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I'm personally not getting one. Even my new 12" cube is getting AquaticMagic glassware on it, lol. Only thing I'm going ADA on it are the substrate, sand and rocks....and AQUASKY, regardless of the shoddy acrylic work. Mini M was my ADA splurge. ADA isn't the god of everything but it sure looks nice. I'm quite content with offbrand pipes/diffusers/etc. CO2 and large tank filtration? I'd honestly rather build my own rig and do a nice sump with a Mame overflow/return. Same deal with large controllable T5 fixtures vs expensive ADA MH pendants.
I go kind of along the same line as you. Love the soil and the tanks. Everything else I try other companies and options. To go ALL ADA is just waay to much $$ ... For me at least. At this moment.
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Dropped by the shop and picked up mine today
Nice. What tank is it going on?
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Nice. What tank is it going on?
probably my mini-m. It was using 2 of the mini red sea HOB filters, but I'm going to swap on a canister. They had one running at AFA today, and I got to see it in action. It's great for small tanks because you can get a really powerful filter but due to the shape of the pipe and the spinning part, it reduces flow so that it won't overwhelm the tank in habitants.
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Yeah. The 10mm ADA outflow is really strong on a Mini M until your filter gets nice and clogged with bacteria. Don't even think about turning it full blast on a freshly planted tank or open soil.....I know all about that.
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So what's the deal with it? How is it special? (not meant to be snarky, I just actually don't undertsand what it does! XP)


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So what's the deal with it? How is it special? (not meant to be snarky, I just actually don't undertsand what it does! XP)
Swirls the flow instead of shooting it into a straight line so you can use larger filters on smaller tanks without destroying your layout in the setup phase and throughout the life of the tank.
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A good design finally.

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Nice! I'd love one of these for my shrimp tank... when I have one.


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Dropped by the shop and picked up mine today


Hey IWANNAGOFAST,
can you please do a mini review! IDK if I want to purchase this bcuz theres not a lot of reviews (vids). If you can do a small vid that would be awesome! Much appreciated. thanks!
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Re: AFA has lily pipe spin

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Hey IWANNAGOFAST,
can you please do a mini review! IDK if I want to purchase this bcuz theres not a lot of reviews (vids). If you can do a small vid that would be awesome! Much appreciated. thanks!
There are tons on ada view.

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Hey IWANNAGOFAST,
can you please do a mini review! IDK if I want to purchase this bcuz theres not a lot of reviews (vids). If you can do a small vid that would be awesome! Much appreciated. thanks!

I don't have a tank ready yet to hook it up to so can't shoot anything yet.

But from what I saw at the shop, they had a 2232 ehiem on full blast on a mini M and it barely caused a stir. One plus I noticed, it does cause a slight wiggle at the surface so if you have LEDs, it should cause a nice shimmer effect.
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Next time you go to AFA can you do a short video recording of their setup? I'm interested but, like all the others, would like to see a review or more videos of the lily pipe in action.

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But from what I saw at the shop, they had a 2232 ehiem on full blast on a mini M and it barely caused a stir. One plus I noticed, it does cause a slight wiggle at the surface so if you have LEDs, it should cause a nice shimmer effect.
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Re: AFA has lily pipe spin

You attach it to tubing and its made to swirl the water, what is it you guys need to see lol.

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How much water movement is created at the other end of the tank, especially since this filter is designed to handle high GPH flow. This information would be particularly helpful for those that keep high sensitive shrimp that aren't tolerant of strong water movement; this will also be helpful in plant/filter placement in a tank as certain plants don't like strong currents/water movement. If a plant receives too much movement it will stunt their growth or force them to grow in a direction that is unnatural.

I am also interested to see how much surface agitation this filter produces - too much surface agitation results in higher O2 exchange but more CO2 will be lost; will we need to increase the CO2 to compensate for the loss or higher gas exchange rate?

If you're spending $120+ on a single lily pipe wouldn't you like to know as much information about it - effectiveness/functionality/productiveness - especially when there are cheaper alternatives (albeit different design) widely available elsewhere?

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You attach it to tubing and its made to swirl the water, what is it you guys need to see lol.

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