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2jackedLUNGS' ADA Mini-M

This is my first attempt at a planted nano tank. I saw my buddy's Mini-M and had to get one. So here it is.

Tank: ADA Mini-M
Light: ADA Solar Mini
Filter: Eheim 2213
Substrate: ADA Aqua Soil
Stones: Manten Stone
Wood: Old Black Wood
Fish: Celestial Pearl Danio x5
Shrimp: Crystal Red Shrimp x10
Plants: HC, Glosso, Blyxa japonica, Micranthemum umbrosum


Before water


Tried planting HC emersed but they ended up dying


Cleaned up the dead HC and tried again starting with Glosso


ADA Advanced CO2 and drop checker


Old Black Wood


Glosso the day I planted it


A week later


Blyxa a buddy gave me


Do Aqua Lily Pipe which I'm not using yet had a problem with it not creating enough current on the surface I'll try to use it later after my tank settles


A couple of my CPD's


Here's what my tank looks like currently




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Looks good.

Looks like you had your lily pipes set too low - they've gotta be like right under the surface of the water, then they create good surface tension.

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Looking great-- i think i'm going to construct one of these as my summer project. :P
I've always wanted a little setup like that with some shrimp
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HOw long was it from the initial planting that your glosso blew up so much? Thats the picture second from the bottom. Good looking tank.


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looking really good!


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I like this tank a lot. The rock and wood placement is all at once subtle and deliberate. Plant growth has been fantastic! Good job.
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what are you using for CO2?
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It took about 2 weeks for the glosso to really start to spread. I'm using the ADA advanced CO2 system.
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Looks good.

Looks like you had your lily pipes set too low - they've gotta be like right under the surface of the water, then they create good surface tension.
Thats what I was thinking but the Do Aqua pipes dont come with suction cups so I cant adjust the height. The guy at Nature Aquarium in Santa Monica said it should work at that height but I dont know.
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Looking really good. The rock/wood placement is really nice.


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Looks good.

Just a couple of thing to consider.

CPD's don't do well in small tanks they really need the space to pace. A 10g is much more adequate for them. Also they like to be in groups.

IYou wood looks out of place in this scape. I think the rocks would look better alone or maybe play with the angle of the wood. Looks to centered.

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Looks good.

Just a couple of thing to consider.

CPD's don't do well in small tanks they really need the space to pace. A 10g is much more adequate for them. Also they like to be in groups.

IYou wood looks out of place in this scape. I think the rocks would look better alone or maybe play with the angle of the wood. Looks to centered.

Just my 2 cents.

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My CPD's seem to be doing great. Their colors are getting brighter everyday. They are even showing signs of breeding already. Personally I love the placement of the driftwood. I wanted the focal point of the tank to be in the center. Plus theres no way I'm gonna pull that thing out now that my plants are growing in. The CPD's love to hang out under the wood, I think it gives them a place to feel secure when I do water changes and such.
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it looks really nice! where in the world are u guys getting your 'ADA mini m's'???
they are SO good looking... i want one.!! are theye xpensive??
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great looking tank, can't wait to see this fill out

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sweet tank lungs!!! I actually have the same set up as you, with the same doaqua lily pipes. i had the same problem with the doaqua lily pipes not coming with suction cups, but fixed it by using the black ugly stock ones the ehiem came with.
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