Full Bore - ADA Mini M - The Planted Tank Forum
 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-23-2017, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 27
Full Bore - ADA Mini M

Concept

Last time I had a tank was 2010, my freshman year of college. 7 years later and I'm jumping back in the hobby, this time with a bigger wallet and better eye for design. I am approaching the setup from a systems point of view; this is not just a glass box meant to keep fish and plants alive, but a living, breathing piece of art. No nasty wires or unnecessary equipment in the tank, everything will have a place and purpose. Function may take a back seat to Form at times.

I'm drawing inspiration from 1990's Amano tanks, particularly from his 3 books published at the time. No artificial floating rocks, bonsai trees, or waterfalls. Classic lines and that old growth look is what I am going for.

Equipment

I'll do my best to keep this parts list up to date.




I'm currently waiting for the regulator parts to arrive as well as the tank, light, etc. It looks like I will be doing a dry start since all my filter and CO2 glass pieces are on their way from China and won't be here for a few weeks.
Jeff5614 and Jeff5614 like this.

Last edited by ir0nma1den; 08-29-2017 at 10:31 PM. Reason: title
ir0nma1den is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-02-2017, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 27
First go at the hardscape.





ir0nma1den is offline  
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-02-2017, 08:16 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
Nigel95's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 1,047
Looks promising

My Tanks
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Subscribe to my
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Follow me on
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Nigel95 is offline  
 
post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-02-2017, 10:22 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
xmas_one's Avatar
 
PTrader: (18/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 3,402
Looking good, are you going to drill the stand for your filter tubing?


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
xmas_one is offline  
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-02-2017, 11:34 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Tnalp's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Yucaipa
Posts: 378
Looks great!!!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Tnalp is offline  
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-03-2017, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 27
Second attempt after boiling the wood and sanding down most of the bark.





EDIT: Third attempt.


Last edited by ir0nma1den; 09-03-2017 at 08:17 PM. Reason: add
ir0nma1den is offline  
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-03-2017, 08:34 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (73/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New York
Posts: 5,942
I could tell by the equipment your using and the pics that aesthetics rank high in importance. Personally I like the rock layout but I think the wood has to be somewhat bolder and interact more with the rock. Where did you get the rocks and wood from?
houseofcards is offline  
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-03-2017, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by houseofcards View Post
I could tell by the equipment your using and the pics that aesthetics rank high in importance. Personally I like the rock layout but I think the wood has to be somewhat bolder and interact more with the rock. Where did you get the rocks and wood from?
I sourced the rocks and wood from a park around me. Still working with the wood but anything larger will look out of place in such a small tank. Once planted I think it will make sense.
ir0nma1den is offline  
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-04-2017, 12:33 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (73/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New York
Posts: 5,942
Quote:
Originally Posted by ir0nma1den View Post
I sourced the rocks and wood from a park around me. Still working with the wood but anything larger will look out of place in such a small tank. Once planted I think it will make sense.
Not necessarily bigger, just maybe thicker and bent more to the rocks so everything works together. Ultimately its up to you, just a suggestion. Make sure once it's filled that the wood is sturdy enough to stay in the position you want it. Otherwise it can get frustrating. Good luck.
houseofcards is offline  
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-04-2017, 02:05 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Tnalp's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Yucaipa
Posts: 378
I see where this is going. I dig it!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Tnalp is offline  
post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-04-2017, 04:22 AM
Algae Grower
 
caseym's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Posts: 42
Subscribed! Looks good so far.

I like tanks.
caseym is offline  
post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-04-2017, 04:32 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
SKYE.__.HIGH's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 736
Looking quite good, looks very simple yet elegant and it will (hopefully) look even better after planting. Maybe I missed it but what flora is going to have the honor of accompanying your hardscape.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
SKYE.__.HIGH is offline  
post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-04-2017, 05:00 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Maryland Guppy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (13/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Arnold
Posts: 3,304
When will we see the plants???


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Growing is not that difficult.
Maryland Guppy is offline  
post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-04-2017, 09:19 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Jeff5614's Avatar
 
PTrader: (52/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: TN
Posts: 3,599
Quote:
Originally Posted by ir0nma1den View Post
Concept
I'm drawing inspiration from 1990's Amano tanks, particularly from his 3 books published at the time. No artificial floating rocks, bonsai trees, or waterfalls. Classic lines and that old growth look is what I am going for.
And that's exactly what Amano's scapes are, classic. Floating rocks, bonsais, waterfalls, etc. are okay and I realize things change, but nothing, IMO, beats Amano's tanks. Hands down, the best scaper ( scapist ? ) ever.
Jeff5614 is online now  
post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-10-2017, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 27
Day 3 after being planted and filled. Still haven't dosed CO2 or ferts, waiting on a metering valve to arrive on Monday.

ir0nma1den is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome