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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-09-2016, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Nooob's ADA Mini M!

I'm back boys and girls! It's been exactly 1565 days 5 hours 12 minutes and 37 seconds since I tore down my Do!Aqua Cube and I've been itching to get back ever since! In that time I lived in Germany and South Korea before finally moving to Colorado Springs last October.

While I was living overseas I couldn't keep a tank because it would just get neglected being as I worked so much. So once I found out I was coming back to the states I knew I had to set up a tank! So I watched the Sale threads on multiple forums until I found the exact same set up I wanted for a steal and I picked it up! Fast Forward a couple of months and this is what I ended up with!







Tank was set up last night and these pictures were taken right after lights on earlier this morning. Excuse the floating MC this is my first time growing it and apparently it just does whatever it wants!

So now the boring stuff..

Aquarium: Mini-M, Garden Mat, Glass Cube Cabinet
Lighting: Aquasky 361 10 Hours a day
Filtration: Super Jet ES-150 (NA Carbon/ Bio Rio) Vuppa I
Substrate: Amazonia, Power Sand S, ADA Additives
CO2: Advanced CO2 system, EL Valve, 1 bps via Pollen Glass Mini
Ferts: Brightly K, Step 1, Green Bacter, Green Gain (Definitely switching to EI Method when these run out)
Water Changes: 50% Daily for first week
Plants: Let's play how many different plant species can I fit in a 5 gallon tank!
Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo'
Eleocharis Sp. 'Belem'
Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis
Rotala Mexicana 'Bangladesh'
Rotala Macrandra 'Caterpillar'
Rotala Rotundifolia 'Singapore'
Rotala Ramosior 'Florida'
Limnophila Repens 'Mini'
Bucephalandra sp. 'Phantom Mini, Sp Purple, Pride Blue, Super Mini Catherineae, Black Label'
Fauna: Haven't decided yet. Most likely shrimp
Hardscape: Lava Rock from Tom Barr

Huge thanks to UglyGenius for giving me the much needed push to come back, Tom Barr, Mike Senske, Adam C, Barthohog, and everyone else who made this possible!

Feels good to be back!


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Beautiful start
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Thanks! I can't wait for it to grow in!


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I think you might run into problems with a 10 hour photoperiod + ADA Aquasky. I would start with as low as 6 hours and see how you go.

I really like the glass stand, tempted to get one for one of my Mini-Ms. Looks like such a slick setup.
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I was thinking about that earlier today so I pushed it back to 8 hours. I'll play it by ear at this point. But you're right it is a very strong light.

The stand is awesome. I highly recommend it. Only issue with it is finding somewhere else to keep all the clutter that usually goes in the stand haha.


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I'd be interested to see how long your CO2 carts last compared to on my Mini-M's. How many BPS you pumping out?
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I'm running it at 1bps right now. From what I heard at that rate it should last a month or so?


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Pictures as of 3 hours ago when the lights turned on.

Nothing much to report. Vuppa was blowing the stems all over the place so I took it out. I'll most likely put it back in later on down the road.

No algae......yet








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That heater has got to go! It's messing up all the prettiness

I use Hydor ETH 200 inline heaters on mine, less junk in the tank
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I know! I cant wait until it gets warmer so i don't have to use a heater!

I thought about getting the Hydor but since the stand is clear I think it'd take away from the look. Being as the heater is temporary and this one is driving me crazy, I was looking at getting the 50w Catalina titanium heater. Its only 5 1/2 inches so i think i can hide it behind the stems once they grow in.

Or ADA can come out with a heater! -_-
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Or ADA can come out with a heater! -_-
If only!

One thing that makes me hesitant about the glass stands - having to look at my Eheim filter + Hydor heater through it.

Those SuperJet filters are pretty sexy.



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Get a super jet! Or try one of the the chihiros clones. I hear they're the same thing.



ES-600 for my next project


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Welcome back, Nooob! Not bad for 1565 and a half days off. You're off to a great start.

I just wanted to let you know that I read this journal when you first posted it, but I refrained from writing because I didn't want to come across as jealous. I had to let the envy bleed out of my system for a couple of days.
Then I saw that you got a es-600, too, and I just said, "F-ck it. Let him see my jealousy."

Jealousy aside, I love the rock work. When it grows in, it's going to be stunning. (To me it also appears that should you ever choose to change plants, you can drastically change the look of the tank without moving a single rock. Meaning, you've future-proofed your tank against boredom and creative itches!)

Keep it up!
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Nooob's ADA Mini M!

Thanks for the kind words Ugly. I was very particular about the look I was going for and Tom Barr did a great job picking out the stones.

Longevity was definitely the goal with this hardscape. Hopefully I don't have to mess with it at all at least not for a while.


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Keep as updated , looks very nice

you did great job by choosing ADA stuff
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