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View Poll Results: What do you think of my rock scapes?
The first one. 10 37.04%
The second one. 1 3.70%
Buy more stones, but keep with the "Twin Peaks" theme. 7 25.93%
Approach it from a whole different perspective. 9 33.33%
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:30 AM   #1
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ThatGuy's College Dorm Mini M-high tech, planted only, Iwagumi


Title: "Boulders-Upon-Meadow" (inspired by English village names)

Tank: ADA Mini M (36cm x 20 cm x 22 cm)
Lighting: Archaea Power Compact 27 watt (4 inches above tank)
Filtration: Eheim 2211, ADA Mini Outflow P-1 Lily Pipe, do! Aqua Violet Mini Inflow MV1
CO2: 20oz paintball tank, Archaea Regulator Pro Single Gauge, ADA plastic check valve, cheap glass bubble counter, do! Aqua Music Glass 15D
Substrate: AquaSoil New Amazonia, AquaSoil New Amazonia Powder Type
Hardscape: Sieryu stone (3 pieces)
Flora: Hemianthus callitrichoides
Fauna: none for now, possibly Otocinclus sp., Caridiana multidentata, Caridiana cf. cantonensis var. "crystal red", Danio margaritatus

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Well, today I got the first part of my order from AFA; but unfortunately it's only the boring stuff. My Mini M, my first ADA tank, is still to come, along with the AS. Because my university allows no pets, I can't keep any fish in it, maybe shrimp if I ask my RA. But not having animals also helps in high tech, as I wouldn't have to worry about gassing fish. Not to mention I have to move the tank back home (20 minutes only) for Christmas break and summer. I am excited to pursue a more aesthetic, Nature-style tank. I'm think HC, with mini pellia in the back maybe. Or I might take some UG from my 20L and start HC there. I have some small pieces of Sieryu, but I also might want to try a different stone, if I can find it. Here's the equipment I have so far:

Already arrived (not pictured):
Zoomed 501 mini canister
20oz PB tank
drop checker (cheapo ebay kind)

Arrived today (pictured):
Archaea Slim-Pro
Archaea pro PB regulator
Do aqua Music Glass, mini 10D
ADA check valve

On it's way (though I don't have any tracking):
Mini M
3L AquaSoil Powder Type

Need to get still:
Aquatic Magic 9mm lily pipes
silicon tubing
bubble counter (?)
stone
plants (ofc)

I read in one post that the Pro led lights don't provide enough... I hope that's not the case, otherwise I'd have to return it for a PC.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:30 AM   #2
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I have the same light! I don't see many people using them so I would love it if you could post your thoughts on it!
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:58 AM   #3
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subscribed, looking forward to this.
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So apparently there's a strike at the docks and I won't be getting my tank and AS for awhile. Oh well, doesn't really matter to me since I won't be needing it for a month.

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I have the same light! I don't see many people using them so I would love it if you could post your thoughts on it!
Lol, you tell me! I won't be using it til September.
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Well, this guy at AFA was gracious enough to let me return the light and diffuser for store credit. IDK what I'm going to get for a light. I'm in talks about a V3 pollen diffuser, or I'd just get a regular 15D music glass. We'll see.

I also ordered the lily pipes.
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Good start here. I have had many tanks with no fish long term and like them just as much. On my new tanks, I really only add fish because everyone always will ask where the fish are, especially my friend's daughters. Can't wait to see where you go with this.
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Played around with my stones and came up with two designs of the same theme:

Aqua(rock)scape 1: Smaller stones means more room, but perhaps a bit too much on top? I could always raise them by stacking some rocks underneath.



Aquascape 2: The larger stone gives a much more profound, sharper image. But it also is very large, caved in in the back, and hard to position stably.



I'm adding a poll now, but if you have further suggestions please leave a comment.

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Personally prefer the first. But maybe rotate the larger rock on the right so it isn't "pointing" in the exact same direction as the smaller one leaning against it?
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Personally prefer the first. But maybe rotate the larger rock on the right so it isn't "pointing" in the exact same direction as the smaller one leaning against it?
Yes, the final design can easily be finessed. I'm mostly trying to decide if I need more rocks. Thanks for the opinion.
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I think you have enough rocks, but it looks like they don't match very well. It could be the lighting. I like the big stone on the right side of the second scape.
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I think you have enough rocks, but it looks like they don't match very well. It could be the lighting. I like the big stone on the right side of the second scape.
Maybe it's the algae on some of them, that gives it a green tint? I haven't finished removing all that.
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The texture on the first scape with the biggest rock seems to bother me, it's different from the other stones so it makes the scape seem kinda unnatural. I think you need more rocks of different sizes with the same texture/look. Good start though!
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Lack of updates due of course to moving into college. Having a great time, but I'm also looking forward to this tank! Don't know if I'll put anything in it, my RA is a little strict and pets aren't allowed. I made an order to ADG to get some items on sale. Not any AS or tanks, since I don't have the capital to spend of future tanks, but some other nice ADA equipment that I wouldn't have bought otherwise. I got Superge, Clean Bottle, a thermometer, Spring Washer small, and a glass top for the Mini M. From AFA I got my light, 27W PC, the garden mat and the 15D music glass. My tank arrived at home yesterday and I'll have it tomorrow. Yay! I think I lost one of my stones so I might have to buy another...
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This is awesome! I personally lived in a EXTREMELY small triple and setup a tank that took up half my desk when I was in the dorms. I was never able to study again
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Should be a great build.


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