleaner tank (still have snails but not as much) and a super bloated Puffer. We suspect he preyed on the Assassins too. This ADA 90p will need a full trim in the coming week as the Aquasoil is completely covered now. Still messing with bumping the CO2 since we got our tap water tested and it's pretty hard so the bubble count and the CO2 drop check even at the right settings is still too low. We'll have to judge by the fish instead.

HONG KONG

AquaHome - An ADA distributor in Hong Kong that only does planted tanks. Amazing tanks and for such limited space in Hong Kong, they had a couple 100g tanks along with 50g's on display. We bought as much ADA stuff here as we could. Super nice peeps.



AquaArt - Another ADA distributor owned by a scaper who has ranked super high in the previous ADA contests. Super cool tanks as well and a bit of Wabi-Kusa on display


This is how lots of fish, shrimp and plants are sold in Hong Kong due to space limitations


 

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This is how lots of fish, shrimp and plants are sold in Hong Kong due to space limitations


Do those fish and shrimp stay in the bags until they are sold? It surprises me that they would survive very long that way. But, very interesting, so thank you for the photos.
 

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Our dueling dual Ultum Nature Systems 20c were hit by algae during our vacation so it's been a full week of care and attention. We think we're winning against algae. We even bought the new ADA Pro Brush to help us clean it. And if you're wondering... it works amazingly. Also upgraded the CO2 diffusion a bit with the Do!aqua hanging glassware. Now it looks way simpler and better! The battle continues with more clean ups and brushing during the coming week.




How our ADA 90p looks after our weekly water change and maintenance. We're starting to fill it back up with fish which include several more Zebra Otocinclus along the way and Neon Green/Yellow Rasboras. The Rasboras seem to be a lot more lively than the Neon Green Tetras we had previously. This tank is due for a serious major trim next weekend. We've been bumping the CO2 up even more so the plants are growing even faster now.

 

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Not much to report on the 5g nightstand nano other than the fact that we have a new and much much brighter LED on order. Plants aren't growing as fast as they should even with ferts and CO2.

 

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Just got a new LED setup for the nightstand 5n and had it set up last night, now this tank won't need a dinky 3w LED anymore. Yes, the plants were growing that well with the dinky LED.

 

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Weekly update on the 90p and 5n.


Gave all the walls and rocks a good scraping. Next week will be time for a huge trimming and glassware cleaning process...


Monte Carlo is now growing quicker with the upgraded LED and we're not even using it at full power. Going to mess with the CO2 in this tank now that we have higher output LED. It's about to grow out of control.
 

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Time for a weekly update....

We finally gave the ADA 90p a much much needed trim and needless to say... It still looks like it hasn't been trimmed FML LOL! there was a full bucket worth of hair grass and HC we trimmed I swear my arms were covered in it... Anyway, we'll see how the plants grow back. It's nice and thick right now. This week, we'll clean the pipes and add in a few more Neon Green Rasbora for a larger school.



Took a quick break between our weekly water changes and went reclaimed wood shopping. We must say, we're pretty handy when it comes to DIY stuff like this :D spent a good minute thinking of how nice a reclaimed wood/industrial fish tank cabinet would look.



Natural waxed reclaimed on the left vs raw on the right. Pretty nice right?



Back to the dueling tank setups. The algae seems to be slowly going away on it's on. The plants are def growing so thats a real good thing.

 

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Here's our weekly update. Didn't have much time for updates last week due to the fact that we adopted a mixed Terrier pup runt. He's @toyonotthetire on IG if you like puppies. And in case you were wondering.... here he is.... weighing in at 3.3lbs




Now back to the tanks. The Ultum Nature Systems 5n is now overrun by plant growth thanks to the new LED setup. The former sandy path that leads to the back is now non-existant but we kinda actually like the sandy patch that's been left open. We'll be leaving it to grow more for the next week before we do a massive trim.



As for the dueling dinning table setups the battle with algae is almost won. We've been spot overdosing with Flourish Excel for a few weeks now and it seems to be slowly working.



And then comes a new setup. Not really a setup but a temporary hospital and plant holding tank as I've joined a scaping contest that's coming up very soon. We got this tank, co2 system and lighting by ADA all used for super cheap from multiple sources. And on top of that I found all my old ADA stuff at my parents so we put it to good use. The plant growth is doing extremely well given that it's only been a week.



It's not much of a looker and you could say it looks dutch style but it does what it needs to do. Maybe we'll throw in some micro fish just for kicks to make it a bit more lively. In the near future this tank will be replacing one of the nanos that are currently running.
 

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Awesome updates!

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the fish markets. Makes me nostalgic. Back when I was a kid I would go to many fish markets while visiting my family in Guangzhou, but I haven't been there in years.

I love the two adjacent betta tanks. Do they see and interact with each other?

In the Ultum Nature Systems 5n is that Eleocharis vivipara? Or just regular dwarf hairgrass in a very short tank?
 

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Awesome updates!

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the fish markets. Makes me nostalgic. Back when I was a kid I would go to many fish markets while visiting my family in Guangzhou, but I haven't been there in years.

I love the two adjacent betta tanks. Do they see and interact with each other?

In the Ultum Nature Systems 5n is that Eleocharis vivipara? Or just regular dwarf hairgrass in a very short tank?
Should go back now. So much more. I go back to Hong Kong about every 2 years.

The Bettas do see each other 24/7 haha.

It's Eleocharis A and mini belem.
 

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So here's the weekly updates...

The ADA 90p is looking nice, green and full. I'm thinking a handful more rasboras and this tank is set. Took some time to give it a deeper cut than last time and it looks better. Even the older growth isn't yellow anymore. We can finally say we have a thick carpet of HC that only took 4 months and a lot of dosing/co2 changes to figure out. We just switched to ADA Step 2 for micros so the plants might take a hit. Trying to dose slightly less since Step 2 is more concentrated than Step 1. We'll see how this week goes cause in a high tech tank, algae can grow fast so we'll know if we're overdosing, if not then we'll slowly bump Step 2 up to where Step 1 is but in theory we shouldn't have to if you follow what I'm saying.



Here's a clearer photo of the ADA 45f holding tank with 2 Amano shrimp for simple algae clean up. The plants are thriving and totally skipped the die off period that you would normally see. It's just barely two weeks from setup.



The Ultum Nature 5n is doing great. A major trim is due this weekend. We might be out of town for a day so it might have to wait, but look at that crazy hair grass. No more hair grass in future tanks cause it's a pretty invasive plant given just a little co2 and it will take off like crazy. We add a handful of pygmy cory cats in there. Very nice little fish.



And finally the dueling dining table setup is looking clean. I usually trim the steam plants on the right tank every week just to shape it and so that we end up with a nice rounded bush. The tank on the left is due for a second trim soon too.



Here's the CO2 setup for this tank in case y'all were wondering...



Whew... so many updates. @toyonotthetire is pooped!

 

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Decided to try something different and record a video of the ADA 90p this week just to show you all how it's like to watch this tank that sits in our dining room. Enjoy!


Also, very upsetting news is the betta on the left tank has unfortunately made a leap of death while we we're out and here's the most recent photo of him before his death :( He was our first fish together and went through a lot. RIP Toast the Betta... we might rehome another betta or turn it into a a shrimp tank. We'll see.....

 

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So here's a HUGE UPDATE for you all cause we've been super busy with the following:

Here's how the Ultum Nature 5n looks on our nightstand and we switched it around after our ADA Super Jet 150 canister filter finally cycled







Then recently we attended Pet Expo and entered into the aquascaping contest. It was our first live contest. We placed 3rd and were really happy with that.

We were to scape a Fluval tank that is around 7g and taller in size that we were normally used to. The original idea was to go with our typical rock only hardscape however we noticed that as we were scaping the day before that we realized that we needed more height and the rocks just didn't do that so we had to scramble last minute to get spider wood, silicone glue and super glue. Notice the foam board model in the exact tank dimensions to ensure that our scape would fit and we could just literally lift it out of the foam model and place it into the contest tank the day of.


While finalizing the scape, after the mad rush to local places for wood, and figuring out if the glue would hold the scape together, we marked off where we would plant certain plants


It all started to turn out to look like an elementary school project. Some wet moss was placed on places of wood to hide the glued scape and to see how it would look. In total, we glued together 3 wood pieces and 4 twigs to the rocks. We didn't even know if the glue would stick because 2 hours before the show, we decided to glue one more piece to the scape.


After careful transporting for an hour, we got to show with only 4 hours to plant and setup the tank up. After filling with water, here's how the tank looked. It took us a total of 3 hours. Shoutout to FLUVAL.




In the end we came in 3rd but was very proud of our accomplishment!


This was first place by BUCEPLANT.com


Remember that ADA 45-F we were using as a plant holding/hospital tank? Well, we were using that tank to grow out plants for this contest and just take a look at this monthlong progress!


The night before the contest, we took the plants out and cleared it out


The next day after the contest we drove back to transport the tank back and had to re-setup at home




Just took this photo last night of the tank and 2 weeks later with a new Betta addition. We named this new blue betta, RED lol.


In other news, our full ADA 60p setup is now all here after parts collecting for a month.













Hardscape test #1
 

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The quality of your pictures, makes me want to buy that phone / camera just for the pic quality... New tank looks astounding I love the red in the upper corner, definitely love the whole scape. Other tanks look beautiful as usual; and the puppy :)
 
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