Iwagumi - method question
I just replanted a small 12 gallon nano-cube Iwagumi style. I was reading soemthing here, so I just drained the tank down to below the substrate in the front. I added some additional substrate in the back for an 'elevated look, it is about 4 - 5 inches higher than the foreground, and 'supported' by two large pagoda rocks. i am using Amazonian II, powder and normal.
I have a carpet of HC in the front lower foreground section, all the way up to the rocks. I have 4 leaf clover across the back and a few places where I threw in some micro swords, and some Glosso....just see how it goes. I plan to keep neons or cardinals in this tank.
I am injecting co2, running two 24 watt bulbs, on 6500K, and one 10000K.
Now here is the question. Should I go ahead and fill this up. i was thinking about trying to do this emersed, but because of the elevetated back, i am not sure how 'easy' this will be to keep it wet enough to support the growth there while the front HC is emersed. I have very good coverage in teh front, I would say 80% easy, so I already have a good carpet.
What is your advice, shoudl I just fill this up carefully get the CO2 running and let it break in, or should I try the emersed method? If I go with emersed, how long should I do this. At this point the only reason I can see for going emersed is to allow the root system to grow into the substrate to avoid it being dislodged....