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hyphination 08-17-2009 12:25 PM

hyph's ADA Mini-M
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I've waited for this tank for a long time. I haven't felt that my skills were good enough to get an ADA tank. And I still think I have a lot of improvement to go. But I would at least like to try, you know give it a shot. . .Maybe this tank will come out awesome. I can only hope for the best! But like all the hobbies I've had, I hope I don't burn myself out and get tired of it too quickly. I just need to make like the plants in my tank and take it nice & slow. :hihi: . Anyways I've wanted to find the perfect scape for this tank but never knew where to find it. I thought to myself if I'm going to LA, I might aswell stay in SF too and visit some friends. And if I'm in SF I also can go to AFA! I've heard so many good things about this store, I thought to myself that this could be the place where I find my awesome hardscape for this tank. The guys there were really helpful and helped me choose a hardscape w/southeast asian DW and ADA yamaya stones. I also bought do!aqua filter pipes originally for my 3.6G but now I think I'll use them for my mini-m.
just waiting for my LFS to restock on AS, so I can start scaping in the tank

This is the scape me and the guys there came up with at AFA. lmk what you think! and if it needs any tweaking.

trigun808 08-17-2009 12:29 PM

hah nice to here from u !
finally going with a ada now huh? lol i cant wait to see it!
whats your plans with lgihting, filter, co2, fertz, plant choices?

trigun808 08-17-2009 12:39 PM

oh and id imagine that the wood and stones would be on a mound of aquasoil? like sloping down?

hyphination 08-17-2009 12:58 PM

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Plans for the tank:

Lighting: (2) Ott-lites. or maybe another 27W Archea light.
Filtration: eheim canister filter. dont know which one yet gotta do some research.
Substrate: AS ammazonia II
co2: definitely pressurized. will probably buy a 5lb co2 tank to replace the paintball can and split lines into the two tanks.
Ferts: Leftover ADA stuff. ADA Step 1, Brighty K, and Green Gain.
Flora: As far as plants go I only thought of mini microsword as of now. really like the grassy look. Going to do some research later and see what else would work good with this hardscape.

Blue_Alien 08-17-2009 03:19 PM

I wish I had known about that store when I was in San Fran last month. Sounds like a great store.

cintamas 08-17-2009 05:44 PM


Originally Posted by hyphination (Post 893970)
Plans for the tank:

Lighting: (2) Ott-lites. or maybe another 27W Archea light.

Did you order Ott-Lites from their website? I inquired on some plant-grow lights in the past and they wouldn't allow me to order without speaking to a Customer Service Rep. Something to do with the fact that they planned to GAUGE me with ridiculous shipping rates! Anywho, they wanted me to pay more on shipping that I was planning on paying for the lights, that went out the window real quick. How did you manage to get yours?

hyphination 08-17-2009 08:59 PM

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Oh, I didnt order them yet. UG had a link to some ott lites that were pretty cheap. I was just going to ask him for that link. I also talked to a rep and I too found out shipping is pretty high. Even more than some of the stuff there selling! Will probably go down to aquascapes today to see if they carry it. I need to get my AS anyway.

CL 08-17-2009 09:07 PM

I think that that's a pretty awesome scape! I can't wait to see this tank planted. What a great excuse to go to AFA in person! :D

kcirtappatrick 08-17-2009 10:54 PM

I'm not too sure if Aquascapes carry Ott-Lites but I heard Home Depot carries Ott-Lite bulbs. Not too sure if they carry the light itself though.

CL 08-17-2009 11:17 PM

I have seen the ott- lites in person in home depot

hyphination 08-18-2009 12:31 AM

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thanks clwatkins, I can't wait to get started on this tank. don't really know what plants I'm going to use yet though. only thing I have in mind is a mini microsword FG but it's so hard to find. will also try to see if home depot has ott-lites later today.

trigun808 08-18-2009 12:07 PM

i know costco had a sale on ott lites before so yeah.. and im pretty sure aquascapes dont sell them

hyphination 08-18-2009 10:25 PM

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Just went to home depot yesterday. I asked the guy and he said they sold them before but dont carry em anymore. I guess its just the hawaii home depot that doesnt have. bummer :icon_cry: and I dont have a costco card either. damn. . .

MONARK 08-18-2009 10:48 PM

I'm using and I've seen people using the Hampton Bay 27watt 6500K desktop lamps found at home depot.
Just another option!

hyphination 08-19-2009 02:36 AM

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I've seen the hampton bay lamp in other journals and I think its just not for me. I'm pretty set on Ott-lites as I really like the clean look.

Just stopped by kalihi pets today and they too don't have the powder AS I want. The guy said they should be receiving a shipment at the end of this week though. And Aquascapes will be getting there's at the end of the month. Just gotta wait. . .:sleep:

I cant really take any pics anyway, my dad is borrowing my camera for his Japan trip and he already left yesterday :icon_conf

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