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Old 04-11-2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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first timer here. Iwagumi project


hey everyone! First time posting on the forums. Been looking around a while now and have seen many gorgeous tanks here. So, i decided to try to do a iwagumi tank on my small 10 gallon tank. I have set the gravel/soil and set the hardscape so far. I would appreciate any help from anybody. Thanks in advance



i pretty much was planning on doing a beach like iwagumi tank. So, the area where i left out empty is for the sand area. I put a rock there to remind me that i would also like a rock or two in the sand for later.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:02 AM   #2
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Hello if I had anything to offer, it would be to use the larger stone as a focal point a third of the way in from either side of the tank and use the others to accent it. Also-it will look a lot more natural if you bury the rocks into the substrate; gives it a weathered look. Lastly-an odd number of rocks is recommended for iwagumi.

In the end, its all about your preference. Good luck and keep us posted!
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:13 AM   #3
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hey genomer! Thanks for the info. I think my focal/main rock is the one at the far right. So, i should move that more toward the left? Oh and yes, i will add more soil on top to get the weathered look
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:35 AM   #4
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moved the rocks around a bit.



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Old 04-12-2013, 12:40 AM   #5
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Hello and welcome! I like that second hardscape you posted better. Looks like you're off to a good start.
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hey agua! yea, now comparing the two, the first one looks bad hahah thanks!
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hey agua! yea, now comparing the two, the first one looks bad hahah thanks!
I wouldn't say it looks bad...but we are all learning as we go along. To me thats one of the things I find the most enjoyment in. Who likes to get things right the first time anyway
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I wouldn't say it looks bad...but we are all learning as we go along. To me thats one of the things I find the most enjoyment in. Who likes to get things right the first time anyway
haha couldn't have said it any better that last sentence.

here is the latest. let me know what you think

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What are you using for the white substrate? Looks good. As I keep looking at it, I'm thinking that the right side may have too many rocks...maybe move the one in the center. It's hard for me to picture it without seeing though... Another benefit is that you would have more room for plants around your 'centerpiece' rock, if you know what i mean.

Since a 10 gallon doesn't have the largest footprint, you may find some difficulties keeping the two different substrates from mixing over time. I'm not exactly sure the best way to keep them from mixing, but I'm sure other members of this forum have more experience with that.

Other than that, I think you're off to a good start!
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I like it! It should fill out nicely with the right plants! Do you have a plan for plants? Also, what kind of rock and gravel is that?
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agua, the white gravel is just for decorative purpose. a beach like in another words. and i will give it a shot tomorrow night at removing that middle rock, maybe shifting them a bit again, since i already have a picture of the one above that we like. and about the gravel mixing, i think it may not as the white sand gravel actually isnt as fine as it looks. they a little bigger than normal sand grains.

bass, no i dont have a plan for plants yet. i wanna get the hardscape down first before anything. and as for the soil and substrate, the black is eco-complete and the white is a caribsea torpedo beach sand. the rocks are lava rocks.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:20 AM   #12
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Well, great find with the lava rocks, then! Keep the updates coming.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:27 AM   #13
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Very Nice Scape! I think you should keep the same rock placement. But one suggestion, maybe raise the slope a little more. The slope may disappear over time if you add water and not have some kind of carpet to hold it into place. I had a big hill on my first 10gal that leveled out after one month.
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Hey kai! Yes I will do so as soon as I get home tonight. I may need to add gravel everywhere maybe. I feel the front is a little too low as well. I will probably add another 1 1/2" more everywhere. What do you think?
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:23 PM   #15
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i was wondering where would you guys think to put the filter? i have a fluval nano aquarium filter. link:
Amazon.com: Fluval Nano Aquarium Filter: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Fluval Nano Aquarium Filter: Pet Supplies

i was planning to place this on the right back corner of the tank right by the slope/hill, but after thinking today, should i place it on the opposite side. Left back corner. If i decided for the left, i dont need to leave a "space" by the hill to fit the filter there and will have more space for more gravel
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