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Geniusdudekiran 01-02-2012 07:47 PM

How much should I start saving up?
So I want a new tank. I want to set up a rimless Iwagumi tank, and I want it to be ADA. I also want it to be bigger than most of my tanks, so about 10 gallons. As far as ADA goes, I was thinking either the Mini L or the 45P. I kind of like the dimensions of the 45P better than the Mini L.

So do you think I could do an Iwagumi setup with HC, Blyxa japonica, and Staurogyne repens (some of my favorites) with pressurized CO2 (paintball) and a stand (homemade) for about $300? Is it even possible? I'm at a loss as for lighting, so suggestions are welcome.

Also: I want a canister filter. Suggestions are welcome as to what I should use for this. Lily pipes, etc too.

Geniusdudekiran 01-02-2012 07:50 PM

Just looked, the tank would cost me $119 to have shipped to me. That'd definitely be the biggest purchase. If I went with the Do!Aqua version, it would cost me $92, shipping included.

Also: Substrate? I guess AS would be fitting. How many bags would it take to fill the 45P?

h4n 01-02-2012 07:55 PM

I cant help you with pricing, but i hope you end up buying it and I cant wait to see it! hahahha

Geniusdudekiran 01-02-2012 07:56 PM

Thanks buddy. I hope so too. But I think I'm still dreaming now. It's probably going to end up more like $400, maybe $500. Hopefully I can save about $300 by my Birthday (that's very achievable, I think... I've been saving and growing until Christmas where I splurged on some expensive jewlery for my mom that she's only worn twice so far lol. But I'm at $120 and counting after my SSS purchase from Nikki. So hopefully I can breed those and sell them by August, my birthday, along with my other shrimp, and you know how parents are... "Awww, our little entrepreneurial son, he's working hard, doing well in school, I just bought a freaking $100K car, maybe we should help him out and give him the extra $200 :hihi:". Fun stuff. I hope to be a powerseller by the end of this year (What? It just started yesterday!?).

To everyone: how many 9L bags of Amazonia would I need to create a decently sloped Iwagumi effect in a 45P?

Dollface 01-02-2012 08:03 PM

You could get away with a 3L.

You're going to spend almost as much on lighting as the tank itself, and that much again on accessories unless you already have the filter/pipes/glassware/etc.

Geniusdudekiran 01-02-2012 08:04 PM

Really? It's like 10 gallons?! 3 will fill it? Steeply enough for some good Iwagumi action?

Dollface 01-02-2012 08:11 PM

A 9L is enough to fill a 60p. 3L with a powersand base is more than enough of a slope for a 45.

Geniusdudekiran 01-02-2012 08:15 PM

Could I do a base of Tahitian Moon Sand with a 3L?

Geniusdudekiran 01-02-2012 08:19 PM

Okay, so an ADA 45-P with a 3L bag of AS Amazonia will be $133 shipped. Now lighting? What is a good light to use on a 45-p? Feel free to post pics

A Hill 01-02-2012 09:07 PM

I spent between $600 and $800 initially on my mini m. I did buy ADA CO2 and lily pipes and a drop checker though which added to the cost along with the matching light.

$300 can get you a start but you'll probably be paying more once it is fully set up. Realistic price is probably around $500. Obviously it depends on your light, filter, pipes, and co2 setup.


Geniusdudekiran 01-02-2012 09:50 PM

What is a good light to use on the 45-P?

freph 01-02-2012 11:09 PM

Might want to look into the Archaea fixtures.

Obakemono 01-03-2012 12:02 AM


Originally Posted by Geniusdudekiran (Post 1657971)
What is a good light to use on the 45-P?

3 13watt 6500K CFLs. Cheap. Find a fixture or make your own. I added 2 to my 15g column and it has made a big difference.

Geniusdudekiran 01-03-2012 12:17 AM

Any specific fixtures? Not keen on making something here, everything has to look GOOD. Really good.

freph 01-03-2012 01:42 AM

Not 100% sure, but the 36W one might work. It's 18.5" which is maybe a cm longer than the tank if that.


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