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Dollface 03-23-2012 07:35 AM

ADA Mini-S Iwagumi, Now with 100% more Origami

nips 03-23-2012 09:03 AM

is this the one you reacquired back? It looks great! what did you do with that 27w archaea?

Craigthor 03-23-2012 11:29 AM

Need moar pics of rock work...

Francis Xavier 03-23-2012 04:05 PM

This will be fun :)

Wicket_lfe 03-23-2012 04:34 PM

that is seksy.

Dollface 03-23-2012 07:16 PM

ADA Mini S or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Hobby (Maybe).

So I'm gonna be frank with you guys, these past 6 months have sucked. I mean rolling-my-car-off-a-cliff kind of sucked. My passion for planted tanks had been waning prior, I had torn down my UG farm, stopped visiting the forums, but pulling a kickflip with my prius down a 50' embankment was the final straw. I sold all my tanks except for the 45-f, the true love of my aquaria life, and a 40 breeder that only managed to survive because taking it down would be more trouble than it was worth. I avoided the hobby for a few months, partly due to the crushing ennui it now inspired in me, but also because I got wrapped up in a new job. Then, one day a few weeks ago my mother uttered the fateful words that would see me being dragged kicking and screaming (Frank can attest to this) back in.

"I'd really like another small tank in my room." She said, staring at the 40 breeder ponderously.

(The "small tank" she was referring to was the old Mini-M that I had set up for her about 2 years ago as a birthday/mothers day gift, and had torn down in my great tank purge. She had lost interest in having it, I'd lost interest in caring for it, it's time had come)

I'm not going to lie, my initial reaction was something akin to this.

"But I'm out of the hobby!" I agonized to myself. "I don't want to deal with another tank!" "Well, maybe just a small one, if only I hadn't sold the mini-s..."

It's true, I had indeed sold the Mini-S, this exact Mini-S in fact, a few months back. I had waffled on the decision, but it came down to getting rid of either the -S or the -f, and the -f is going to win that battle every time. As fate would have it though, it turns out the guy I sold it to had never set it up, and graciously agreed to sell it back to me.

And with that, I had a tank.

somewhatshocked 03-23-2012 08:45 PM

This sort of teasing is unfair. :)


douten 03-23-2012 09:40 PM

Great to see you jumping back in! (said the guy who's been around a week)
It's like an addiction :hihi:
The tank's looking great atm too~

Dollface 03-24-2012 01:09 AM

I have a confession to make.

I hate manzanita. Absolutely abhor it. My back yard is nothing but manzanita for miles, it gets old. I hate scaping with it too, it's just so ... manzanita-y. Don't even get me started on the word "Manzy" either.

My mother, on the other hand, loves it. She specifically requested a tank with manzanita, and the scape that eventually became the mini-M went through about 4 different incarnations, all involving manzanita. I even asked my dad to make a custom ADA style stand with wood veneer stained to match, you guessed it, the color of manzanita.

So the prospect of setting up yet another tank with yet still more manzanita was, well, yeah.

"I hate manzanita" I bemoaned to Frank. (Yes, that Frank, ADG Frank. Why he still puts up with me, I don't know.) "I don't want to do another low tech with java ferns."

"So why don't you do an Iwagumi for yourself?"

sayurasem 03-24-2012 03:03 AM

Full Tank Shot from the front please :D

Dollface 03-24-2012 03:10 AM


Originally Posted by sayurasem (Post 1788025)
Full Tank Shot from the front please :D


mcqueenesq 03-24-2012 03:55 AM

All right, show us how it's done! Glad you survived your Toonces episode and glad you're back. I hope you find some peace in the water.

Dollface 03-24-2012 04:59 AM

"But the 45-f is my tank."

"So set up that one!"

"Are you going to smuggle me in a WK for it?"

Alas, the answer was no, but you can't blame me for trying. One day, I will have a magical japanese plant ball of my own, but today (or rather, two weeks ago) was not that day. Frank did clue me in about his latest project, though, the tank that would become the subject of his ongoing Mini-M journal. He described some of his experiences with the ADA line and at the ADG gallery, his plans for the tank, the kind of techniques he wanted to share through the journal. He sold me on the system, on setting up my own tank, and I bought it.

Boy did I buy it.

amphirion 03-24-2012 05:10 AM


anywho, glad to see you working on a tank project! looking forward to seeing your progress!

freph 03-24-2012 05:16 AM

I feel that the picture of you holding a single portion of HC in pincettes deserves some sort of awesome caption. Just sayin'.

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