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TLe041 11-26-2010 04:30 PM

My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks
 
Hello,

I'm in the process of starting a pair of new ADA Mini nanos so I thought I'd create a journal to share my experience and get advice. Here are the specs for the tanks:

Mini-L

Light: Archaea 36W CF clip-on
Filter: Eheim 2211
Heater: Hydor ETH 200 in-line
CO2: Archaea regulator with paintball adapter (used with Sera Aktiv reactor)
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia Normal & Powder
Stone: ADA Ryuoh
Flora: Hemianthus callitrichoides and Eleocharis acicularis
Fauna: Boraras merah, corydoras pygmaeus, CRS

Mini-M

Light: ADA Solar Mini-M
Filter: Eheim 2213
Heater: Hydor ETH 201 in-line
CO2: Fluval CO2 88 system (discussed here)
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia Normal & Powder
Stone: ADA Ohko
Flora: Utricularia graminifolia
Fauna: CPDs and CBS

Here are the images:

Mini-L tank with AS Amazonia substrate
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/...8c50eeae_o.jpg

ADA Ryuoh stones (approx. 15 lbs)
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5123/...0aa616b4_o.jpg

New Eheim 2213 canister
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5085/...94ae759a_o.jpg

CO2 equipment
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5243/...8a86d03a_o.jpg

HC
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/...5853e0cb_o.jpg

Archaea light on Mini-L
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/...d4e3211e_o.jpg

Hardscape in Mini-M
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5169/...6a595235_o.jpg

Closeup of ohko stones
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5042/...24880307_o.jpg

To be continued...

TLe041 11-26-2010 04:32 PM

Re: My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks
 
Currently, the Mini-L is in its second week of the dry start. All of the plantlets are alive, but nearly all of the previously submerged leaves have melted and new smaller, brighter green leaves have appeared. The dwarf hairgrass is doing great. There's no browning of the leaves at all. There's a lot of new growth and it's sending runners that are popping up new plants. I'm planning on adding a clear plastic divider to keep it contained.

I'm misting the substrate with water and Excel+Flourish once a day. The top is covered with saran wrap (with holes).

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5165/...cf7f7ffb_o.jpg


For the Mini-M, I had UG growing emmersed for about a week while I was waiting for the supplies to come in. I planted it yesterday. It was a looooooonnnnngggg and extremely tedious process. I wanted the UG to fill in faster so I separated all the blades and planted each individually.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4108/...55d769bd_o.jpg

I'd appreciate any comments and suggestions! :)

Seattle_Aquarist 11-27-2010 01:50 PM

Re: My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks
 
Hi TLe041,

Looks like two nice starts; I look forward to seeing them filled!

gBOYsc2 11-27-2010 10:47 PM

Re: My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks
 
Great start! It looks almost like you have a solenoid attached to your Fluval 88?

TLe041 11-28-2010 05:03 AM

Re: My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks
 
Thank you!

Quote:

Originally Posted by gBOYsc2 (Post 567702)
It looks almost like you have a solenoid attached to your Fluval 88?

That's the paintball regulator you're looking at, not the one included with the Fluval set.

I am on the lookout for an in-line solenoid for it though. The advice I'm getting is that none will work because the pressure will back into the regulator and damage it.

PeterE 11-28-2010 09:14 AM

Re: My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks
 
Nice tanks. I love your ohko stones. I'm also kind of interested to see how your Fluval co2 system works for you. I'm looking at getting it myself, but for a larger tank, and modified to use 24 oz co2 tanks. It looks like a nice system.

mudboots 11-28-2010 11:00 AM

Re: My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks
 
Interesting; I guess I never figured you'd need CO2 in those size tanks. I look forward to seeing the fauna incorporated into the scape.

TLe041 11-29-2010 03:20 PM

Re: My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PeterE (Post 567745)
Nice tanks. I love your ohko stones. I'm also kind of interested to see how your Fluval co2 system works for you. I'm looking at getting it myself, but for a larger tank, and modified to use 24 oz co2 tanks. It looks like a nice system.

I don't actually have it running yet, but I like how it looks so far. I swapped out the bubble counter and diffuser that came with the kit for some eBay glass ones. I also bought a brass check valve (should have been included with the kit IMO). Here's what it looks like on the Mini-M (sans water):

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5205/...43212f7b_o.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by mudboots (Post 567759)
Interesting; I guess I never figured you'd need CO2 in those size tanks. I look forward to seeing the fauna incorporated into the scape.

I've always had DIY CO2 in my nanos and it was always a pain, so this time I decided to go for a mini pressurized kit. I've read that UG can be hard to grow without CO2.

I can't wait to move my CPDs into this new set-up. I should get to that point around Christmas time :clap2:

TLe041 11-29-2010 06:39 PM

Re: My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks
 
Mini-L - 3rd week

All the immersed leaves have melted away by now leaving only the newly formed emersed leaves. There's a little bit of yellowing that I'm attributing to the 36W light so I decided to raise the fixture 2" higher. I'm also misting it with water containing Flourish iron. Growth isn't as fast as I was hoping it'll be.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5247/...7588935f_o.jpg


Mini-M - 2nd week

Not much change in the UG plantlets. There's no evidence of melting to be seen, but no new growth either. I'm hoping that it's because the plants are devoting all its energy into developing new roots before new leaves can appear.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/...3b1fa8d8_o.jpg

TLe041 12-05-2010 11:40 AM

Re: My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks
 
Mini-L - 4th week

HC showed some minor growth in the last 7 days, but nothing significant. On the other hand, the DHG is really taking off. There's a ton of new growth on it. It's a good thing I have a plastic divider (beneath the substrate) to help keep it contained. At the rate it's going, I could probably get a full DHG carpet in half the time compared to the HC.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5284/...14f85f1d_o.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5008/...0ba3fdfb_o.jpg

Mini-M - 3rd week

Lots of new blades starting to emerge from the substrate. I'm guessing the roots have sufficiently developed and are starting to send out new leafy growth. Hopefully there'll be a lot of visible growth in the next few weeks.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5001/...39119d69_o.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5122/...3095dd86_o.jpg


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