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Help with MINI S

Ok, so I just ordered my first MINI S and I need some help with other equipment I will need.

I've made up my mind on the following:

1. Eheim 2211 canister filter
2. Archaea light fixture from AFA
3. Aquasoil

Any suggestions for:
1. Co2 system including diffuser
2. Heater (Do I even need one?)
3. Plants
5. Hardscape

I'm a newbie to this style of aquarium, so all your input in appreciated. Thanks.
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Ok, so I just ordered my first MINI S and I need some help with other equipment I will need.

I've made up my mind on the following:

1. Eheim 2211 canister filter
2. Archaea light fixture from AFA
3. Aquasoil

Any suggestions for:
1. Co2 system including diffuser
2. Heater (Do I even need one?)
3. Plants
5. Hardscape

I'm a newbie to this style of aquarium, so all your input in appreciated. Thanks.
1- CO2 system. I would conisder a DIY setup or the ADA Advanced CO2 system (the Advanced system comes ready to go from the start.)

2- If your using a canister maybe check out the Hydor Inline 200 watt heater. I use one on my Mini M. If hte room stays fairly consistant temps you could try with out one first.

3- I like plants that are scale to the tank. Just do some research first

4- Hardscape- I really love the look of wood but the right rocks would be great aswell.

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Ok, so I just ordered my first MINI S and I need some help with other equipment I will need.

I've made up my mind on the following:

1. Eheim 2211 canister filter
2. Archaea light fixture from AFA
3. Aquasoil

Any suggestions for:
1. Co2 system including diffuser
2. Heater (Do I even need one?)
3. Plants
5. Hardscape

I'm a newbie to this style of aquarium, so all your input in appreciated. Thanks.
On smaller tanks most would say DIY CO2 will be good enough. Personally I'm going to be putting pressurized on my nano because DIY fluctuates too much. And for a small tank the ADA Advanced System is pretty perfect, albeit a little bit more expensive than other options.

I'm not using a heater in any of my tanks, just be careful with temperature sensitive fish and, to some extent, plants. IME this is really only a problem in the colder months if at all. So no, not necessary.

For smaller tanks I think Rotala sp. Mini Types 1 & 2 both work perfectly. The main thing with smaller tanks is you want to create the illusion that the tank is bigger than it really is. Using HC as opposed to Glosso, Anubias nana 'petitie' and the like. One great advantage to smaller tanks is you can use most midground plants (Blyxa, Lilaeopsis, DHG) to create an effective background plant! There are some great, short growing 'nano' stem plants around, check out what everyone is using on here, I'm seeing new stuff every day!

I personally like the use of rocks in smaller setups as opposed to wood, but within the same rule as plants, get smaller pieces of either to pull off the idea of a bigger tank than what you're really working with.


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On smaller tanks most would say DIY CO2 will be good enough. Personally I'm going to be putting pressurized on my nano because DIY fluctuates too much. And for a small tank the ADA Advanced System is pretty perfect, albeit a little bit more expensive than other options.

I'm not using a heater in any of my tanks, just be careful with temperature sensitive fish and, to some extent, plants. IME this is really only a problem in the colder months if at all. So no, not necessary.

For smaller tanks I think Rotala sp. Mini Types 1 & 2 both work perfectly. The main thing with smaller tanks is you want to create the illusion that the tank is bigger than it really is. Using HC as opposed to Glosso, Anubias nana 'petitie' and the like. One great advantage to smaller tanks is you can use most midground plants (Blyxa, Lilaeopsis, DHG) to create an effective background plant! There are some great, short growing 'nano' stem plants around, check out what everyone is using on here, I'm seeing new stuff every day!

I personally like the use of rocks in smaller setups as opposed to wood, but within the same rule as plants, get smaller pieces of either to pull off the idea of a bigger tank than what you're really working with.
I do know I want to go with pressurized Co2, However it seems like that ADA system is quite expensive. Would a system from GLA be overkill for such a small tank?
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Would a system from GLA be overkill for such a small tank?
Not at all
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