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Old 09-13-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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xximanoobxx's Do!aqua Mini-m - My First Planted tank - New Pics! (10/9/09)


Hey everyone, last night I went to AFA and boy, I was amazed.Their tanks there are so nice, I wanted one myself. So I bought a Do!aqua mini-m (which I didn't expect at all), some glosso, some blyxa japonica, and some rocks(man, that costed me an arm and a leg, but I thought it was well worth it). I've been waiting for yesterday for a long time.

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Do!aqua Mini-m (same size as ADA Mini-m but almost twice as cheap)

Lighting
27 watt Hampton Bay Lights

Substrate
Aquasoil Amazonia

Filter
Aquaclear 20

CO2
DIY, and might dose excel (Will change to pressurized in December(Bday gift from parents))

Fertilizers
Gonna start EI dosing soon
This is my schedule for now.
Sunday
1/16 tsp KNO3
1/64 tsp KH2PO4
1/64 tsp K2SO4
Monday
1/64 tsp CSM+B
Tuesday
1/16 tsp KNO3
1/64 tsp KH2PO4
1/64 tsp K2SO4
Wednesday
1/64 tsp CSM+B
Thursday
1/16 tsp KNO3
1/64 tsp KH2PO4
1/64 tsp K2SO4
Friday
1/64 tsp CSM+B
Saturday
Do 50% water change.


Flora
Glossotigma elatinoides
Blyxa Japonica(gonna get 5 more)
Cryptocoryne Beckettii
Cryptocoryne Hudoroi
Cryptocoryne Parva
Eriocaulon Aquaticum (might be too big for my set-up)
Ludwigia Repens
Rotala rotundifolia
Others I don't know


Fauna

Betta
6 Corydora Pygmaeus
1 Otocinclus sp.

Right now, the water is still cloudy even though i set it up last night. What should I do?

Thanks for looking!

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Old 09-13-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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Good start! I am no planted aquarium genius, but I bet It will look pretty good in a month or two.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:21 PM   #3
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Thanks! Hopefully the glosso stays on the ground and not become tall.
I'm going to buy Excel later today so I could dose that with my DIY CO2
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Nice scape. I'm looking forward to seeing the water clear
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:23 PM   #5
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It's looking good, those are really nice rocks, but I don't think you need all five. You could probably take the front two right rocks out, and move the back right rock forward a little and it would look even better.

People keep shrimp in open tanks all the time with no problems with jumping, you just need to cycle the tank very well before you add them.
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Or you could take the front two right rocks out, rotate the front left rock 180 degrees and put it in front of the two back rocks (in the middle of the tank) and shift the whole scape to the left some. That might look pretty nice IMO. Good start.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:30 PM   #7
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I'm really looking forward to seeing this tank progress

Just out of curiosity, how much do the Do!Aqua Mini-M's cost? They're not listed in the website, and I haven't been to the AFA store in a while
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:36 PM   #8
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It's looking good, those are really nice rocks, but I don't think you need all five. You could probably take the front two right rocks out, and move the back right rock forward a little and it would look even better.

People keep shrimp in open tanks all the time with no problems with jumping, you just need to cycle the tank very well before you add them.
Thanks!

I might take the 2 rocks out on Sunday next week.

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Or you could take the front two right rocks out, rotate the front left rock 180 degrees and put it in front of the two back rocks (in the middle of the tank) and shift the whole scape to the left some. That might look pretty nice IMO. Good start.
Thanks for the idea, I might do that.

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I'm really looking forward to seeing this tank progress

Just out of curiosity, how much do the Do!Aqua Mini-M's cost? They're not listed in the website, and I haven't been to the AFA store in a while
They were $45. They are so much cheaper than the freakin ADA brand lol.




I have a question. Would the Glosso that's floating survive for a week?

Thanks!!!
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They were $45. They are so much cheaper than the freakin ADA brand lol.
Lol yeah, cheaper by $25.

But can you believe that ADA sells scissors for more than $45?

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I have a question. Would the Glosso that's floating survive for a week?

Thanks!!!
Yes, it should.
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Lol yeah, cheaper by $25.

But can you believe that ADA sells scissors for more than $45?
The scissors' as much as my tank alone... lol

I think I'll wait until my glosso roots up before I rescape the tank since I don't want to bother the roots of the glosso, it was a pain to plant the glosso.(took close to 2 hrs)

Any other plant suggestion???

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ADA has scissors for $90...
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ADA has scissors for $90...
That's even more expensive!!!!!
I guess you're paying for the brand and the quality of the equips.
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Another question, since I don't have my diffuser yet(it's in the mail), is it ok if the co2 bubbles go through the intake of my aquaclear filter?

Thanks!
Sorry for the double-post
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Old 09-14-2009, 03:10 AM   #14
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if you want, you could use a chopstick as a diffuser until you get the real thing. it does a decent job diffusing the co2 bubbles but a diffuser would be better.
btw, great tank!

I've always wanted Eleocharis sp. Belem. did you get it from a LFS or bought it online?
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:30 AM   #15
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Looking good! I suggest removing the carbon bag from your filter as the carbon will likely absorb the things that your plants need.
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