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The Runed Hill - Mini-L

I'm starting an ADA Mini-L tank and I'm going to document the effort. This will be my third tank, and the first that I'm actually trying to have a nice layout. First my stuff. Anything in italics is not bought yet and so I'd appreciate any comments of suggestions on.

Tank: ADA mini-L

Soil: ADA Amazonia large pellet size

Light: 1 or 2 Ecopico LED light arms (each with 3 strips of 3 LEDS (9 total)).

Filtration: Eheim 2213 with Do!Aqua lily pipes

Plants: Hemianthus callitrichoides carpet. Something else, possibly a middle sized grass, open to suggestions

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My goal is to have a hill with the slate sticking out, as if they were buried and erosion has revealed only parts. I'm not 100% on the arrangement and I'd appreciate any advice.

I'll keep you guys updated. Currently the plan is to put down a carpet of HM and then do a couple weeks of emersed to let it root.

EDIT: I previously said the rocks were obsidian, which they clearly aren't. I've been spending too much time looking up obsidian, I forgot which kinds of rocks I had.

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That looks a lot more like slate than obsidian...


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I like it!!


Can't wait to see it done

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Just make sure they're stable and won't fall over.

I like the idea, something different from the normal iwagumi setup.
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Looks cool, I like it.

I agree with the posters above:

1) that is definitely not obsidian
2) try to secure your rocks, screwing them to a piece of plexiglass and then covering the plexiglass with the substrate would be a good idea. It would suck to come home and find that the slope was compromised and your tallest piece tumbled into the glass and cracked it..


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You guys are right, it is not obsidian. Somehow during my process of looking up rocks my thought process went from 'I should get obsidian rocks' to 'The rocks I currently have are obsidian'. I've corrected the title post.

Having the rocks fall over is a concern. They are fairly solid right now, as they're in several inches of soil, but if the hill went they would go with it.
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Quick update.

I kept the same layout and have started emersed hemianthus callitrichoides. I sprinkled the HC over the surface.



Sorry about the cell phone camera. Its on my desk at work so I have to remember to bring my real camera in for the next update. I'm currently just using one ecopico light with 9 LEDs, but this is just a stopgap measure until I get a new light. I'm looking into a Vertex Illumilux.

I'm not sure how long I will keep it emersed. I put in enough HC that I more just need it to root, rather than fully carpet.
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