Stu's Black Lava Mini M Nano Scape

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  1. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's my ADA Mini M which i recently re-scaped for Tropica. Its not a big and detailed scape but I had some nice black lava I wanted to use and wanted a nice contrasty setup to go next to the TV :)

    I cut some of the lava with a Stihl Saw to get it flat against the glass where I wanted it.

    Hardscape: Black Lava Stone
    Co2: Pressurised via diffuser into Do! Aqua diffuser
    Lighting: ADA 27W Solar Mini
    Filtration: ADA Superjet ES-600. Cal Aqua nano outlet. Do! Aqua mini inlet.
    Heating: Sky box underneath :)
    Substrate: ADA Amazonia, Tropica Plant Substrate, Activated Carbon
    Ferts: Tropica Plant growth Premium and Normal - 1-2ml per day
    Critters: Red Cherry Shrimp, Endler Guppies


    Note, the plants and ferts in here have been kindly sponsored by Tropica so big thanks to them for this and supporting our hobby and UKAPS. This also means there are a few test plants in there.

    Plants
    Marsilea crenata as 1-2-Grow
    HC Cuba 1-2 grow
    Eleocharis sp mini
    Hygrophila pinnatifida
    Staurogyne repens

    Hydrocotyle verticillata


    Empty slightly clean tank!

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    002_X_SWP_6692 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Plant Substrate ready to go in

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    003_X_SWP_6697 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Tropica Plant Substrate in

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    004_X_SWP_6700 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Amazonia in

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    005_X_SWP_6702 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    heaped at the back for depth

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    006_X_SWP_6705 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    I tried a few layouts...

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    007_X_SWP_6710 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    and ended up with this

    note the left and right sides of the lava are flush to the glass due to the clean cut from the saw

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    009_X_SWP_6719 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    planting starts after wetting the soil

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    011_X_SWP_6746 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    planting complete. I wanted to get a carpet of the new Marselia so most of that went to the front.

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    012_X_SWP_6750 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    half filled. A bit mucky as I had re-used my aquasoil

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    013_X_SWP_6755 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Filled and looking like the amazon in the rainy season! ie cloudy!

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    014_X_SWP_6756 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr
     

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  2. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    After a few weeks it settled down.

    Unfortunately my Fluval 205 gave up the ghost and wouldnt stop pissing the contents of the tank all over the floor so I had to replace it with my ADA superjet.

    Previously Ive always had problems setting up this nano with algae creeping in and BBA, thread and dusty algae have been prevalent. I always attributed this to the very high level of light right above the tank from the solar mini but this time, aside from the usual bit of green on the glass, Ive had zero problems. The main change to the tank from previous is the addition of the superjet and Im wondering if the filter medium made up entirely of activated carbon is helping it out? Answers on a postcard please.

    The Marselia went through its conversion to immersed where the cloverleaf changes to one single. The carpet will take a while with this plant but Ive had more success with it than Glosso which I can never quite get right. Its also a lot smaller.

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    001_X_SWP_7091 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    My pencilfish found a temporary home in here for a few weeks.

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    002_X_SWP_7096 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Carpet

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    003_X_SWP_7106 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    The Valley of Hygrophila pinnatifida, Staurogyne repens and Hydrocotyle verticillata

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    004_X_SWP_7110 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Co2

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    005_X_SWP_7121 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Marselia and HC growing on rock

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    006_X_SWP_7132 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    shrimp

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    007_X_SWP_7141 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    The valley

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    008_X_SWP_7142 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    FTS

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    009_X_SWP_7153 by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    more updates to come. Ive got video but no idea how to edit it!
     

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  3. Alastair

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    Another awe inspiring set up mate. I dont know where you pluck all your hardscape layouts so easily from. I noticed that at telford. You seem to just chuck them out.
    Glad to finally see this up. Gorgeous mate. .

    Ps I think carbon has some impact on reducing algae. Read it on here before but will find the link.
     
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  4. Curvball

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    Very cool as always. I like the mixture of plants.
     
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  5. Martin in China

    Martin in China Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    The black lava rocks work well and give a great contrast with the green plants.
     
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  6. Lee Sweeting

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    Looking amazing Stu. :)


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    Pinnatifida is already in emersed form. Looks smashing.
     
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  8. StevenA

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    Superb Stu, I particularly like the valley and the contrast with the lava rock is stunning.
     
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    Excelent scape Stu, once again you create another masterpiece and show how good lava stone can be used on planted tanks, not many people venture with it.
     
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    Very nice indeed Stu, another winner for sure! Your scapes and plant choice are always spot on mate - well done :)
     
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    Like what Alastair said...very inspiring...
     
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  12. Alexander Belchenko

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    Lava rock rocks! Great scape.
    Just wonder what do you plan to do with pinnatifida when it starts to grow big as it usual does.
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    A refreshing change from the usual, never realised how well lava rock worked, always tended to ignore it.
    Nice one stu.
     
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    Stunning
     
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    that really is a cracking set-up :)
     
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    Cracker Stu! Loving the green against the black lava rock. Well done
     
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    Lovely again Stu.
    May need some additional heat source though as the tv won't be getting much use with that beside it :) lol.
     
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    Lovely looking set up. The greenery against the black lava rock works really well :clap:

    Cheers
    Martin
     
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    Superb scape, love the lava rock stu, placement is perfect too looks like two beautiful pieces of unzan stone, spot on mate :clap:
     
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    Thanks for the positive feedback everyone. The pencilfish went back in the 90cm the other week after it got re-scaped as this was a temporary home as its too small for them long term.

    We've now got some Endler Guppies in there thanks to TGM as this is technically my daughters tank to look after ;)

    It had a trim last night so Ill get some new pics up soon

    Cheers Al. I dunno about where they come from. Lots of research from books mainly and plucking ideas from several scapes. I wont lie when I say I take lots of inspiration from some amazing scapers from around the world.

    I had the valley in mind when I started it. Tropica wanted a tank with hydrocotyle in so I thought the best use of it would be up the middle in small nano.


    Cheers Paulo. Lava is a funny one to work with but the green has a nice contrast

    Its working wuite well in this one. As soon as it gets any height I chop it at the bottom and re-plant. Its started to get really bushy now.

    lol! My wife always has the heating up so theres no chance of it getting cold and the sky box in the cab underneath keeps everything warm too

    Cheers Bog snr :) I might try some wood with it next time

    Thanks :) I had thought of doing a mini unzan landsape but it would have been difficult with the plant list. maybe in the future...
     
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