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Red face Pga's MINI M: Tranquility

After lurking on this site for almost 3 weeks now, I decided to take the plunge into the world of planted tanks. My inspiration for this tank came from many sources including the ADA site, Ugly Genius' Source, Ugly Genius' Revolution, Diana, EPICFish and many others.

Tank: ADA Mini M
Substrate: 3 liter aqua soil powder, 1 liter aqua soil
Light: Hampton Bay 27 W
Filter: undecided
Co2: Undecided

Here is the tank after 2 days (2 hours each) of tedious planting of HC. At this point, the tank will undergo an immersed process in order to fill out the foreground. Please ignore the ghetto background... DIY frosted background in the works.


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You'll probs want to cover it up with celophane if you're going to do the 'dry-start' method. Hopefully that will fill in really beautiful- can't wait!


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You'll probs want to cover it up with celophane if you're going to do the 'dry-start' method. Hopefully that will fill in really beautiful- can't wait!
Thanks for noticing. I actually took it off to get the pic and quickly wrapped it back up. This is my first time doing this, so hopefully did it correctly. I left about 2 inches uncovered to allow air to come in. Is this necessary?
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Very nice start. I just set up a mini m as well and really like this size...

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Very nice!

The 2 inch hole might be big but I'm not positive. If you don't see condensation building up on the inside of the tank, the hole is to big. You could probably do a .5" hole with no trouble.

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Dougiefresh: I was lucky enough to have a LFS with the whole line of ADA nano's instock. This allowed me to see all of them in person, and the one I wanted was still the Mini M. Like you said, perfect Dims.

Fishboy87: Thanks. I took your advice and close the slid to 1inch for more Humidity action
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pga, did you get your tank at Nature Aquarium or All About Fish? For such a small tank, I would just buy about 5 pots of HC and be done with it. I understand the benefits of starting emerced but it will be a while until you get a full carpet, and its such a small tank. Just my two pennies. The rocks are nice but they are too small to scale If your going for an Iwagumi look. Most of the rock should be at least be half of the height of the tank, if not taller. Look at the mini m's in the ADA gallery and all the stones are really tall. If your gonna add wood and do a nature style tank then those rocks will be fine.

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pga, did you get your tank at Nature Aquarium or All About Fish? For such a small tank, I would just buy about 5 pots of HC and be done with it. I understand the benefits of starting emerced but it will be a while until you get a full carpet, and its such a small tank. Just my two pennies. The rocks are nice but they are too small to scale If your going for an Iwagumi look. Most of the rock should be at least be half of the height of the tank, if not taller. Look at the mini m's in the ADA gallery and all the stones are really tall. If your gonna add wood and do a nature style tank then those rocks will be fine.
I ordered the tank online through AFA. Glad you notice my not so big rock in the middle.

When I got it from Nature aquarium, I thought it looked bigger outside of the tank and did not want to ask the owner if I can place the rock in his display for comparison... so now.. I either have to work with it, or fork out another 30 bucks for another rock....

I should make up my mind by the end of next week. In the mean time, I'm going to let things grow out. The reason for waiting on the HC to grow naturally was not for cost savings. I really like to grow things out and see the progress in it. I don't mind waiting...
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You don't have to create a true Iwagumi to have a gorgeous tank. Tanks grow and change over time, and you may end up with something you never expected or thought you wanted. I initially laid down a significant chunk of change on rocks when I set up my tank, and then I ended up using a handful of rocks that I found on my own on a trip to the Poconos mountains.

I do think that your HC would benefit tremendously from CO2.
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You don't have to create a true Iwagumi to have a gorgeous tank. Tanks grow and change over time, and you may end up with something you never expected or thought you wanted. I initially laid down a significant chunk of change on rocks when I set up my tank, and then I ended up using a handful of rocks that I found on my own on a trip to the Poconos mountains.

I do think that your HC would benefit tremendously from CO2.
Frosty: you hit it right on the mark. I was not trying to go for an Iwagumi, or any style for that matter. My vision was a field of grass on a windy day with a group of rocks. I am definitely not going for a mountain scene...

I'm not 100% sure of the rocks, but I will know when things grow out. The rocks will stay until the HC grows and DHG gets planted.
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Took the advice of my friend and lowered the middle rock. To me the hard scape seem to flow better now.


HC is still doing good. I keep staring at it to make sure it's growing lol...
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^thats awsome! thanks i needed the laugh this early in the morning.

this tank is going to look really nice, and yes i do see a difference in the HC. pacience is key me thinks.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I am patiently waiting for my HC to grow....
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This is supposed to be the best way to grow the HC. Hats off to you! Planting it is the hardest part - and you don't have any fish to uproot it. Good going!

Just keeping on keeping on....


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