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Stu's ADA Mini M - Step by Step

Its been a while since I posted on here so I thought id pop up some pictures of my latest tank which ive recently setup in the last few weeks.

Specs

Tank: ADA Cube Garden Mini M - 36x22x26cm / 5mm optiwhite glass
Hardscape: ADA Yamaya Rock, ADA Hornwood
Co2: Pressurised via Do!Aqua Music Glass - Mini 10D, Music Counter and ADA grey parts set
Lighting: ADA Mini-M - Solar 27W light
Filtration: Fluval 205 external to
Outlet - Do!Aqua Violet Glass mini MP-1 10D
Inlet - Do!Aqua Violet Glass mini MV-1 13D
Heating: None yet as its in a centrally heated room. I may add an inline heater in the winter
Substrate: ADA Power Sand Special topped with ADA Africana Powder - Penac P & W and tourmaline for good measure
Ferts per day: ADA Step 1 and Brighty K
Critters: Red Cherry Shrimp, fish undecided yet
plants to include - Ferns, tennelus, hairgrass, fissidens, mosses, Bolbitus and a carpet of glosso

Heres a quick preview all the kit that was due to go in


mini-m-1 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


I tried out a few hardscapes before deciding on a final setup.

1. I decided I messed up the rockwork on the first one as it doesnt look very natural but i liked the wood.

mini-m-2 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


2. Sloping lying down design

mini-m-3 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


3. centred lying down design

mini-m-4 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Number 3 was my fav so on to empty the tank and do the step by step of setting up...


I attempted to take the hardscape out while remembering which order and angles it needed to go back in!

ADA stuff to go in


mini-m-5 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


mini-m-6 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Empty with glassware added to see how it will look

mini-m-7 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Hardscape without substrate shows the height the substrate will be

mini-m-8 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Penac P and W in plus tourmaline BC

mini-m-9 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Powersand Special in and removed from the edges with a brush so it doesnt show alongside the africana

mini-m-10 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Africana Powder going in

mini-m-11 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


A little bit more

mini-m-12 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


1 x 3l bag in plus I added another half bag so 4.5 l in total

mini-m-13 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Levelled off with a paintbrush

mini-m-14 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


First piece of ADA Horn Wood in (fingers crossed its in the right angle!)

mini-m-15 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Second and third piece of wood in

mini-m-16 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Fourth piece or horn wood plus Yamaya stones

mini-m-17 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


More stones

mini-m-18 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Final scape before planting with graded yamaya added which was crushed with a mighty Thor hammer

I checked out some pictures of the ADA gallery nanos before deciding on a front level of aquasoil. They plant theirs quite deep so ive gone for the same. Not sure if it aids planting or the plants prefer the deeper substrate. The back will be filled with plants and I may riase some of the stones slightly so they dont get lost in the carpet when it gets going.


mini-m-19 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr



Now to assemble the plants


tank sprayed flooded with water up to the lower aquasoil level to aid planting

mini-m-22 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Some hydropiper planted in the front

mini-m-23 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


and a little more... Small pinsette type tweezers are great for planting this. I used to try this with HC and big tweezers which just ends up crushing the roots.

mini-m-24 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Hydropiper done, some HC on the left and fern on the right

mini-m-26 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Now in go some tennelus at the bottom left and right plus a pot of HM

mini-m-27 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


more ferns

mini-m-28 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


The bolbitus starts to go in. I got small slate/yamaya pieces and tied the bolbitus to them with either tie wrap/ cotton or bonsai waire depending on how the roots were placed. (Bolbitus doesnt like its roots buried). I didnt attach it to any wood as I wanted as much freedom to move it as possible if needed

mini-m-29 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


All in

mini-m-30 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Scrunched paper in to keep the substrate in place when I fill with water.

mini-m-31 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Filling up...

mini-m-32 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Filled

mini-m-33 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


I was really impressed with the Africana as there was no dust whatsoever when I filled with water and it was as clear as a bell from straight off and has been since.

Since I took this the front ferns have been moved down a touch so they look more natural. I also havent got around to tying any new fissidens moss stones so about 10 of these will be going in at random places on the front. Ive also had from hydrocytl SP Japan which has gone in at the front.

The bad news is that the hydropiper didnt converted very well as it started turning to mush as soon as it went underwater so this was to be replaced with glosso as my LFS was out of hydropiper.

Since then it was moved from the photography background to its final location on my TV Bench


mini-m-35 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Do!Aqua Music glass mini 10D

mini-m-36 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


mini-m-38 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Music counter

mini-m-37 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


After Id added some more fern from my 90p and added the new glosso to replace the hydropiper. At the moment im doing daily water changes to avoid the ammonia spike.

Im dosing 1 squirt each of step 1 and brighty K


mini-m-39 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


mini-m-40 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


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Nice tank and beautiful pictures!


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Very nice. I wish my mini m looked like that.
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Wow...This should be an ad for ADA tank looks great!
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I like how the tank was all planted before filling. I hate clouding up water when adding plants!

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When I saw your first picture with all the equipment laid out, I didn't think I liked your choice of wood. However, you made it all come together really nicely with the wood, rocks, plants, and photography. It is refreshing to see a different choice of wood. Amazing tank!
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ELATINE HYDROPIPER. I'VE WANTED IT FOR MONTHS.

If you were in the US I wudda been prepared to offer you my house...

I really like the tank & I LOVE the photography- very professional. You should enter this in the upcoming aquascaping contest.
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Looks awesome! I really like the lighter look of the africana. I don't know why more people don't use it.

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Holy...those are some nice photos of a beautiful tank. Great work and +1 on the Africana. I'm using it as an underlayer in my shrimp tank.
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looks amazing! i love your pictures of the empty tank! the lighting is great. i think i liked the first payout better, but the finished product looks HOT! thanks for sharing


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3rd design was my fav as well. Just wait a couple of months and it'll be looking better.

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