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Old 03-26-2009, 01:47 AM   #1
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My Mini-M


My first mini, my first nano, my first try at iwagumi.
My wishful thinking is that everything goes according to plan and comes out perfectly! Unfortunately, that's just wishful thinking.

I'm starting off as an emerged tank. Mainly because I found a ton of information on it and also because I currently don't have everything I need yet.

Well, here's what I do have.
ADA Mini-M
Aquasoil
seiryu stones
2x 13watt cf Perch lights
eheim 2213 (although not in use yet)

Plants:
HC & Dwarf hairgrass
(The color in the picture looks really bad, I got the plants from aquariumplants and they came in lush and green!)

Things I need:
inline heater
inlet/outlet pipes
pressurized co2 <- any recommendations? Cheap but efficient?

No digi cam, so you'll have to bare with the phone pictures for now. I just planted all this a few hours ago. Ended up late for one of my classes.
Taking advises, criticism, and anything else you throw at me. As long as it will help :P







I'll be leaving for a few days, so hopefully when I get back everything will still be doing okay. And hopefully I'll be back with a nice camera to take pictures
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Old 03-26-2009, 01:56 AM   #2
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I like those lights. Also the stand. There is a very clean feeling associated with your presentation.
Good job on what you have so far and good luck with your plan of perfection!
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:05 AM   #3
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Great start.
Your rocks are terrific. Really, really nice.
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:06 AM   #4
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Thanks&Thanks

I love the rocks too. I got them from Craigthor
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:14 AM   #5
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I like it! I'm gonna have to try what you got going on there with the saran-wrap to keep air from escaping. As far as a CO2 system, you could go cheap & get a Milwaukee with a 2.5# or 5# cylinder, or build your own dual stage Victor regulator with the links Left C has posted in the Victor Pimp Thread (Here ya go )
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:19 AM   #6
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Thanks, I'll put those into consideration when finding more info.
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Old 03-26-2009, 03:12 AM   #7
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Very nice start ... interested in where your going with this.

Should have an *M* of my own soon

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Old 03-26-2009, 03:14 AM   #8
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I like those rocks too.... Great someone could put them to good use.

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Old 03-26-2009, 03:50 AM   #9
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I have a suggestion. How it is now, your rock placement seems a little tripodesque. This though just came to mind. If you like how they currently are, I would really advise against changing anything. This is just one opinion in a tank full of different perspectives. There is by no means a single right way to do art. However, if for some reason you feel like moving things around and replanting, I think the back rock would look nice closer to one of the other rocks, possibly incorporating the golden ratio.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:23 PM   #10
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Yea, I did try to make the middle rock closer to one of the others, but it just didn't feel right. In person it actually looks much closer to the left rock then it does in the pictures. I will have to try it again whenever I take it apart.

For now, my main concern is the plants. I just want to see them grow and fill up. Today, I worked on separating the strands of hair grass, as they like to stick together. Will be leaving for a few days, so I put in a timer for 10hrs of lighting.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:38 PM   #11
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It seems to me that the problem with the rock placement is that the two in the front are in the same spot relative to the corners of the tank. I think if you moved the one on the left (with the white stripe) back just an inch or two it would make it look better. Just so that it's not quite touching the back rock.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:59 PM   #12
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Very cool arrangement. I like them there lights.
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:13 AM   #13
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Good start! I agree on the stones though, they look too laid out un natural if you will.
With some minor rock tweaking it could look perfect but if you like it that's what matters.
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:25 PM   #14
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Thanks for the comments & suggestions. I'll work on the rock arrangement next time I rescape. Away from the apartment now so I can't do much about it now. Just hoping my light timer works accordingly!
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Old 03-30-2009, 12:26 AM   #15
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Well, back home and everything still looks ok. No new camera, decided to save some money for pressurized co2.
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