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20L Iwagumi Monte Carlo DSM ***UPDATED***

Hey guys im starting a 20L Iwagumi and all I have is the hard scape right now. I will update as soon as I start planting.

Lighting: 30" Finnex Ray 2, 20" Finnex fugeray
Filter: Penguin 200
Substrate: Black flourite
Hardscape: Seiryu rocks
Flora: Monte Carlo
CO2: Paintball

June 22, 2014

June 26, 2014 (after planting)

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-23-2014, 03:39 PM
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I like the look of the scape already.
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That is a 10/10 hardscape
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I'm a big fan of the seiryu stone, and like the way you've made the substrate match. It can get tiresome seeing seiryu stone with amazonia over and over again, like some cookie cutter layout, or paint by numbers aquascape. Did you also add some grey stone to the flourite?

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I'm a big fan of the seiryu stone, and like the way you've made the substrate match. It can get tiresome seeing seiryu stone with amazonia over and over again, like some cookie cutter layout, or paint by numbers aquascape. Did you also add some grey stone to the flourite?

Looking forward to this journal.
thank you! i just used a bag of the regular flourite and 2 bags of the midnight
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thank you all for your feedback! i will update as soon as i get the plants.
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so after 8 weeks I finally decided to fill the tank. I wanted to wait till it covered the tank but progress was going too slow. I think I got a lot of growth on the lower sections (bottom right) compared the top (top left) because there was more water at the bottom. I would mist 3 times a week and it still wasnt enough to encourage good growth at the peak. I also kept a glass over it to get good humidity. It was a lot slower than I expected but I have decent results and the plants didnt get uprooted after filling.

All in all it was a very easy process and I would recommend this to anybody. Now I have to see how the plants adjust to the submersion. I cranked the Co2 pretty high so I think they should be ok.
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hey everybody! so im finally getting somewhere with this tank. this is the first successful iwagumi that i have had i'm pretty proud of it so far. there still has some spots to fill but that will just take a little more time. any comments are welcome!

please see the original post for pic progression.
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Looks excellent!! The carpet looks super lush, would is a challenge in itself and you managed to make the hardscape look killer as well! I think putting another sp. or two in and around the rocks would really complete the look. But this is just my two cents, it ultimately comes down to what you want.
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Another update! Just added some blyxa japonica in the back. Let me know what you guys think!
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Looks great! That hardscape is so nice. It's may just be my taste, but I prefer white backgrounds behind an iwagumi rather than black, maybe you should try it out? Great tank!
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Looks great! That hardscape is so nice. It's may just be my taste, but I prefer white backgrounds behind an iwagumi rather than black, maybe you should try it out? Great tank!
thanks for the feedback! I wanted the black background to hide my filters. The white background does look very nice tho!
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