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eoncloud 01-02-2013 01:55 AM

113G Iwagumi
Hello everyone,

ive decided to start my journal of my first planted tank. It will be an Iwagumi styled tank.

Originally the tanks was custom built (66L x 22W x 18H) to be a saltwater aquarium wall divider in my old loft apartment in Miami

Unfortunately only a couple months after the setup i New Jersey. and the tank sat in a corner for about a year because i had lost all my fish during the move and i just didn't feel like going through the hassle of setting up and maintaining a saltwater tank anymore. i contemplating selling it for a while until one day i stumbled upon a picture of Amano's tanks and fell in love with the planted Iwagumi style tanks which led me here.

heres how the tanks sat for a long time (filled with garbage)

finally started working on it (painted and refinished the doors)

did some remodeling to the wall behind it

just received some Seiryu Rocks (more are on the way)

i am still awaiting for the rest of my supplies to arrive including my dirt so i can continue with the scaping

Also im trying to decide wether to go with LED (2 30" Finnex Ray 2) or T5 (3-4 60" bulbs in a custom built fixture)

any input or criticism is welcome and appreciated

amphirion 01-02-2013 02:05 AM

for some weird reason, i think the current placement of rocks as is would serve as an excellent minimalistic landscape--something with tons of wide open space. you've already have an excellent focus point. if you still plan to add more rocks, i would say add more to emphasize that focus point and not lay out rocks on the other side of the tank--to have the same sized rocks throughout the tank will make a level scape, and those arent really dramatic. alternatively, you can move your present rock formation, furthermore to the right and then add the new rocks on the left so that you have a concave aquascape. looking forward to seeing your progress.

manzpants92 01-02-2013 02:25 AM

wow this is going to look epic!

boxhead1990 01-02-2013 02:26 AM

Subscribing looks like will be a pretty epic iwagami scape

fplata 01-02-2013 02:32 AM

Any tank next to a Eames lounge chair will look awesome. Subscribed

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eoncloud 01-02-2013 02:55 AM

thanks everybody

fplata im glad you noticed :)

this is a rough sketch of what im aiming towards

Minja 01-02-2013 03:09 AM

I can't wait to see the the progress.

fplata 01-02-2013 03:26 AM

Which building did you live in Miami, it looks like one of the vertikas or cite. I used to live in neoVertika

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eoncloud 01-02-2013 03:31 AM

close by at The Loft 2

fplata 01-02-2013 03:34 AM

Cool man, do you have an idea on the plants, filtration and lighting?

eoncloud 01-02-2013 03:48 AM

its all still up in the air

foreground - HC, UG or glosso (leaning toward HC)
around the rocks - DHG
and not sure if im going to make a background or not if so i have no idea what to use yet

filtration will be my sump that i had in my salt water setup although MUCH more simplified

my old sump setup

and lighting im trying to decide whether to go with LED (2 30" Finnex Ray 2) or T5 (3-4 60" bulbs in a custom built fixture)

btw just looked through your journal and spotted some eames and barcelona chairs, very nice :)

fplata 01-02-2013 03:54 AM

That is one of the cleanest looking sumps i have ever seen, take a look at the ATI light fixtures, i know they are a bit expensive but they are incredible. if you do go HC, it makes since to cap your substrate with New Amazonia Powder, it spreads fast, also consider a DSM method for HC, will save you a bit of headaches with the plants floating up before they take root. Looking forward to this tank

eoncloud 01-02-2013 04:04 AM

funny that you mention the ATI fixture, that's what i had over my tank when it was salt water it was a 6x48 Powermodule i just think its overkill now i am considering the 4x60 Sunpower though

fplata 01-02-2013 04:08 AM

That will be perfect, i have giesemann mid day bulbs and ATI flora bulbs on mine and they work very well

UDGags 01-02-2013 04:45 AM

I got the ATI dimmable's with similar bulbs as fplata. Lots of people like them.

Beautiful tank setup so far. I really like the wall/wood behind the tank. I think the greens will go really well against the darker brown.

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