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Bill's 12 Gallon Long - Iwagumi V.2

Hello all! Well, as the title states, I've decided to set up my 12 long as an Iwagumi again. I originally planned on going with a different look, but decided this would be best, as I already had all the materials on hand, just waiting to be used.

Here is the original attempt...

On my previous setup I was running a Finnex Ray 2, and it was just way too much light. This time around I will be using the Current USA Satellite LED plus. I have to say guys, I LOVE THIS LIGHT! Alright, so lets get down to buisness!

Equipment:
Tank: Mr Aqua 12 gallon long frameless aquarium
Filtration: Fluval 106 canister with Cal Aqua Labs lily pipes
Heater: Hydor 1/2" inline 200 watts
Lighting: Current USA satellite +
Co2: GLA Atomic V2 paintball regulator, 20oz paintball tanks, NAG hang on diffuser, eBay special drop checker

Hardscape:
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia
Stones: Seiryu

Planned Flora:
HC or UG carpet, still undecided

Planned Fauna:
5-6 Otocinculis
16 Neon tetras
5+ Amano Shrimp

Well, I think that's about it for now. I've been messing with the hardscape here and there for a few days now. I believe I'm pretty happy with it at the moment. I'm a little bummed, as I need just a tad bit more substrate. I want to add a small gradual slope to the right front, to compliment the slope going towards the back left. I guess you'll see what I mean once I can order some more aquasoil... Anyways, here's some quick cell phone pics from this morning. Enjoy!
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Very nice looking. I would just add some more substrate to the left side. Have you tried to slant both large rocks the same way, I think that would look better.

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Very nice looking. I would just add some more substrate to the left side. Have you tried to slant both large rocks the same way, I think that would look better.
Yes, I need to add some more aquasoil, but this is all I have ATM. I'll probably order another bag next week some time. I'm going to add just a little bit to the back left and to the front right. Keep in mind there will be a thick carpet eventually... that'll add some height as well.

I dunno about the stones, I'm pretty satisfied with it. I kinda like the V shape I created. It may break the some rules of Iwagumi, but I love utilizing negative space.
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I really like the first one. I'm sure this next one will be good too! Are you just going for one carpet plant? Makes the stone placement incredibly critical.
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I really like the first one. I'm sure this next one will be good too! Are you just going for one carpet plant? Makes the stone placement incredibly critical.
Thanks! Yeah, I'm gonna try to stick to my guns this time and not add any background plants. I enjoyed the first scape the most before I added the Blyxa. However, I've already considered AR mini or some sort of colorful rotala in the center of the main rock formation, with some hydrocotyle in front of that to soften the transition... I'm gonna TRY to just keep it carpet only, though...


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very nice start.. yeah those finnex produce ALOT of PAR and with a 12 gallon long, it's just overkill haha
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very nice start.. yeah those finnex produce ALOT of PAR and with a 12 gallon long, it's just overkill haha
Thanks dude! Yeah, I could only run the Ray 2 for 4 hours... Haha


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Cool Scape! Are you reusing the old AS? If not you could put that under the new AS and use the to create the slope. I usually use pebbles in a net bag to create slopes. It's cheaper than AS and holds the slope longer. But having another bag of AS is always good too. if you have extra AS you could always use it for another tank(or an excuse to get another tank).
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Cool Scape! Are you reusing the old AS? If not you could put that under the new AS and use the to create the slope. I usually use pebbles in a net bag to create slopes. It's cheaper than AS and holds the slope longer. But having another bag of AS is always good too. if you have extra AS you could always use it for another tank(or an excuse to get another tank).
Thanks! Unfortunately, this is all the AS I have at the moment. I need to order another bag. I'm also in the process of setting up a 20g grow out tank as well.

Thanks for the tip on building up the slopes, placing the pebbles in mesh bags is a great idea to keep it from mixing in with the AS. I may try that in the future!


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And...... Round 2!
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Saw your post on Aquarium Advice forum. I really like your 2nd hardscape layout. Will you be doing DSM? Good luck.


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