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    A HUGE order of all things ADA that was ordered on Cyber Monday FINALLY came in today, looks like the holidays came early this year...




    Alan Le custom regulator is a BEAST!!! SUPER QUICK turn around and processing too!


    Among the sorting of ADA things... we had setup yet another 2g...




    Now we have a dual dining table setup with the same exact equipment... ADA cabinet photos to come soon.



    3g at week 3. Moss is growing in nicely and a longer hair grass in the rear for more depth...




    Finished and newly painted
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    Our bodies aren't ready... It's time.

    Still a few ADA things in the mail but we can start the hardscaping tonight!


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    Welcome back!

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    Looking forward to your project!

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    Thanks guys! Here's our first go at the hardscape, not finalized but at least y'all have an idea of how the rocks look in relation to the tank size.

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    Spent the morning of our Saturday chiseling rocks lol..



    Second pass at arranging the iwagumi setup with the newly chiseled rocks...



    Clearer photo of our dining table twins...




    More ADA shipment, still awaiting one last one...



    Cleaned up the cabinet and modified the inside, still missing motion sensing LED to be shipped and installed inside...

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    So.... We seriously have a problem (well... I think it's the gf that does LOL). We picked up YET ANOTHER Ultum Nature tank. This time it was a 5n which is ~5g...



    Using left over rocks from our 90p



    Full ADA regiment...




    ADA La Plata sand is one of my personal faves. It's just so natural looking and not too fine...




    This tank is on our night stand. The pleasant flow of the filter will help us sleep at night especially when we're going broke thanks to this hobby.



    Plant list for this tank are:
    - Monte carlo
    - Hairgrass
    - Hairgrass mini

    Future plans:
    - Light upgrade
    - Heater upgrade
    - Filter upgrade
    - Fish and shrimp (deciding between tetras and micro rasboras and king kong shrimp) as long as gf doesn't show up with yet another betta LOL

    Oh also caught all 3 of the tank mates in the 3g...

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    Neat!


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    Betta person who JUST discovered dwarf shrimp (but have time and space for only very very low maintenance stuff these days!)

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    Ugh I wish I can start my tank already

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    Pet Dotcom has some really neat platinum neon tetras.
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    Sooo.. how do you keep that sand clean?


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    Quote Originally Posted by banana View Post
    Sooo.. how do you keep that sand clean?


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    We use an air hose to siphon water out during water changes and hover above the sand
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    Quote Originally Posted by swoof View Post
    Pet Dotcom has some really neat platinum neon tetras.
    thanks for the referral. First time seeing them in person today. Very very beautiful fish!
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    How much are they going for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsbojo82 View Post
    How much are they going for?
    $3 per
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    Cabinet mods while waiting for plants....



    FINALLY the plants arrived overnight. Long story short, it was supposed to be delivered to me by 10:30am next day air yesterday but somehow Fedex somehow managed to F$*# up and the driver got lazy and didn't even attempt delivery even thought it had PRIORITY OVERNIGHT taped all over the package. I found out 30mins after 4 hour long calls with Fedex customer service that it was back at my local station 30mins before they were closing so I rushed to the station in 25mins and got the plants myself. If it was moss or anubias, I wouldn't have cared, but it was 5 10x10" of HC Cuba which doesn't ship well in the first place. So needless to say I was SUPER PISSED. Anyway, got the plants at 8pm and started prepping and planting. Filling started at 12am this morning and finalized the full setup with filter, co2, heater, wires, etc by 4am.....



    Just like prepping a michelin star salad...



    4am startup. FINALLY!!!!!!!!



    Shoutout to:

    - CK Fishworld (Stand, 100lbs+ of rock and random accessories)
    - Amazon for Prime
    - Aqua Forest Aquarium for ADA whoring
    - Home Depot (hardware accessories)
    - AquariumPlants.com (all plants)

    Now back to figuring out a way to pin down floating HC Cuba sigh. More photos to come!
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    Day 3 update on thE ADA 90p - been messing with the CO2 bps. We're doing daily 50% water changes with the addition of Green Bacter in order to speed up the process. Also floating HC Cuba is slightly frustrating. Sadly broke a Lily Pipe during the second water change... Otos and Amanos by this week, can't wait! Anyone know how long it usually takes HC to bounce back after planting?


    Week 1 update on the Ultum nature systems 5n - Plants are growing in crazy for no CO2 injection during the first 5 days. The hairgrass grew about half a CM overnight! Been dosing ADA Brighty K, Green Bacter, and Seachem Excel daily along with 50% water changes. We just added 10 Chili Rasboras and 7 blue shrimp last night thanks to CK Fish World. This week, we're cutting back the water changes to every other day. While the Monte Carlo new growth is starting to show itself.


    Week 2 update on this Ultum nature systems 2c - added more plants throughout to complete the layout along with CO2. Might add a few more tankmates to the Betta.
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    Updates updates updates!

    Ultum Nature 3n: Tank is still pretty slow in growth since this is our lowest tech setup. The betta is getting huge and his fins are changing colors for the better. If you compare the very first photo of this tank until now, (about 5 weeks), you can see his change. Also decided to get a single Amano for clean up duty since since algae dust is apparent.



    Ultum Nature 5n: Plants are growing pretty fast in my opinion with the monte carlo carpeting and hair grass sp. sending out runners. Normal hair grass grows faster than hair grass belem apparently. This is the second week of the tank, now full cycled and running on CO2 injection via paintball for a little over a week.




    Finally got a shot of one of the Ultum Nature 2c tank Bettas AKA Sesame. He's very elusive and coloring up very nicely!



    ADA 90p: Finally the tank is clear so we got some green neon Tetras from Bob's Tropical LA who was able to give us the best price special ordered all the way from Florida overnight. Also on the next day, 5 Zebra Otos were overnighted, which are still very very rare after 10 years and hard to find. We paid a pretty penny for all of them but so worth it being able to finally afford and own them. Lots of character. The only thing missing are shrimp in this tank which we will add once the HC sends out more runners. As far as plants go, new grow and carpeting is starting to happen during the second week. The plants in this tank took a bigger hit than the one in the 5n maybe cause they were grown emersed. Slowly but surely...



    50 Tetras (a few passed due to stressful transportation and travel but Bob's Tropical LA was kind enough to replace the doa for us!)


    Zebra Otos acclimating - I want more!


    Unfortunately one of the Otos probably got scratched on a rock or through transportation and got 'Cotton Wool' disease and now rushed into a hospital tank setup with API Pimafix and Melafix. We're hoping he pulls through since Otos are very sensitive fish. We're thinking the infection was passed onto him through one of the wild Tetras. He's still lively in his holding tank though but probably not happy at all...
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    Cleaned up the tank tonight. It's almost 2 weeks now...

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