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My MIni S set up will be relocated to a place at work. Also before I take the challenge of setting up my 2nd 120P (found the wood I want just need $$$) I figured Ill get my hands wet again with a smaller tank. I went to Nature Aquarium today for some inspiration. I have bought many peices of ADA horn wood at NA before, so I have a couple that will fit my Mini M tank. After spending an hour at the shop and almost pulling the trigger on some blue axelrodi. I decided to look at the ADA stone available. Knowing how rare and beautiful the Hakkai stone is, I grabbed a couple and Toru and I worked on a hard scape for a Mini M. Toru was great. He gave me a box lid with the dimensions of a Mini M, and we both worked on the hardscape for an hour. Customers were intrigued on how focused we were and how the hardscape was tweaked until it had flow and was balanced. After weighing the stone, I left the store with 6 pounds of stone. Hakkai stone is used in my all time favorite scape Amano has done. Having the oportunity to use it in a tank really exites me. Im glad I picked this up becuase according to Toru this will be the only time it will be available as it is protected by the Japanese government and collecting it is forebidden.
 

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For now equipement and supplies will be as follows.

ADA Mini M
ADA Mini Solar light
Eheim 2211
Do! Aqua lily pipes
Do!Aqua diffuser
ADA NA 74 Co2 system
ADA Aquasoil type I powder and normal
ADA Tourmaline and Bacter
ADA step 1 brighty K "special lights", green gain
ADA Hakkai stone
Fuana will be Sandanio axelrodi "blue", pygny corry, otto catfish,
snowball shrimp
Flora Elocharis belem, Rotala butterfly, Rotala Sp green

Im gonna go all out and put all my nice stuff in storage to good use.
 

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The stones were not collected recently, only when it was legal.
That's good to know, but I wasn't thinking it would have been done illegally as your source is very reputable.

I was more curious as to the environmental issues of collecting it in general. Just because something is legal doesn't mean it's a good idea. By the time something is forbidden it's usually because terrible damage has already been done.

I'm not saying this is the case here and I should have been clearer in my original question.

Environmental issues have been on my mind and I had been thinking about them in relation to our hobby. It seems to an afterthought to the vast majority here. People clamoring to get species of plants/animals regardless of the impact all the while claiming there love of nature.

Anyways, sorry I wasn't clear initially. I'll think about starting a separate thread about environmental issues.
 

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This is going to be great! But you know it's going to mess with your head if you're not "entirely" happy with it. For what it's worth, I like the layout.
After looking at it again I did a small change and now im happy. Tomorrow is planting day.
 
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