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First Iwagumi Scape - Ohko Monument - PIC HEAVY | Anubias 'White' added

So, my 'Ohko Village' decided to become an 'Ohko Jungle', where all my stem plants decided to grow out of the water, due to overdosing of R.O.I.D.S. lol

Anyways...I've always wanted to try an Iwagumi Scape, so I figured it was time to nuke the stems and bring out the beauty of the Ohko Stone.

Heres the setup:

Tank: Do!aqua 45x24x30cm
Filter: ZooMed 501
Substrate: Amazonia Aqua Soil
Lighting: (72k)Archaea 27w CFL + 2x (65k)Fluval CFL 13w = Total 6.6 WPG 8 hours
CO2: Pressurized 2-3 BPS = Total 6 Hours
Ferts: NPK
twice a week water changes with 75% RO & 25% TAP

Current Plants:
Dwarf Hair Grass (DHG), Baby Tears (HC), Pogestemon Helferi "Downoi", & S. Repens 049

Current Inhabitants:
School of 9 Galaxy Danios, 7 Lamp Eye Killi's, (will be removed shortly) 10 Ember Tetras, 3 Ottocinclus, pair of Stiphodon Gobies, 1 Reticulated & 1 Borneo Hillstream Loach. Along with a small colony of PFR's, and a few Red Rili's (for my own personal viewing).

I'll do my best to update this weekly!

Didn't think arranging rocks would be so difficult..



Always wanted to try an island, so this was my opportunity.




Total of about 2 1/2 hours of planting...




messy messy messy...:p




Flooded - Day 1



Ohko Stones



Top Shot




Time for some Hillstream Shots!


Reticulated


Borneo


THANKS FOR VIEWING! \m/ ^__^

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Great tank I love the hillstream loach. I had one a few years ago, I could watch it for hours. They're so fun~
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Looks great!
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Nice to see a different iwagumi. You can only take so much sieryu stones

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I have heard of the sieryu stones changing water parameters, is that the case with the stones you have used here? It is nice to see something different, and those hillstream loaches are stunning!
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Beautiful setup and I love the loaches!

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Looks very nice, cool fish selection.
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Great tank I love the hillstream loach. I had one a few years ago, I could watch it for hours. They're so fun~
I love them all! haha. if i ever run into a new hillstream, that i dont own, its going in the tank! lol
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Looks great!
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Nice to see a different iwagumi. You can only take so much sieryu stones
thanks! im new to scaping, so this is my second scape .
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I have heard of the sieryu stones changing water parameters, is that the case with the stones you have used here? It is nice to see something different, and those hillstream loaches are stunning!
hmmm... im not to exactly sure if i notice anything? thanks! glad it stands out a little. and yes i love my hillstreams!

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Beautiful setup and I love the loaches!
im glad everyones enjoying them!
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Love the rocks
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Looks very nice, cool fish selection.
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Beautiful setup and I love the loaches!
+1 on that.
Those loaches are out of site!
About 20 years ago they were around all the time at my LFS, now nothing.
Are those the same as a stingray loach? I could be mistaken.
Either way beautiful fish!
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why so much light over the tank and so many fish so early? it's a small setup. not trying to antagonize, but you need to hit the brakes and slow down. All of those fish in a tank that is not cycled; a tank freshly planted with a ton of light; all on your first day with it flooded- you are going to encounter many issues with your water, your flora, and your fauna. I think you need to reduce your light, ease up on the stocking and approach your try at iwagumi with more patience... then you will start to really enjoy its simplicity.
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Looks great! I'm a fan of ohko stones. Instantly loved them once I saw some guy selling it over here. Those lampeyes are badarse too! I haven't been able to find any!

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why so much light over the tank and so many fish so early? it's a small setup. not trying to antagonize, but you need to hit the brakes and slow down. All of those fish in a tank that is not cycled; a tank freshly planted with a ton of light; all on your first day with it flooded- you are going to encounter many issues with your water, your flora, and your fauna. I think you need to reduce your light, ease up on the stocking and approach your try at iwagumi with more patience... then you will start to really enjoy its simplicity.
I wasn't so much concerned with the amount of light as I was the amount of fish. How many gallon does that come out to?
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+1 on that.
Those loaches are out of site!
About 20 years ago they were around all the time at my LFS, now nothing.
Are those the same as a stingray loach? I could be mistaken.
Either way beautiful fish!
Cheers,

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Im glad everyone loves my loaches!
I work at a LFS, and I think a bunch of places stopped caring for the difficulty of netting them into a bag.. I've seen a few cases where people stress them out to the point of death..
Hmmm... another common name I hear a lot for the Reticulated Hillstreams are "Butterfly" Loach.
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why so much light over the tank and so many fish so early? it's a small setup. not trying to antagonize, but you need to hit the brakes and slow down. All of those fish in a tank that is not cycled; a tank freshly planted with a ton of light; all on your first day with it flooded- you are going to encounter many issues with your water, your flora, and your fauna. I think you need to reduce your light, ease up on the stocking and approach your try at iwagumi with more patience... then you will start to really enjoy its simplicity.
Thanks for the advice.
But from my past experience, with my previous scape (same light/soil/co2/fishes/stones/etc.), everything did really great.
My tanks 'aqua soil' has been done cycling and leaching out its ammonia.
I drained my tank down and netted all the same fish into a bucket with an airstone, while scaping/planting the tank. I had no other choice, but to add them back into the aquarium once I re-flooded it. They all are doing just fine and I feel like, they're enjoying the extra room.

I would have wanted to have the DHG & HC fill in on its own, but I already had enough trimmings, from the previous scape, to just fill it in.

Im excited to see how everything works out.
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Looks great! I'm a fan of ohko stones. Instantly loved them once I saw some guy selling it over here. Those lampeyes are badarse too! I haven't been able to find any!
I know! I checked out the AFA store, but the GF limited me to the amount I could purchase lol

Thanks! So much respect for them Lamp-Eyes! I encouraged my boss to get some, and I was able to pick some up at $1.99 each!



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I wasn't so much concerned with the amount of light as I was the amount of fish. How many gallon does that come out to?
This tank is a 30L/8 Gallon Aquarium.
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Day 7 - update

So, Day 7.

nothing different has been going on.

did a water change, dosed NPK's. and plants love to pearl for me

some exciting things to look for is...

Im getting a glass orb from Han (h4n). :p

he had to ask what i was placing in there... and all i could think of was just a small Trithuria sp (Blood Vomit).. he over course suggested an even rarer plant..

Anubias Nana 'Snow White'.. so ended up supporting his plant room funds, and have this coming in with the orb on monday. ill post a picture when it arrives


anyways, for viewing sake, heres a lil pic i snapped before the timer went off.



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