BruinHD's 10G Derimmed Iwagumi
Most up to date photo of my tank (7 weeks):
Day 1: The 411:
Just got back to my apartment from spending Christmas in LA with the fambam. Topping off the water and spill some over the sides. Turn my previous derimmed tank to clean water from underneath and BAM, CRACK, FLOOD, PANIC. Spent all day cleaning but my room looks pristine.
Lucky for me, ALL of my livestock was not in the tank but at my friend's place in her sanctuary tank over xmas and I hadn't picked them up yet.
Bought a new 10 gallon from petsmart w/ pricematch to Petco ($1/gal). Derimmed only the TOP this time. Gonna try to do something like Felipe Oliveira's grass tank with the tree, except way more basic and cheap.
Derimmed Top Fin 10 gallon aquarium
Aqueon HOB (until I can find a good deal on a cannister and lily pipes)
Lighting: clamp lamp on stand with EcoSmart 27-Watt (100W) Full Spectrum CFL Light Bulb (5500 K)
ADA Powder Type Soil (6L)
Mopani wood with java moss
I have paintball CO2 to refill (12g bike CO2 cannister for now)
I will try my best to keep this updated with mucho photos in case you're considering subscribing!
wheres the fishies at
Wow that's unfortunate, I have a derimmed 10, don't scare me :D
Looks like that Top Fin one has enough silicone for about 3 tanks on it though LOL. With a little bit more razor scraping and gunk cleanup around the top it would look great though.
Are you going to raise the waterline to the rim?
Hey, what regulator are you using for the bike CO2 containers?
Question for other hairgrass carpeters...how far do you guys trim your hairgrass down for fastest horizontal growth? Should I be taking this down further? Thanks ahead.
ONE WEEK AFTER UPDATE!
Water is crystal clear and sexy. Notice the green API assay on the left...my ammonia is still high at 6.5 today, that is after daily water changes. CO2 dosing with paintball setup has kept things at a nice lime green on the drop checker.
Roots are establishing!!
We got mucho RUNNERS, BABY!
Finished derimming the top fin tank, as well as goo-goning all of the rim with the exception of the corners.
Nice progress, pm me about the bike reg. I'm guessing it's the fluval 88 or 20 rig? I need something to use for about a month while I piece together a dual stage, and I work at a bike shop so this would be perfect!
Wonder how are u in scape club but live in Illinois hehe
I like the lights. Are you using CFLs or PAR LED bulbs?
Only one week for runners? Awesome! That's good news for sure.
The setup is great, I love just the grass.
WEEK 3 UPDATE!
I got my fish back from my friend's house (she was babysitting them while I rescaped my tank and my parameters settled out).
Hairgrass is exploding!!! I think I finally found the ideal combo for grass success. Can't wait til it all carpets in.
Still need to find rocks! Went to the LFS today and they wanted $25 so I said heck no I'd rather go scavenge by the river.
Here's a look at my nano reef that I've been working on as well:
Someone pm'd me about my CO2 setup so here's the breakdown of how I made it:
16oz Paintball Tank - $16 on Amazon
ASA Paintball CO2 Adapter Remote On/Off - $8 on ebay
Needle valve adapter - $3 at Home Depot
Teflon Tape - $0.60 at Home Depot
Mr Aqua glass bubble counter - $16 at Lotus Aquarium
Up-Aqua glass diffuser - $4 at Lotus Aquarium
Total: $47.60 including taxes.
The glass bubble counter was the ultimate I DON'T REALLY NEED THIS...but I dislike the way tubing turns white in tank after a small period of time and looks ugly. And I liked the way the Mr Aqua bubble counter sends a glass arm down into the tank to the diffuser.
It costs me $4 to fill the paintball tank and it's not even close to empty yet after 3 weeks. People on this forum say it lasts approx 3-6 months depending how you use it. I started out at 2bpm, but now I do 4bpm because I love seeing the results.
This was my old setup but it gave me too many leaking issues so I disassembled it. The new setup is cheaper, much more practical, and has had no leak issues. It just isn't as sexy.
DAY 28 UPDATE!
It's officially been 4 weeks! Check out the grass growth, very startling! It's amazing what some ADA powder soil, 6700K CFL bulb, and CO2 can do in 4 weeks that my 6500K + Flourish Excel + plain substrate couldn't do in 6 months. I am really amazed by the people who are able to get things going with low tech. But for me...it's gonna be high tech from now on. It's ideal for people who lack patience ;-)
This is my inspiration for this tank: Toro's Iwagumi at Nature Aquarium in Santa Monica, CA. So gorgeous. I bet the grass would partially crash if it didn't have CO2 running.
Thanks for looking!
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