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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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LoneStar's ADA Mini-L - Updated 4/3

Just getting started in the hobby, so here's the journal for my first planted tank. All feedback is welcome!

Here's the set up:

Tank: ADA Mini-L

Substrate: ADA Amazonia II Aqua Soil

Lighting: Current Nova Extreme 18" fixture with 2 T5HO 10000K Bulbs

Filter: Eheim 2213

CO2: 5 lb. canister with Milwaukee regulator and GLA Nano diffuser

Flora:
  • Micro Sword
  • HC
  • Red Wendtii
  • Crypt Parva
  • Ambulia
  • Ludwigia Repens x Arcuata

Fauna:
  • 3 Otos

I'll keep this post current as the tank evolves.

Last edited by LoneStar; 04-04-2010 at 04:31 AM.
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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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Over the past couple of nights I got the tank set up on the stand, put in the substrate and a couple of rocks. Last night I added Micro Sword and a tiny bit of HC. I'm going to start things out with the soil immersed, and fill the tank up in a few weeks.


Tonight I covered the tank in plastic wrap and began misting:

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It looks pretty good, but that third rock seems out of place. I'd move it, but that's just me.
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looks good...what are you gonna keep and are you dosing anything to help the cycle?

Hey,any of you happen to be/or know someone that are Crystal red/black shrimp breeders and stay in Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia?
if so,im looking for some decent shrimp and im hoping to get some...if so,pls pm me..thx ^^
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isu712 - Yeah, I'm not totally sold on these rocks. I plan to go rock shopping today to replace the left ones, hopefully with something a bit bigger and less flat.

adrianng1996 - Thanks! Not dosing anything yet. Once it's filled I'll probably add some shrimp first, maybe otos and tetras later.
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Last night I found a couple of rocks I liked at the LFS, as well as a fresh shipment of HC.

I replaced the rocks on the left side with a big monolithic one, and added a new rock to the back right corner where I also planted the HC.

I'm liking the look of this much more than before.



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Nice tank!!!
Where did you find the HC?
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Thanks, Alan! I got the plants for this tank from AquaTek on Burnet Rd. It's a great shop and the guys there have been really helpful.
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Good looking out, I'll have to stop by the store and pick up some HC.
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I think that huge rock should be pushed back a little so that there's space in the front for smaller plants.
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After spending some time looking at the tank and noticing how nice the HC looked, I decided to reduce the area of microsword carpet, and fill the empty space with HC.

Growth of the HC has been very good so far. The microsword is doing ok; some are sending out runners and new growth, but the tips of several have melted.

Also, my new Eheim 2213 canister filter came in last week, which is pretty exciting. All that's left now is a CO2 setup which I plan to purchase in 3 weeks or so. With luck, the tank will be ready to fill in 4-6 weeks.



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Nice Looking tank that HC is growing emersed?
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Nice looking rocks and the tank is coming along really nice.

Out of curiosity, why did you plant the microsword at the foreground?
Don't you think you are not going to be able to see the HC once the MS grow?
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Do you like your choice in lighting? Does it sit on the edge of the tank or suspended, can't tell by pictures
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i love that giant rock!
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