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ADA mini cube tanks

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by JewishSausage, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. JewishSausage

    JewishSausage Junior Poster

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    Hello.

    Im thinking of setting up a mini tank (under 5 gallons). I saw an amazing tank at a local pet store near my place. The problem is it is extremely expensive!!! 58 dollars just for the tank. Even online, the costs are astronomical..

    ADA Cube Garden MINI S

    Are there any recommendations where I can purchace the clarity and fine craftsmanship of an ADA tank at a much lower cost??? I like how the edges have no barriers and that the glass is glued together without the excess ooze you see in standard tanks. The clarity is also amazing!

    I plan to set up something like this

    Aquatic Eden: Aquascape of the Week: Foofooree's ADA Cube Garden - Freshwater Planted Aquarium Blog
     
  2. helgymatt

    helgymatt Guru Class Expert

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    I wouldn't call $60 astronomical...? You are paying for "clarity and fine craftsmanship"! If you want something cheap go to Wal-mart and get a 5 gallon tank for $10.
     
  3. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Most Home craft places sell those large cube glass vases etc, cost: 10-15$ or so.
    Say like Micheal's etc.

    ADA adds some Do! Aqua labels on those same things and resells them:cool:
    The tank above is different, but look, it's a nano, I'm not so sure you get much for a small tank for the $.


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    Tom Barr
     
  4. helgymatt

    helgymatt Guru Class Expert

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    What are these class vessels from Michaels like? Anyone have one or have a picture?
     
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    infopimp Junior Poster

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    They are one piece, have some bubbles in the glass, and are very far from optical perfection.

    I got "bit" by the ADA look and paid a lot for my 45C setup, but I have to tell you, it has become the focal point of the room and almost the house. Its a world of its own... and looking at this through poor glass would definitely have killed some of that vibe.

    But for a small nice desktop setup maybe at the office... I may think about a Michaels el cheapo. It all depends on your goal, and your means.

    here I am, 3 months into my planted tank fetish...

    [​IMG]

    Cheers,

    -steve
     
  6. helgymatt

    helgymatt Guru Class Expert

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    Very nice tank Steve!

    I was just thinking about an "el cheapo" for now to sit on a bar ledge. Probably no CO2 and low light....just some moss and anubias, small fish and few shrimp, maybe a palm filter:)
     
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    I agree with Steve on the points made.
    It's worth the extra few $, but if you are cheap...........

    I'm just surprised ADA would use those cheesy plant flower like containers.
    They are fine for wasabi type emersed set ups.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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