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ADA tanks vs Mr Aqua

So I'm looking at starting up a new aquarium, but so many choices! I do already know I'm not going with an acrylic kit such as Evolve, Spec, etc. So mainly looking at ADA and Mr Aqua. I noticed on the ADG shop that there are two different Mini Ms, one with clearer glass, but it costs twice as much! Is there really a difference? Can someone please post pics if possible? If there isn't that big a difference I'm also looking at the old Mini L. Do I need the glass cover if I'm using Finnex LEDs? (Trying to keep this within reasonable limits...)

One problem with the ADA tanks is that I can't find lighting to fit them properly. Finnex has an 18" Ray 2, but it has bad LEDs and no light on the sides. Could I get away with putting a larger light (20") on it, or would it look cheap? I was considering Mr Aqua's 7.5 gallon but I can't find retail stores for the non cube or bow front versions.

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Substrate: CaribSea Floramax
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Heater: Jager 50W
No CO2 (for now)
I want take some DHG and HC from my other tanks

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Another option is GLA nano aquarium which is the same size with ADA mini M. Finnex LED is very very bright and suitable for that tank size. I would say it is better than the Arhaea 27W fluorescent light.

Glass cover is not necessary unless you want to keep your fish from jumping.
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Ugh. Link to a product please?

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okay.. I can't find it. Maybe they don't sell it anymore. haha sorry..
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I think that Aquatop has some Mr. Aqua style rimless tanks now that are pretty cheap, including high clarity ones.
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Who said "Finnex has bad LEDs"?
Lighting an Aquarium with PAR instead of Watts
LED Lighting Compendium

And GLA is currently building a new facility so there tanks are not being offered at the moment.

Both tanks are made extremely well.

For the high clarity glass, that's completely up to you. If you plan on going for an ultra clean rimless look, then go for the low iron.
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http://www.aquatop.com/Aquarium_Livestock.html
I found the Aquatop website but seriously WTF... If you click on any of the tank links it basically leads you to some random page. If you search separately I found retailers sell the Nano Sky 7 for about $150, waayyy too expensive.

I never said Finnex LEDs were bad, I just said that for some reason the 18" Ray 2 only has about 12" of actual LED. The others are fine...

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I would get ADA
That's what I'm thinking but is the low iron really worth the extra $50? Also what lighting would you suggest for the Mini M? Mini L?

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On these small, thin tanks the difference between "normal" glass and low iron glass hardly justifies the difference in cost.
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Finnex has an 18" Ray 2, but it has bad LEDs and no light on the sides.
If you don't care for the Ray2 check out the Fluval Power Compact Fixture. Or the Ecoxotic Freshwater Kit.
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Oh snap my bad, it's the 16" that's no good.
I've decided, ADA normal Mini M and Finnex Ray 2 18"

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Good choices. What are you planning on growing?
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Look at the silicone work


I also got a normal Mini-M and went with a 16" Fugeray.
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