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Iwagumi 6.6 gallon

Welcome to my first aquascape journal! Got inspired by pictures on the internet and decided to make an Iwagumi. Placing the stones wasn't easy. Order enough if you are going to make an Iwagumi.

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Tank
Superfish home 25: 25 litre / 6,6 gallon
42 x 25 x 22,5 cm WxDxH
Lighting
5 watt build in LED + desk lamp with 9 watt (870 Lumens)
Desk lamp 15 watt 900 lumens
Desk lamp 20 watt 1200 lumens
Stones
5 Seiryu stones
Substrate
ADA Aqua Soil
Shrimp
10+ Red cherry
3 Amano
Fish
5 microrasbora kubotai
Plants
Micranthemum 'Monte carlo' in the front
Dwarf hair grass 'Eleocharis acicularis mini' in the back and between the stones.
Co2
Pressurized CO2 with a diffusor
Co2 checker edge 20mg/l
Heater
25 watt dennerle nano heater temperature 24
Filter
Eheim classic 150 external filter with lily pipes
Background
Black vinyl ADA screen

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Golden ratio
1 focal point because it's a nano aquarium. The above 1/3 looks filled but if you go lower only the main stone reaches it a little.


Dry start
Day 1



Day 6 extra dwarf hair grass


Day 14



Day 21
Rescape


Day 26 with water


Day 51


Day 64


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Hallo and welcome to the forum and to aquascaping

2 pots should be enough for this tank. You can separate the plant clumps even more. But if you want to do things fast you can also add another pot of hair grass.

I would say 3-4 amanos should be enough to deal with any rogue algae.

As a side note, the rock on the left side does not really fit as currently positioned. It seems to have a more porous texture on this side and detracts from the main rock. How does the other side look like ?
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Hallo and welcome to the forum and to aquascaping

2 pots should be enough for this tank. You can separate the plant clumps even more. But if you want to do things fast you can also add another pot of hair grass.

I would say 3-4 amanos should be enough to deal with any rogue algae.

As a side note, the rock on the left side does not really fit as currently positioned. It seems to have a more porous texture on this side and detracts from the main rock. How does the other side look like ?
Thanks for your feedback! I was limited with the stones that I received, because they only had 1 side that was okay. The other side has a strange white coat. This was probably the best setup I could make . I liked the stone because of it's complex texture. Altough it is different than the main stone. The idea is that the flow is being placed left; meaning that the stone was their for a longer period of time and has his complex texture. The stone will be covered a little over time by plants so the contrast of distraction will be less I hope. I still agree with your points

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Growth going pretty slow for my feelings (watching the tank everyday 24/7 lul)

Will growth going faster in the next weeks or stays stable?
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Growth going pretty slow for my feelings (watching the tank everyday 24/7 lul)

Will growth going faster in the next weeks or stays stable?
you can break up the plants into even more smaller portions and spread it out. Just my opinion if you want to get your hands dirty again.

The growth will speed up later in the next weeks. The plants need a moment to get "settled in" or "get cozy" in the new environment. Once it sits there for 1-2 weeks and gets used to the new stable and consistent environment, it will then SWITCH GEARS into growing mode. week 3-4 you should see growth for sure.

I could remember how excited I was checking my dry start everyday. You have to give it time and patience. It will grow. The growth speed will ramp up.
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That's some good news to hear! I had to order my lily pipes so got an extra dwarf hair grass package :p. I made the clumps this big because of the advice tropica says (6-9 clumps per package). Yeah it's excited af lol! @IntotheWRX
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Looks awesome


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Some dwarf hair grass is turning a little bit yellow. Hopefully temporary.....
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Some dwarf hair grass is turning a little bit yellow. Hopefully temporary.....
keep it wet enough
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keep it wet enough
Confused as I read on the internet yellow can also mean that it is to wet?
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Confused as I read on the internet yellow can also mean that it is to wet?
lol if its too wet, then what happens when you flood the tank with water? MEGA WET? drowning wet.
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lol if its too wet, then what happens when you flood the tank with water? MEGA WET? drowning wet.
Yeah was thinking the same but just read it somewhere. Some say that the plant loses it old leaves before new runners? Also saw that smaller clumps may be better for carpeting?
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Yeah was thinking the same but just read it somewhere. Some say that the plant loses it old leaves before new runners? Also saw that smaller clumps may be better for carpeting?
keep it moist. and wet. soaked maybe. and yes smaller the better.
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keep it moist. and wet. soaked maybe. and yes smaller the better.
Should I put them out and split them in smaller parts or just wait if this works out?
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Should I put them out and split them in smaller parts or just wait if this works out?
Bumping for this last question as I split about half of my bunches into tiny bunches and am keen to know if I should just do the same thing. Although tbh, my clumps are sending out runners already without CO2 so far. Just ferts.

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