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ADA Mini-M Journal

19th of January 2008

Latest Project:

ADA Mini-M Glass Tank
Custom ADA style cabinet (Full credit goes to Shake again for this one)
ADA Mini-M Compact Solar Light


This display will be situated next to the 30cm cube. Its going to be a Moss planted tank which will house shrimps and smaller fish later on. The cabinet has been very well made by a very handy Shake forum member. Overall the cabinet is slightly smaller than the ADA cabinet size, but it fits the glass tank/light well.







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Any comments, suggestions welcome.

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well probably too late now, but the ehiem ecco is better then the classic in my opinion (its self priming so you dont have to eat fish sh!t), however im impressed you bought all that stuff from ADA, their prices are through the roof, but the stuff does look great.

you said moss, will it be igwami?

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Forget that!! that 2211 is gangsta!!! Is it brand new?!?!?
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Wow ballah setup. Can't wait to see it planted.
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23rd January 2008 Update - Iwagumi Hardscape

I had contemplated on an driftwood/moss scape but I couldn't find any decent driftwood pieces. I decided on an iwagumi scape instead.

First off added 2 spoons of ADA Bacter 100


Spread out evenly


Then add ADA Amazonia aquasoil


For this iwagumi, I used OHKO stone






Still deciding on what plants to use, will update soon.

Any comments, suggestions welcome.

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Very nice! Really cool looking stones and the layout flows really well to my untrained eye. Really keen job on the stand too. Must have been like christmas to have all the ADA stuff show up at once.
So I'm assuming you decided against it mainly being a moss covered setup?
Can't wait to see the progress.


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Looks very nice, the flow is there without a doubt. If you want constructive criticism the rock thats the furthest back right seems to be a different texture but it does keep the flow of the layout. I bet it won't be obvious once plants and water is in.

I'm sure others will chime in with comments soon enough, you do an excellent job setting up tanks thats for sure.

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Thanks guys. Im leaning towards HC/Riccia/Spiky moss plants. They are small and compact and wont reach the surface too quickly..
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E. Parvula in the back and HC in the front. Let them mix on the boundaries and you have pure heaven.

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7th February 2008 Update

Apoligies for the late update, finally been able to find some time to plant this tank. Choosing not to use moss,

Plants used:

Riccia Fluitans
E. Tennellus
HC
Glosso

Shots taken 24 hours after planting:























Any suggestions, comments welcome!

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Can't wait to see the Mini fill in a bit more. Looks like it's off to a solid start!
That cube is absolutely gorgeous!!! Very inspirational...

And that is one smug lookin' cat!


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WOW, I want them for my room, Its a shame they're not on one stand together, I think that would look better.
Either way both look amazing.
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two of the nicest mini scapes I've ever seen.... *drifts off into mini dreamland where everything is small and covered in chocolate...*

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wow, how did you paint the stand so well? What paint/procedure did you use?
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Very nice! Can't wait to see it filled in!

Why is the diffuser so high? I would think you would want it as low as possible for the most efficient diffusion of the CO2, but I see it looks to be one piece?

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