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post #16 of 228 (permalink) Old 05-31-2009, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Haha it's about 13" I think.
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I'm worried about the inevitability of me starting this tank before I move.
Just picked this great deal in the SnS (Thanks nellis!)


Got it for $50 shipped
Swagelok/Nupro SS-SS2-A (Thanks LeftC!)
Clippard Solenoid w/ cord
Inline Glass Bubble Counter
Brass Check Valve
Glass Nano Diffuser
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All the fittings I need
and a 3-way manifold, which is perfect for right now cuz I can split the Co2 between both my tanks.
So now I just need the ADA goodies
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So, mini update. I have my first set of ADA products on the way, the P-1 and V-1 intake & outflow, from Craig. Will probably be here next week or so. I'm excited
I'm also considering going with a Mini-M or Mini-L and setting up a second tank like a 20 or 30g because I'm already feeling limited in my 12g and 10g will just give me even less room! Haha.
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Wonder where CL got that wood? Your Lilys should be there Tuesday or Wednesday. When they arrive, they will fit that 2211 perfectly.

Don't forget an inline Hydor 200 heater, works like a champ on my Mini M.

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Good call! I'll have to add that to my "Need to Buy" list haha.
Anyone got any suggestions if I should stick with the 45-P or go with a smaller ADA tank and run a 20gL for bigger plants?
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Good call! I'll have to add that to my "Need to Buy" list haha.
Anyone got any suggestions if I should stick with the 45-P or go with a smaller ADA tank and run a 20gL for bigger plants?

Go with the Mini M so you can buy the Heater and other toys. Next thing you know you'll be all ADA.

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Haha that's my fear! I'm sure I'll catch the addiction come next week :p
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The Mini-M is a perfect sized tank, in my opinion. Big enough to do what you want yet small enough to rescape in a few hours.
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Well my pipes from Craig came in today. If you've seen his tank, you've seen the pipes. Might I add they look great and I think the addiction is starting to kick in! It's taking everything in my power to not pull the trigger on a Mini-M right now!
I do have a couple questions though, if anyone can give any advice. So far I'm still planning to keep the light and get the bulb. A) Would the 36W light be too intense for the tank, and B) Would the ~2.5" hang-off on either side be detractive from the overall look of the tank? Another option is using the 27W lamp that is over my 2.5g, and that'd also make the start-up costs even cheaper.
Also, as far as a foreground plant, would UG or Elatine triandra be a good look? I'm really liking both of them right now!
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Thirty-six is too much for a Mini-M, in my opinion.
It's doable with a ton of CO2, but with razor-thin margins for error.
I'd recommend twenty-seven watts. If you can find a non-screw-in/non-quad-tube type fixture, that'd be best.
UG does not need all that much light and carpets as a part of it's nature and not in relation to light intensity, like Glosso.
So wattage is not really the priority so much as CO2 levels and flow. (UG likes flow, I've found.)
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I'll give the Hampton Bay desk lamp I've got a try to start with then.
It is a quad-tube and not the 8000K I was wanting from the ADA bulb, but I can't bring myself to spend over $200 on a light for a 5.5g tank!
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Hey UG, didn't you have a nonquad tube 27w lamp over your riverrun?

Maybe you can hook rrrramos here up ;p.

Or if you scored like i did with $9 Ottlites... haha.

DIY:
http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=262
This bulb+

http://www.hellolights.com/index.asp...OD&ProdID=1364
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