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post #1 of 84 (permalink) Old 10-31-2008, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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ADA Mini L 8.8 G Tank

So this is my second week on the forum and I thought Id just post up my new tank. Just picked it up the other day so ill say this pic is Day one.

Its a ADA mini L tank about 8.8 gallons. 45x24x30cm Which im really happy about getting. you see i walked into Aqua forest in SF the other month for the first time and it re ignited my planted tank hobby. Ive been keeping a 75 gal Extra tall in my family room for a few years now, actually had the tank since I lived with Mom and Pops, but never really took the tank that far. Just anubius, java fern and the easy stuff. But thats another story.

So anyhow Aqua forest enlightened me to the world of CO2 and now ive been running a paintball setup on my 75G for a month or so, things have been chaning quick in that one and I really wanted to setup a 2nd tank in the downstairs office so i can have something plesent to look at and at the same time scape and keep some dwarf shirp.


Currently im running just a HOB style filter, Aqua clear 20
Stealth submersible heater
Aqua soil Amizonia - the fine type
The pad is actually a static mat that i trimmed down to fit under the tank.

Still waiting on the ebay T5 light setup, CO system, and a few other things to show up.




Ill keep updating as things move along.
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So day three or 4 now and i added some trimmings from my 75 tall and a small school of rasboras just to get things started. Still waiting on the lights to arrive in the mail.




Some pics of my 75 extra tall tank after trimming. Ill split it off into its own journal one of these days.
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did you cycle it? those fish will be dead tomorrow if you didnt..
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did you cycle it? those fish will be dead tomorrow if you didnt..

Yes its been cycled and those fish are already past the 24hour mark so i think there good.
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I can't wait to see this tank shape up

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okay good cause amazonia is deaadly lol so what light fixture did you buy?
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okay good cause amazonia is deaadly lol so what light fixture did you buy?

Just a T5 X 3 off ebay. 24 watt total.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=380074575975
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Your 75 looks great I would love to have a tank like that

I cannot wait to see what you do with the Mini
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thanks for the comments guys, appreciated. nobody likes to be the wall flower talking to themselves.

Anyhow day 5 now.

swung by Home depot and picked up a 99cent cracked 1' tile of slate and went home to destroy it with a hammer. After some soaking i took a few pieces and began to arrange.

A few things showed up in the mail today. a glass defuseser, paintball bottle style regulator, needle valve, drop checker and some cal aqua nano inflow outflow pipes.

Still waiting on the light, and canister filter.





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Ok up and running for a week now. Still waiting for the light to show up. but i have a CFL hanging above it for the time being.

Today i added a piece of drift wood and a small rock i found on a walking path that i thought looked interesting.

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The light that you purchased (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=380074575975) is going to cause a problem...

That fixture (as stated in the listing) runs at these specs: Voltage: 220-240V, Frequency: 50/60Hz. North American 110-120 volt electricity is generated at 60 Hz (cycles). Not to mention the plug being a different shape, and not fitting into a U.S. style outlet.

I hope my tone isn't being misconstrued here, and I hope for your sake that I'm wrong, but the specs were clearly given in the description
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Ahhh man, i cant believe i didnt notice that. Crud.

Back to the drawing board. I guess i could always get a step up voltage converter. http://cgi.ebay.com/Step-Up-Voltage-...3A1|240%3A1318



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The light that you purchased (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=380074575975) is going to cause a problem...

That fixture (as stated in the listing) runs at these specs: Voltage: 220-240V, Frequency: 50/60Hz. North American 110-120 volt electricity is generated at 60 Hz (cycles). Not to mention the plug being a different shape, and not fitting into a U.S. style outlet.

I hope my tone isn't being misconstrued here, and I hope for your sake that I'm wrong, but the specs were clearly given in the description
Research, people!

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Hopefully you can get that light issue figured out, because that light is slick

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So today i made a temporary fix to one issue ive been having with my standby light setup.

see ive been just using a hanging 6500K CFL and its just bright as hell and looks bad with no cover or anything to shield the light from the rest of the room.



So i was looking around for something i could use and i thought maybe i could do something with a old protein shake container.



I decided that it would look pretty ghetto if i just drilled a hole in it and used it as a shade so i decided to wrap it in carbon fiber. Ive been working with the stuff for a few years now with my motorcycle projects and i thought it would make for a quick and easy improvement. I used some standard 3k weight 2 X 2 twill weave. For the resin i used west systems with the 205 fast hardener cause i wanted to get this done in just a hour or so.




After a hour or so i did some trimming and cut a hole in the top.



Here is a rough look at what its like now. I need to lay on a few more coats of resin at this point and come back with some wet sanding and clear coat it but i think it will work out for now.



Here is a pick of some of my other recent Carbon work. This is a Gas tank i made for my 1969 honda Z50A mini trail.
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