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Old 10-29-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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ADA Mini-M & Mini-L Iwagumi (flooded pics added Jan. 19th)


...Continued from here.

After waiting almost two months for my submerged HC carpet to fill in and getting nowhere (most of it just kept getting uprooted), I decided to bite the bullet and just do a DSM on both tanks.

I started by setting up a temporary 10 gal. tank for the existing livestock. There are 8 CPDs, 20 microrasboras, 7 pygmy cories, and 2 otos. I've sold most of the CRS/CBS because I plan on getting better grades later on. I stuck in a spare Ohko stone and a wisteria plant. It's lit by a Marineland LED hood. Substrate is Fluval Ebi.





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To avoid cycling I just connected both existing Eheim canisters to the tank in series. It's heated by one of the Hydor in-line heaters.



Now onto the tanks... week 1

Mini-L

I kept the stone arrangements the same and just planted the HC and Eleocharis parvula individually to help speed up growth/spreading.







After learning the first time how wildly DHG can spread, I've made sure to use taller plastic dividers and doubled up it against the glass. It'll all disappear once the carpet fills in.

The HC is doing well after 6 days. There are no yellowing leaves. A lot of the older leaves on the DHG has turned brown, but there's a lot of new growth visible as well.






Mini-M

I've used the same two plants for this tank. The rock arrangement was also kept the same.





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Both tanks are lightly misted twice a day with dechlorinated water that's been added with a few drops of Pfertz and Excel. The lights are on for about 12-14 hours.

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Old 10-29-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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These are going to be wizard.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:51 AM   #3
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Currently I am planning a 10G tank with HC and DHG as well... hope mine can grow as lush as your previous set up.

Good luck with the new one
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sub'd nice work!
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:40 AM   #5
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Thanks guys!

The HC is growing surprisingly quick thanks to the DSM. I'll post the week 2 update in a few days.
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:35 PM   #6
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Week 2 update...

Mini-L

Lots of new growth this week. If the HC keeps growing at this rate the tank should be done in another 3 weeks or so.








Mini-M

The HC is doing not as well in this tank. Its barely shown much visible changes over the previous week. There's no die-off, just lack of new growth.







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Very nice set up. So you're expecting this carpeting will be all over within 3 weeks from now?
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:03 PM   #8
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Very nice set up. So you're expecting this carpeting will be all over within 3 weeks from now?
Thank you.

For the Mini-L, yes. In my experience, HC takes a little time initially for root development. But once that happens, it's spread at a really fast rate (assuming all the conditions are right).
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nice little setup. what kind of stones are those? looks all futuristic/alien like
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what kind of stones are those?
Ryuoh in the Mini-L and Ohko in the Mini-M.

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LOL the shrimps love using those holes as hiding places.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:44 AM   #11
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It's been 2 weeks since my last update on the tanks, so here's the progress update for week 4...

Mini-L

The HC is continuing to fill in nicely.







Most of the old DHG leaves have turned brown, but all the new growth is green and healthy.




Mini-M

The HC is making some progress in this tank as well, albeit at a slower rate.







The DHG seems to be doing better in this tank for some reason. There's noticeably more new growth.

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Old 11-23-2011, 03:17 PM   #12
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Nice set up ! And thank you for sharing !

What kind of ligthning are you using for your Mini L ? I'm astonished that ADA is not making a mini solar for that one...
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Looking great!
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thanks for the updates! are you using aquasoil?
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What kind of ligthning are you using for your Mini L ? I'm astonished that ADA is not making a mini solar for that one...
I'm just using a Current USA pendant. Here's what it looks like:



Totally agree with the lack of a Solar Mini for the Mini-L. I would have bought one in a heartbeat if it existed.

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Thank you!

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thanks for the updates! are you using aquasoil?
Thanks! I'm using Aquasoil I powder.
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