While playing the waiting game for my DSM to finish for my Mr. Aqua 6.5 (about another month), I stumbled upon an ADA Mini-M for sale locally. I promised myself for years if I found a local ADA tank that I could fit somewhere I would jump on it, so I did!
The tank came with a Finnex Fuge Ray that the original owner said was too much for the tank. Par readings might say it's true, but compared to Overkill (my Mr. Aqua 6.5) this light is dull... I got her home, gave her a brief scrub down and then added some Brightwell Aquatics FlorinVolcanit that I had left over and some petrified wood and this is what we have so far:
I need to hit up another LFS to get some more small rubble bits of pagoda stone to fill in the gap. I plan to have this setup somewhat off-center and not be somewhat symmetrical as Overkill. I was thinking I'd make this a rock scape to counter my current wood only scape, but I'm thinking the rock pile needs a piece of wood jutting out of it to offset it and add a place for me to anchor some Windelov Java Fern and Needle Leaf Java Fern. I'm going to do my best to keep different plants from being introduced that I currently have and keep this setup basic. I do plan on injecting CO2, so I'll either have to get another bottle or gang off the regulator.
I've named the project 'Inspire' for a few reasons. First off I've found that ADA tanks have always been a motivational factor for a lot of us. Originally for us that are stateside, we had a bit of time where we couldn't get our hands on these tanks and when we could they were expensive to boot. On top of that when I would get into projects that got a lot of attention as a kid my Dad would always tell me one phrase "Aim to inspire, not to impress" to keep me to his humble standards as a Japanese kid being raised in ego based America.
Thoughts or recommendations on the carpet for this? I was originally thinking I'd try to keep a short carpet of Ranunculus Inundatus, but I already have that in Overkill.
I have to say though, they make a pretty pair together: