|03-21-2013 10:51 PM|
I am trying to do an Iwagumi setup with some driftwood. See pics. Would love to hear your tips and suggestions.
If I use the centre method it will be placed up on a mound.
|10-02-2010 01:19 PM|
|El Funko||Looking for an update on this thread. I'm thinking of buying this tank, and finding a light that will work is a challenge... Got pictures of the current status?|
|05-27-2010 08:06 AM|
|defiant||i really like the way this tank came out. Ive been seeing quite a few of these mr. aqua tanks coming up. I just got mine and started getting all my equipment. Like everyone else im trying to stay low budget on mine. Good luck with the HC I'll be planting mine on Friday.|
|05-27-2010 03:15 AM|
|CL||The only downside to terrariums like that is that the glass is always fogged up. Otherwise I'm sure that we'd be seeing a lot of empty aquariums around here|
|05-27-2010 01:04 AM|
So here's the update. HC is here, light (sent me the wrong one! Solarmax T5 or something? 36'' 21w, but no mounting kit ) is here. I added about 1 inch of Miracle Gro Organic Potting Soil and about 1-2.5 inches of Floramax. Maybe it should be more soil? The HC roots aren't tall enough to go into the soil, but water should have some of the nutrients from the soil. If the HC starts dying I'll tweak the substrate. Anyway here are pics:
It looks really nice right now...almost tempted to just leave it as a terrarium if the HC grows well. I don't think I'll be able to handle the possibility all this HC dying when I flood the tank.
|05-26-2010 01:58 PM|
|jargonchipmunk||make sure you have a way to keep the floating plants in the back and not shading your HC. Obviously, if there's a danger of it not getting enough light in your setup, you don't want to let LESS light hit them.|
|05-26-2010 01:05 PM|
|05-26-2010 01:15 AM|
So...HC in a low tech tank? The consensus seems mixed (HC is a high light plant, blah blah blah), however I've been doing some heavy nerd research. The following appears to work with the least amount of effort/cost on my part.
The revised substrate/methodology:
1. Per Diane Walstad's method, add a one inch layer of Miracle-Gro Organic Potting Mix below the Floramax. I believe the Floramax is inert, but is a good source of iron. The Miracle-Gro will provide macro/micro nutrients. This appears to be a poor man's aquasoil, and because of this the need to add additional fertilizers isn't required in a low light setting. I'll throw in some fish after the tank is cycled so that the fish poo can act as a continued source of ferts.
2. Per Tom Barr's method, plant HC heavily (I have ten pots coming in) emersed for a few weeks. After the roots have developed and the HC is where I want it to be, I'll flood the tank and throw in some fast growing floating plants like Wisteria to hold off the algae. I fully expect the HC to grow either slowly or not at all in a low tech setting. HOWEVER, as long as it stays alive, I will consider it a success.
3. Add Flourish excel initially to smooth the transition from emersed to submersed, then try to gradually wean the plant off it.
This sounds like the best chance I have. Excited to get this started.
|05-22-2010 04:17 AM|
|05-22-2010 03:35 AM|
The very front and back right corner may have some dead spots, but I'm not sure.
Sorry if you mentioned this before, but what are you planning to plant in the tank?
|05-22-2010 03:31 AM|
I did change the hardscape, this time so that the tank is neater. I figure if I'm going to plant moss or whatever, it would be a pain to have rocks sticking out every which way. At least there is a large open space now.
|05-22-2010 03:14 AM|
Oh no! I hope it doesn't hurt too bad. Tetanus vaccines are good for 10 years.
So when are the plants going in? Why did you change the hardscape again? I actually like either one though. Those stones are definitely nicely shaped
|05-22-2010 02:35 AM|
Speaking of thumbs, I got the tube stuck on the shut off valve on the Eheim, and in frustration attacked it with a pair of scissors. Bad idea, as I'm clumsy and I stabbed myself in the thumb. I ran around in a panic trying to find a band-aid, all the while my thumb was gushing (really, this was the worst injury I've gotten in years). Hope I have my tetanus shots.
Anyhow, after lying down for a couple minutes (I have self injury phobia or something), I finally fixed and installed the flow tubes. Not sure if I'm creating any dead spots. Also, that huge rock formation on the left takes up 1/2 of the width of the tank at least. Don't know if there will be flow problems. Maybe if I keep the outflow above the tip of the rock? Is that a good idea? No experience with any of this stuff.
|05-20-2010 11:45 AM|
Looks like your off to a great start. Subscribing for sure.
I agree with the above post about the java moss. Tank deserves something a bit more elegant.
|05-20-2010 06:17 AM|
OK, I just notice what you paid for the Eheim. Please tell me you got that Eheim at a LFS and not somewhere online...or else I'm going to bang my head on the keyboard. XD
You should go for moss you find most pleasing, but if you still can't decide then ditch the Java moss, nothing common allowed in there.
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