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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-04-2012, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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mahko's Ohko Stone Journal

Full tank shot as of 2012-06-21

I lurked on here for a few months and thought I should start a journal for an iwagumi aquascape that I've had in my mind for a while.

Lets get right into it:

Tank: Mr. Aqua MA-720 (60x30x36cm)
Light: 2x24w T5HO Hagen Glo (2xLife Glo 6700k) 10" above tank 1x24w T5HO Sun Blaster 6400k
Filter: Eheim 2215
Glassware: Aquatic Magic lily pipes, NAG thermometer, ceramic diffuser
Hard scape: 20lbs Ohko stone / Dragon stone
CO2: Concoa 212 w/5lb tank, Clippard Mouse, AS1200 NV
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil New Amazonia 9L bag
Fertilizer: EI w/Plantex CSM+B (after dry start)
Stand: DIY 3/4" maple plywood ADA style w/bent 1/2" EMT conduit
Aquarium Mat: Everlast yoga mat cut-to-fit
Flora: Still deciding... HC carpet with maybe hairgrass backround
Fauna: Thinking of cardinal tetras with otos and amano shimp - open to suggestions

No pics of the build, but I followed several guides throughout this and other sites. I used Kregs pocket holes/screws and I would definitely use them again, highly recommended.

Here's the stand assembled unstained.

Stained with Minwax quick drying polyurethane clear satin. I put on 3 coats and sanded in between with 220 grit. Also rough measuring of the conduit. Way to tall.

Much better.

Got the lights to a height which I think should be high enough to avoid algae soup. Looking at the stickies I believe this puts me in the med-high area.

Close up shot of the hanging kit included with the light. Same loop on the top of the light. The Hagen has built-in, adjustable tabs to loop the wire though on the top of the fixture.

I could not find proper collars for the conduit which would give me some clearance from the tank so I improvised and used some left over plywood and made some spacers. Used some foam to add some support.

Inside shot showing the pocket screws.

Here's where I need some help... I tried a few layouts with the ohko stone and I'm not sure where I stand. I'll show a few just to get an idea.





5. Leaning towards this one.

Let me know what you guys think! I'm thick skinned, so criticisms are good too

Last edited by mahko; 06-22-2012 at 04:00 AM.
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