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First Post: Planning an ADA Mini-M

Hello everyone! I'm looking forward to participating in this great forum.

I'm in the planning stages for a planted nano tank. I have experience with a larger tank in the past running DIY CO2 and mid-light plants. I took it down to do a reef but now I want to get back to planted tanks again.

This is what I have coming/plan to order:

Tank: ADA Mini-M
Light: ADA Mini Solar 27w
Substrate: 3L ADA Amazonia II
Filtration: Eheim Ecco

As far as planting, I need some suggestions. I was thinking of doing an iwagumi style set-up with an HC lawn around several rocks with a taller background plant, but I may want to try something else for a change. If I do end up doing it that way, I want this tank to present it in a unique way.

Can anyone tell me what plants are used in the back of these tanks? I'm awful with plant names.

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I'm not sure what I'm going to do about CO2 addition. Right now its between the ADA System 74 or trying some sort of Paintball setup, as I have lots of 12 and 20oz CO2 tanks already. Recommendations as far as that goes would be excellent.

To sum everything up, I want this to be a fun tank to work with and watch as it grows. Thanks in advance for any suggestions and tips.

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Cant help you with naming the plants, However hotlinking pictures from another site is a HUGE internet no-no and in alot of cases could constitute theft of both the host sites bandwidth and the images themselves..

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First has: Riccia tangled in glosso as the foreground, and e. tenellus in the back

Second: Glosso in the front, e. tenellus in the middle, and I think Eleocharis vivipara in the back... (its hard to tell from that angle)

Third: HC and Eleocharis acicularis (sp?)

I have a mini M myself and the hardest part about doing an Iwagumi like that is getting nice rocks and arranging them in an attractive manner.

I would go with the ADA system if you have the extra cash,(disposable cannisters add up) but I haven't heard anything bad about the paintball systems so that should work just as well.


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fshfanatic: Changed the images to links.

slick: There is a bonsai shop not far from me where I could hand-pick some nice rocks that I think would be good for an iwagumi.

As for the CO2, I'm leaning towards the ADA. I don't really want to mess with trying to get all the necessary parts to do a paintball setup, and the full package by Red Sea doesn't seem to have the ability for fine tuning that I would need for this nano . Their website says that the lowest it will go is 4 bubbles per second which would be overkill for sure.

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I'm pretty sure it says 4 bubbles per MINUTE, correct me if I'm wrong...
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CmLaracy: Wow thanks. I just checked and you are 100% correct. That route looks much more appealing now...
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Just trying to help you out bro.

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The Mini-M came via UPs today! I will post pictures of where I'm going to put it in a little while. Its a bit of an unusual spot for a tank and I want your opinions.
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Okay here's the tank in its potential spot. The filter and CO2 will go under the shelf with the tank, and the intake/outtake and the CO2 line will run up through a hole in the bottom of the shelving and to the tank through the hole that you can see to the right of where the mini-m sits. The light fixture will fit perfectly if I've measured correctly.

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Any thoughts on getting the solar lights? It DOES look very sweet. O


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Looks like hes going to get the solar.....sweeeet!
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Yeah the mini-solar is a birthday present to myself. It looks quite sleek.
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