Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
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An ADA 45-F? That is a little on the shallow side for an iwagumi/normal aquarium in my opinion. Maybe look at getting a taller setup. But then again, it may just be me! This size tank is perfect for a mini riparium.
If you wanted to make an iwagumi setup with a carpet of some sort, you would need a CO2 source. If you do not want to go pressurized, you could probably dose a little liquid CO2 (Seachem's Excel) everday. (Except the weekends).
For filteration, why not invest a little money in a small canister filter? That would allow you to hide it and keep the tank from getting cluttered. If you can't do that, a good mini HOB filter is the Red Sea Nano. Not sure if that will work for a 45-F though, as I am not certain of the gallonage...
This type of setup is completely realistic for a "newbie". Just be patient. You wont have a master piece in a day!
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