So I have been lurking on this forum for a hot minute now and decided that i would try my hand at an Iwagumi 10 Gallon tanks with DHG to see how much trouble this little hobby could get me into. With all the information that is out there on Aquascaping I found myself quickly drowning in text about fertz, water conditions, substrates, latin plant names, and a sea of acronyms. I think i have gotten my head wrapped around most of the basics, but please correct me if i have missed out on anything. I would like this to become a visually relaxing tank to look at when i come home from work and would very much like it to succeed. Enough with the rambling and on with the specs!
-Standard Petsmart 10Gallon tank
-10 Gallon Hang on the back came with the tank filter
-50 Watt came with the tank heater
-2x 13Watt 6400K Full Spectrum PL Desk lights
Substrate and Rock:
-Seachem Flourite 15 lbs.
-7x Granite rocks from local High School
-Amazon.com combo Drop Checker and Diffuser (pretty sweet for $30 I think)
-Fluval bubble counter (about 2 bubbles per second)
-DIY yeast sugar CO2 supply (pics in a later post)
-Eleocharis parvula aka DHG aka Dwarf Hair Grass
-EI dosing K2SO4, KH2PO4, and KNO3 for Macro
-Flourish trace 1.75mL twice a week for Micro
-5x Root capsules in substrate for roots every six months
Tap Water Specs:
-pH 7.6 - 7.5 (man those colors are hard to read)
-Ammonia NH3/NH4+: 0.5 - 1 ppm
-Nitrite NO2-: 0 ppm
-Nitrate NO3-: 10ppm
(all tap water specs without Seachem Prime added)
Now for the Pics! Let me know what you think and any help with speeding up the spreading and filling in of the DHG would be much appreciated. The plants have been started submerged and have been that way for about 3 days now. I am starting to see the clumps send out what look like root runners. Thanks for all the info that I already leeched and all the help your post will provide in the future!
Mixed Ferts in Storage containers:
Hardscape with digi thermometer:
Petsmart DHG packs soaking prepairing for planting:
Top tank shot with 1/4 of the tank planted:
Top tank shot with about 2/3 of the tank planted:
Tank planted with drop checker in the water about 30 mins. after filling:
Bubble counter counting:
CO2 diffuser diffusing:
Please let me know if the picasa image links arn't working and i will try and upload the pic in a different place. Thanks again for all the info and please leave some advice!