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post #1 of 249 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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My 1st ADA, The Mini L

after seeing all the nano tanks on this site, I really wanted one of my own. I was thinking about getting a cube tank, but after seeing the mini L in person, I knew this was the tank.

I've always liked the look of petrified wood and wanted to do a scape with no wood. I picked out some nice rocks and a 9L bag of aquasoil.
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After looking around for a stand and light, I was thinking that I made a mistake in this size tank. It's really hard to find a nice light that doesn't hang, but still looks attractive next to this tank. After hours of looking around, I decided on the Archaea 36w clip on with a 6500k bulb.
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I have a question, I never used or handled petrified wood.... Does it sink? Is it heavy like a rock or light? Thank you, can't wait for updates.
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Now that I knew what light I was using, it was time to find a stand. Easy right, wrong.

Again, this size tank just makes it not easy to find one. I know ADA sells one, but $700 is just out of the question. I was just about to start planning on building one and my wife calls me from Walmart of all places and tells me she thinks she found one. Later that evening we go to look at it and she was right. The color and size are perfect. $129 and we are out!

I get home and start building it and notice a big crack in the top piece. Murphy’s law right. This was the last one at that Walmart, so I called it a night and told myself to worry about it the next morning.

The next day I start searching for another Walmart with this in stock and guess what, I find one and they have it on sale for $59. Woo Hoo! I was so mad when I saw the crack, but things just happen for a reason.

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forgot the pic of the stand.
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I have a question, I never used or handled petrified wood.... Does it sink? Is it heavy like a rock or light? Thank you, can't wait for updates.
Yes, it's heavy like a rock. What you see is about 18lbs of petrified wood.
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Im with you on the petrified wood!

If you arent privy- look up "Nazlini" on ebay.

Its the petrified wood of the gods... Absolutely the most ridiculous rocks ever.

My entrie 125 is petrified wood but no Nazlini. Its so different looking you would need to JUST use that and my tank was too big to fill.

Maybe keep it in mind for next time! Im looking for a piece for my ADA 60F but being really picky.

Also if you aren't familiar- use the word "round" when searching for petirifed wood. It means its an entire section of tree trunk!

I want a Nazlini Round for my 60F.

I almost regret posting this info cause I dont want a bidding war!

Nice wood you already have! Not trying to say otherwise!
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Wow that Nazlini is amazing. Great info, thank you. I'll keep it mind for a re-scape down the road.
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a quick pic of the tank, stand and light.
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Looking spiffy.


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Did you get the tank from Jojos?
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Did you get the tank from Jojos?
Sure did. Best shop in Sacramento IMO.
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Did you pick it up today? I saw it when I was there yesterday around 1 something buying my thermometer..
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Did you pick it up today? I saw it when I was there yesterday around 1 something buying my thermometer..
No I got mine about 2 weeks ago. I saw the new Mini L and 60p too the other day.
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