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mluk27 04-25-2012 03:56 AM

mluk27's ADA Mini M Zoa/Paly Garden.. Fluval Edge Coming soon.
I thought it was time to post this tank since I just filled it. I grew the UG emerged for about a month and I just filled it today. The driftwood gave me a little bit of a headache by floating up and uprooting a bunch of UG and rotala and that took a while to fix that and replant. Hopefully everything grows back in nicely and the UG transitions smoothly. The tank looks pretty terrible right now

Flora: UG, Rotala butterfly, Downio, java moss

Heres when I first planted the UG
A week ago
Before the fill

I have a t5 light over it now until I get my solar mini s

Geniusdudekiran 04-25-2012 04:09 AM

Been watching this from the very beginning -- wow! Whole tank looks fabulous. When are you getting the Solar?

mluk27 04-25-2012 07:54 AM

Thanks! Hoping everything will go smoothly with the UG really stressin about that! I will hopefully be getting it next month...

amphirion 04-25-2012 03:32 PM

hahaha. looks like you've been making great improvement on the scape! you've gotten your focus point down--cant wait to see a shot when everything is cleared up!

mluk27 04-25-2012 07:19 PM

Lol I know it took long enough, I think I changed the scape atleast 4-5 times lol. I think im satisfied with it now though. Thanks for kind words :D

mluk27 04-25-2012 07:21 PM

Update Pic: Everything has settled and I just hooked up my Eheim 2211 which was such a pain, since the instructions were terrible. I need to order some lily pipes soon cuz these green pipes and tubing are just ugly lol

niceseol 04-25-2012 09:33 PM

good looking so far:)

mluk27 04-27-2012 04:04 PM

Hm.. I am trying to decide if I want to wait for the new ADA LED light or if I should just pick up a solar S. Since UG is a huge light hog, I would be worried of it not getting enough light and melting off.. Does anyone have some input here? Most LEDS I have seen are not sufficient enough for high light plants

Dollface 04-27-2012 04:23 PM

Is there even an ETA for the new LED fixture? I think if ADA is making the switch to LED, they're going to do it right, but otoh I really like my solar S and would definitely recommend it.

Francis Xavier 04-27-2012 04:28 PM


It was announced this morning, the Solar Mini was discontinued. Release is in June. Takin pre-orders now!

Sorry for interrupting your thread mluk.

But rest assured, if Amano puts his name to it, it absolutely will work, since he actually uses all of the products he makes, and did start using UG not too long ago.

mluk27 04-27-2012 04:31 PM

Its supposed to be June, so my tank is going to stay under this 24 inch light for a bit longer.. lol I agree though, if anyone is going to do it right its going to be ADA, Im just a little scared of the price as well lol. Hopefully prices stay consistent with the Solar minis.

Geniusdudekiran 04-28-2012 01:32 AM

Estimated price on that light?

Anyway love how unique this scape is!

mluk27 04-28-2012 04:27 PM


Originally Posted by Geniusdudekiran (Post 1838621)
Estimated price on that light?

Anyway love how unique this scape is!

Not sure, hoping it stays consistent with the solars, but you never know.

Thanks for the kind words dude!

mluk27 05-02-2012 04:49 PM

So my downoi is looking pretty terrible, it looking a light green/transparent as if its about to melt. I have seen this before with another tank with UG and downoi, is the cause of it a lack of iron? I hear both plants can be iron hogs along with rotala butterfly, so if I start dosing iron should it get it healthy again? I have been blasting Co2 to the point of overdose since I am transitioning the UG, but I didnt think that should be an issue. If anyone can give me more insight on the matter I would greatly appreciate it.

Dollface 05-02-2012 05:27 PM

If it's transparent, it's a goner. No amount of iron is gonna bring it back.

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