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Old 11-02-2008, 05:34 PM   #1
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ADA Mini-M: Source


For the longest time, I could not come up with a name for this tank. Then, last night, my girl and I were watching Matrix Revolutions and I noticed a distinct similarity between one of the pieces of driftwood and the spires in 01, the machine city. Look.




Rather than call the tank 01, I wanted something with a bit more punch. So I decided on Source.

Now with a name, I can finally start a new topic.

As of right now, I don't plan on adding any more plants.

I want to have a tank that says more with less. Four plants, Mini Pellia, Anubias Nana "Petite", Dwarf Hairgrass "Short", and Mini Java Fern. This will be a very slow growing tank and I expect that it will take at least six months to get to where I see it in my mind's eye. Rather than make an impact with plant density and variety, this tank will have to rely on plant health and the shape of it's growth. For example, the Mini Pellia was placed in a V shape on the two pieces of driftwood; the Anubias Nana "Petite" was placed so as to grow in an arch on the root of the left side driftwood with a bit of Mini Java Fern placed to it's left at the end of the arch.


The Dwarf Hairgrass is a very short variety. This is the plant that will make or break the 'scape. If it grows in tight and clean, the tank will look great. If it doesn't...let's not think about that, huh?




The specs:
ADA Mini-M (5 point 5 gallons or thereabout)
28W @ 10,000k from an Archaea light fixture from AFA ($60 for those about to ask)
ADA Amazonia Aqua Soil Powder
Zoo Med canister filter
Dee Eye Why See Oh Two x one for now, soon to be two
Askoll 25W heater (made in Italy; this makes it seem cooler somehow)
Fert dosing is TBD

And there you have it. Let me know what you think.

Oh, I don't know what fauna I'll be adding. Probably shrimp but not for a while. I'll be severely overdosing the CO2 for the first month or two and fauna don't appreciate that all that much.
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:59 PM   #2
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Dee Eye Why See Oh Two x one for now, soon to be two
LMAO! I can't wait to see it grow!
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:14 PM   #3
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idk, the tank looks dark...
its probably just the camera setting, since 28 watts is good lighting.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:19 PM   #4
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Wait, that doesn't look like diy co2 to me
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:23 PM   #5
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the bottle is plastic, and probably has a sugar water and yeast mixture. just with some machinery added to make it like pressurized.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:25 PM   #6
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the bottle is plastic, and probably has a sugar water and yeast mixture. just with some machinery added to make it like pressurized.
That's definitely an ADA advance co2 system
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:43 PM   #7
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Hey, @marko. You're right. The tank is dark; much more than the twenty-eight watts would indicate.
The reason is not the camera, though. (I can blame a lot of things on my crappy camera, but not that.)
It's two things.
First, the light is a single 28W bulb. In my opinion, it's better to light a tank with two thirteen watt bulbs than a single twenty-eighter; the spread and proximity to the water can be more precisely placed. (It's why I'm in love with the Ott-light fixtures for nano tanks.)
Second, the driftwood on the left leans forward, casting a shadow over itself. This is unfortunate as much of the cool-looking Mini Pellia is growing on front of it.
That said, I'm hoping this less-than-what-it-should-be brightness will work to my advantage in terms of algae. Afterall, the plants I have in there are all low to medium light plants.
Oh, and there's a third reason. The water's still cloudy. It's better than on Friday, but it's still not crystal clear.

EDIT:
Here's the best I could do in terms of evening out the light spread with the Archaea.
I had to move the light fairly far right. I might get another lamp on there for photography purposes, but for the eleven hours this thing gets light, the Archaea will be it.


As this light uses the same bulb as the ADA Solar Mini, I really don't think that the Solar Mini is worth it's price.
While the fixture looks nice, the spread of the bulb does not in any way justify the two hundred plus dollar price tag.

cl, caught that, did ya? Right after I posted, I decided to move the pressurized CO2 onto Source. Riven gets the dee eye why for now. (Hey, does anyone know if there's something to for the ADA CO2 system to split the line so as to pump CO2 into both tanks at the same time from the same canister? Lemme know if you do.)
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:47 PM   #8
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you could use a some kind of mini "Y" connector. but it would need 2 valves, since riven and source probably will need different amounts of CO2.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:12 PM   #9
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why dont you upgrade to a 5 lb tank with a dual needle valve? then you can run it to both at dif ammounts, and its cheaper than ADA and lasts longer.
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:21 AM   #10
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this looks great UG, im starting to think low maintenance is the way to go. mind you i on't have many algae problems with my nano. just mainly on the flame moss. i'm going to be adding some orange bee shrimp to take care of that little issue.

you should see if you can get some different little shrimp for this tank. some thing not commonly kept.

also a 5lb cylinder would work, much better split then the ADA system. those little cylinders are just too small to handle two tanks for long.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:09 AM   #11
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where did you get that light, i know you mentioned where but i cant find it. any help?
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:35 AM   #12
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thats a great looking tank i really like the rocks!

a weird question coming from someone knowing nothing about nanos..... what are all those pipes? i know the one on the far left is Co2 but what is that pipe running across the tank and the ones on the far right?
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:27 AM   #13
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Great start, the spire ... methinks it needs more ZING.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:31 PM   #14
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where did you get that light, i know you mentioned where but i cant find it. any help?
I think he said AFA for $60ish?

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thats a great looking tank i really like the rocks!

a weird question coming from someone knowing nothing about nanos..... what are all those pipes? i know the one on the far left is Co2 but what is that pipe running across the tank and the ones on the far right?
Pipe running across is spray bar from filter, and right side is the filter intake AFAIK.
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:43 PM   #15
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How do you like the zoo med?
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