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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-29-2013, 05:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hightech 10 Gallon Dirted Iwagumi tank

Update (01/22/2014) on bottom of page 2!

Hi everyone,

Just joined the forum, so I thought I would post up one of my current projects I am working on. I just set up a dirted iwagumi tank. I've always wanted to try one out. I am pretty experienced with dirted tanks and have a couple others setup, which I will show later on. Let me know what you guys think of the setup. You might know me from my youtube channel "06TLforlife".



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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-29-2013, 09:45 AM
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I am no expert but i have seen a few iwagumi tanks and correct me if i'm wrong but they are meant to look very clean and tidy, which you have certainly achieved with those nice pieces of rock and grasslike plants nestled in between, it looks great, but the heater and HOB filter clutter such a small and beautiful tank. It would probably be expensive to change but perhaps an external filter with inline heater and glass lily pipes? Again i'm no expert, but just a thought, Good luck!
Oh and what livestock are you planning on?
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I am no expert but i have seen a few iwagumi tanks and correct me if i'm wrong but they are meant to look very clean and tidy, which you have certainly achieved with those nice pieces of rock and grasslike plants nestled in between, it looks great, but the heater and HOB filter clutter such a small and beautiful tank. It would probably be expensive to change but perhaps an external filter with inline heater and glass lily pipes? Again i'm no expert, but just a thought, Good luck!
Oh and what livestock are you planning on?
Thanks! I agree, the HOB filter does give off a bad look but i'm in college right now and don't really want to spend the extra money on lilly pipes since this tank will only be set up for a year. Appreciate the kind words!
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Update: Got some better pictures tonight. Plants are already starting to grow in great, after only a week of being set up. Also moved some baby cherry shrimp over. So far, so good!







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Looks great! It definitely has an iwagumi vibe!

Couldn't you just put a background on there to hide the hob?......or is that hob in the tank?

I think it looks good with the darker background, but it can be a lot of fun to play around with a translucent background + backlight

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Looks great! It definitely has an iwagumi vibe!

Couldn't you just put a background on there to hide the hob?......or is that hob in the tank?

I think it looks good with the darker background, but it can be a lot of fun to play around with a translucent background + backlight

Anyway, awesome tank man!
Thanks! Yeah, I need to go get a background to help hide some of the stuff in the back. Thinking of going with a white background this time. Iv'e seen some tanks that look really good with white.
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Little update: Blyxa is growing like crazy!

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I would move all of the blyxia to the back behind the rocks, just a suggestion.
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I would move all of the blyxia to the back behind the rocks, just a suggestion.
Yeah, I really wasn't expecting it to get this big. It's around 7 inches now. I was thinking about moving it somewhere so it doesn't block the rocks so much.
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Tank is filling in nicely







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That looks FANTASTIC
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Some comparison shots next to each other:

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Beautiful! That's nice to see the comparison shots from week to week.

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Beautiful! That's nice to see the comparison shots from week to week.
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