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Old 02-23-2009, 03:00 AM   #1
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Noob and his ADA Mini-M Tank


Hey guys and gals! I'm a noob to the world of planted tanks and any aquariums for that matter. lol

Anyway, my friend got me into this hobby and I just started on my first tank.
Since I'm on a budget, I just bought the things I needed a little at a time. So here's some pics.

ADA DoAqua mini-M tank, Amazonia substrate and some Yamaha stones. Not really that good at scaping just yet.


Added some mini hair grass.( I think I need more). And got a lamp.




I got a zoomed filter kit.






Looked a little bare so I planted some Rotalas.












Thats it so far. Any comments, advise and suggestions are welcomed.

Hopefully will update soon.
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Old 02-23-2009, 03:46 AM   #2
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All you need is some DIY CO2 and your ready to go. What wattage is that light? Also give it time, thats the hardest part, to fill in.

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looks good!
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All you need is some DIY CO2 and your ready to go. What wattage is that light? Also give it time, thats the hardest part, to fill in.

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Yeah, I'm not sure if I should DIY or just do flourish excel. I'm also not sure of the wattage. The tank is in my office at work, so I'll get back to you later on that.
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I'm learning as I go along.
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:43 AM   #6
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Great start.
The light's twenty-seven watts. I'd go DIY rather than Excel. It's a bit more work, but the results are more than commensurate. Especially if it's at the office and you have the DIY CO2 hooked into a diffuser. People will ask about the bubbles and you can go on to explain about how the yeast exhales and gives off CO2 and how that feeds the plants and how it's all carefully controlled ecosystem on account of the lights, the plants, the fertilizers, the substrate, and the fauna, and by the time their eyes glaze over after hearing what to them is incredibly boring stuff, they'll be out of your office having forgotten to give you the work they meant to give you right before they asked what the bubbles were.
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You should add more water to it, close to the top or so. Other than that, looking good so far.
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so i know that do!aqua is the offbrand off ada. but where did you find the do!aqua tanks? were they cheaper than the ada rimless?
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so i know that do!aqua is the offbrand off ada. but where did you find the do!aqua tanks? were they cheaper than the ada rimless?
I got my tank from my local fish store. My mini-M was about $25 less than the ADA mini-m. The DoAqua tanks are cheaper as far I was told, is because it is an older style tank where they use the green tint glass instead of the clearer one.

btw, I got 5 Black Neon Tetra and 2 Otto's.
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You should add more water to it, close to the top or so. Other than that, looking good so far.
I would but my table stand is not that sturdy. If someone bumps into it, it will sway a bit and I'm afraid water will get all over the place. I will look for sturdier stand soon.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:31 AM   #11
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How much was the Do!Aqua tank? Is it the same as the regular ADA Mini-M?
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Sturdy stands are a must! I had an ADA 60-P that split down the front because my iron stand was a little un-balanced. It was a 2am nightmare complete with tears of sadness! It's well worth it knowing that your tank is fully supported.

Question...have you decided what type of CO2 route to take? I have tried almost all and I highly recommend paintball cylinders for this type of tank. You can get a cylinder for $20-$30 and get it filled for an additional $3 at Sports Authority. The regulators are sold all over the internet and sometimes local stores out here might carry them (mainly the Red Sea brand). Good Luck!
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Sturdy stands are a must! I had an ADA 60-P that split down the front because my iron stand was a little un-balanced. It was a 2am nightmare complete with tears of sadness! It's well worth it knowing that your tank is fully supported.

Question...have you decided what type of CO2 route to take? I have tried almost all and I highly recommend paintball cylinders for this type of tank. You can get a cylinder for $20-$30 and get it filled for an additional $3 at Sports Authority. The regulators are sold all over the internet and sometimes local stores out here might carry them (mainly the Red Sea brand). Good Luck!

I just bought another stand today. It should be much more sturdier than the one I have now.

As of right now, I'm gonna try the DIY sugar/yeast co2 setup. I have all the materials except for some sort of diffuser.
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You can use an airstone or a broken off wooden chopstick for a diffuser if you're in a pinch.
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:41 AM   #15
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Ok, got in a new stand today and is sturdier than my old stand. Also got my diy co2 ready to go.



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How do you use the wooden chopsticks?
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