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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Desktop ADA Mini M

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After a long break from the hobby, I've dusted off my old equipment to start another little desktop nano. Here are the usual details:

Tank: ADA Mini M
Filtration: Eheim 2211 with standard outflow, Do!aqua inflow (if anyone knows of a decent knockoff 10mm outlfow, let me know).
Lighting: Solar Mini 27w
CO2: ADA Advanced System with Do!aqua Music Glass 10D
Substrate: ADA decorative sand (can't remember which type...)

Here's the tank shortly after setup:


The water is a bit yellow due to tannins, so I'll be adding my bag of Purigen once its recharged.

My plan is to add flat stones tied/laundry-netted with Riccia and various mosses to the areas of bare sand around the driftwood, much like in my old Mini S. I also have some Anubias nana 'petite' on the way to tie on the rightmost area of the driftwood, in front of the Bolbitis heudelotii. The moss on the branches is Christmas. The floating stems are temporary, but I may incorporate them into a wabi kusa ball for the back of this tank.

For fauna, I'm planning on a bunch of Boraras brigitKtae and Amanos.

Thanks for looking, and suggestions are always welcome.


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Cool! Welcome back to the nano-game!

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Thanks Frank. I was tempted to go with a 60-P, but this will have to do for now.

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Can't wait to see this grow out some!

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Nice tank and scape. Are you going to add some more substrate? Looks very shallow.

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I need to try a nano. I keep seeing these awesome looking ones but I can't seem to replicate it myself.

Good work on the tank though, looking forward to see it progress!


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I picked up some additions to the tank today, and added Purigen to the Eheim.

Amano shrimp




I couldn't resist these little guys when I saw them at the store, so I bought five. Still planning on Boraras brigittae when I can get some.



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Nice tank and scape. Are you going to add some more substrate? Looks very shallow.
Since I'm not planting any stems, I don't need much substrate, and it helps make the tank look bigger than it actually is.


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Since I'm not planting any stems, I don't need much substrate, and it helps make the tank look bigger than it actually is.
So cute!! What kind of cories are they?

Ah, I see. Good point, regarding the scale.

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So cute!! What kind of cories are they?

Ah, I see. Good point, regarding the scale.
My favorite corys... I'm a fan of anyone's tank who has these. This is gonna be a fun little tank.


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So cute!! What kind of cories are they?

Ah, I see. Good point, regarding the scale.
Corydoras pygmaeus


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it looks great so far.
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The pygmy cories certainly won't be the centerpiece, but so far I love them. Nano tanks are all about the details, and I can't help but sit and watch the little guys swim around every time I look at the tank.



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I received my Anubias nana 'petite' this afternoon, and added to the right of the driftwood as planned. Here's the tank now (excuse the floating stems once again):



I also found a good deal on some cherry shrimp at my LFS, so six of those were also added to the tank:



The water is a bit hazy, probably because I stirred everything up a bit when I removed the wood to tie on the anubias, but the tannins from the wood seem to have been taken care of. The next step is to add some riccia or moss on stones around the wood, and then introduce a school of Boraras brigittae.


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I need some C. pygmaeus now! For the Mini S!

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Those pygmy Cory are adorable!! how big do they get?

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