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post #1 of 108 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon - ADA-style Experiment (the Journey)

After some thinking, I've decided to return the Fluval Flora unit and go for something that will look like an ADA tank. I've certainly been inspired by a all the beautiful Mini-M ADA tanks out there.

Having said that, I've found this company - Aqua Inspiration that sells these tanks.

This tank is 16'' by 12'' by 12''. I've decided to get an internal filter for now, since I am fairly new to this part of aquarium keeping and would like to start with something simpler and go for a full-blown setup a bit later.

Having said that, I would like to set it up with some medium to low light plants. For the fish I was thinking a pair of ottos, 6 celestial pearl danios and a few amano shrimp.







I would really appreciate an advice on aqua-scaping (not sure if can get good rocks in Toronto).

As well as what kind of lighting should I be using? Ideally it should fit 16''. This will be an open top, but I want something fairly safe - don't want the light falling into the water.

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Ohhh I see so much potential!

I'd guess the lighting would depend on the plant species you'd like to incorporate.

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did you order the tank online?
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No, I went to the store in Markham, Ontario.

As for the plants - I plan to keep something with low to mid requirements. Not decided on that yet, I want to figure out the lighting and the hardscape first.
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excited to see which way you go with the tank.
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Me too, would certainly appreciate some advice.
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After some thinking I am going with two Fluval 13w lights that fix on the side of the tank.

Will try to pick them up either today or tomorrow. Ideally I'd prefer a single fixture of 27w, but can't find one in Canada.
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Well, good news. I think that I've found quite a setup for light.



The lamp is 25 watts, fixes itself on the back.



This is nicer than the Fluval 13w light.



Well, tomorrow I hope to fill it with water and get some plants in. I think I will put a piece of wood in their covered with moss, no rocks.
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Consider putting a background to clean up some of the wiring. Also, plant first and then fill. Light looks great


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what a darn pretty tank you got there! I think rimless aquariums look best when kept simple
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Very awesome tank size. Would love something that for a reef... :S
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Where did you get the light?!
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Surprisingly I got the light at Big Al's. I've called 4 different stores, none carried any light that fit my needs and did not seem to care that much.
Only when I came to the store and wanted to buy 2 Fluvals, I noticed this light on the top shelf. Asked about it, - oh, they said, this is for very low light tanks... When I asked them to open it and check the wattage they were a bit surprised - a solid 25w.
Needless to say, I am a happy camper here. I like this light much better than Fluval, although it is definitely bigger and the part that fixes itself on the glass is a bit too obvious.

So far the plans are for this tank to have lots of plants in it, hopefully covering most of the background.

The fish I really want to see there is 5 or 7 CPDs.
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