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J Chen's ADA Mini-M Iwagumi

hey all, 1st post on plantedtank! im on APC and SoCalScape and theres always links coming to this forum, so i decided to join. anyway...heres my set up.


im using ohko stone.

heres my rock placement. im using flourite.

so initially i started out with dwarf grass hair and HC. however...my HC wasnt doing too well...




so i traded my HC for RCS!!

however, i went on winter vacation for a week and half...and when i came back. my shrimp all died...and my tank became a cesspool. there was algae outbreak and even some kind of fungi growth.

looking for a new carpet...i decided to go with Riccia.



i added 5 neon tetra and 2 oto. this is after a month of growth.


this is my final product. riccia has been growing for almost two months. and i just recently trimmed them.


Lots of Riccia.

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Good job. My only suggestion would be to use mini Riccia instead of regular Riccia.


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Good job. My only suggestion would be to use mini Riccia instead of regular Riccia.
thanks! yea i wanted to, but only the regular riccia was available at the time.


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Nice start man, and welcome to plantedtank!

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Nice scape, good job...


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That is a nice looking tank. The separation between the Riccia and the hairgrass seems a little abrupt, but it looks a billion times better than my tank. So I really don't have room to talk . Kinda bummed the HC didn't work out though.

Is that the Coralife light fixture you have on there?


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Great looking tank, that hairgrass looks good in the back of the smaller tank.
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Nice tank! And yeah, I do agree with the use of Mini Riccia. Have you been to the ADA store in San Francisco? I believe they carry it.

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Nice tank! And yeah, I do agree with the use of Mini Riccia. Have you been to the ADA store in San Francisco? I believe they carry it.
Lol, not everyone live in San Francisco. It's NoCal. He lives in SoCal.

I would also like to know what kind of light is that?
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Lol, not everyone live in San Francisco. It's NoCal. He lives in SoCal.

I would also like to know what kind of light is that?
Lol, sorry...I always thought Irvine was by Sacramento.

And yeah, what kind of light is that?

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Nice tank! And yeah, I do agree with the use of Mini Riccia. Have you been to the ADA store in San Francisco? I believe they carry it.
Last time I went they didnt have much of anything. But albany aquarium did.

I live in sacramento and albany aquarium is my main fish store =)
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Looks awesome! I've never really tried Riccia, but have always wanted to.
My only concern is that the tank is maybe a little small for neons, and maybe it would be better to try to get some rcs again for it. Plus, when they breed, you can trade/sell them!


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That is a nice looking tank. The separation between the Riccia and the hairgrass seems a little abrupt, but it looks a billion times better than my tank. So I really don't have room to talk . Kinda bummed the HC didn't work out though.

Is that the Coralife light fixture you have on there?
yea...im pretty sad the HC didnt work...im not sure if it was dying cuz i didnt have enough CO2...or i wasnt dosing enough...but we'll see...im starting a new HC tank.

as for the light. its not a coralife. i bought it from an online store called catalina aquarium. the fixure is called "lighthouse"


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Looks awesome! I've never really tried Riccia, but have always wanted to.
My only concern is that the tank is maybe a little small for neons, and maybe it would be better to try to get some rcs again for it. Plus, when they breed, you can trade/sell them!
what kind of other schooling fish would you recommend that i can replace my tetras with? should i not have a school at all for this size tank?


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Well, this is where I'll play the devil's advocate, haha.
I've always been against keeping fish in tanks of that size, and opting for only shrimp/snails, but if you must, I would suggest any of the boraras sp.

Now, a lot of people suggest these fish, as they are super tiny, colourful, and cheap, and I must agree on those points, but at the same time, I've never been into keeping fish in smaller tanks.

But yeah, if you want fish, I would go with about 5 or 6 of the Boraras sp. B. Brigattae or B. Merah is also one of my faves.


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