hey everyone! First time posting on the forums. Been looking around a while now and have seen many gorgeous tanks here. So, i decided to try to do a iwagumi tank on my small 10 gallon tank. I have set the gravel/soil and set the hardscape so far. I would appreciate any help from anybody. Thanks in advance
i pretty much was planning on doing a beach like iwagumi tank. So, the area where i left out empty is for the sand area. I put a rock there to remind me that i would also like a rock or two in the sand for later.
Hello if I had anything to offer, it would be to use the larger stone as a focal point a third of the way in from either side of the tank and use the others to accent it. Also-it will look a lot more natural if you bury the rocks into the substrate; gives it a weathered look. Lastly-an odd number of rocks is recommended for iwagumi.
In the end, its all about your preference. Good luck and keep us posted!
What are you using for the white substrate? Looks good. As I keep looking at it, I'm thinking that the right side may have too many rocks...maybe move the one in the center. It's hard for me to picture it without seeing though... Another benefit is that you would have more room for plants around your 'centerpiece' rock, if you know what i mean.
Since a 10 gallon doesn't have the largest footprint, you may find some difficulties keeping the two different substrates from mixing over time. I'm not exactly sure the best way to keep them from mixing, but I'm sure other members of this forum have more experience with that.
Other than that, I think you're off to a good start!
agua, the white gravel is just for decorative purpose. a beach like in another words. and i will give it a shot tomorrow night at removing that middle rock, maybe shifting them a bit again, since i already have a picture of the one above that we like. and about the gravel mixing, i think it may not as the white sand gravel actually isnt as fine as it looks. they a little bigger than normal sand grains.
bass, no i dont have a plan for plants yet. i wanna get the hardscape down first before anything. and as for the soil and substrate, the black is eco-complete and the white is a caribsea torpedo beach sand. the rocks are lava rocks.
Very Nice Scape! I think you should keep the same rock placement. But one suggestion, maybe raise the slope a little more. The slope may disappear over time if you add water and not have some kind of carpet to hold it into place. I had a big hill on my first 10gal that leveled out after one month.
Hey kai! Yes I will do so as soon as I get home tonight. I may need to add gravel everywhere maybe. I feel the front is a little too low as well. I will probably add another 1 1/2" more everywhere. What do you think?
i was planning to place this on the right back corner of the tank right by the slope/hill, but after thinking today, should i place it on the opposite side. Left back corner. If i decided for the left, i dont need to leave a "space" by the hill to fit the filter there and will have more space for more gravel