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Old 08-17-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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First Iwagumi


Been lurking as much as possible and have finally got a start on my setup! I have seen some really beautiful tanks on here and wanted to be apart of the magic. Anyways this isn't my first planted tank but its my first shot at an Iwagumi!

Tank: fluval chi (removed tab from around the top of the rim)

Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia new, also I put some DIY substrate holders in there because I've heard that its hard to maintain a slope

Hardscape: found some rocks at a quarry when I was diving (vinegar tested)

Filtration: DIY canister filter (still a work in progress)

Lighting: Finnex fuge Ray

Co2: DIY 3L bottle with a cheap glass diffuser (scared it got lost in the mail! Been over a week now) + some API liquid co2

Ferts: seachem

Flora: Dwarf Hairgrass is the only thing i have decided on for a bed, have though of anything else yet

Fauna: No clue here, I think I'm gonna wait awhile until the tank gets more mature. I have a 46 bow front that I keep ghost shrimp in, I think I'm gonna put some of them in here heh

Thanks for looking! I'm pretty ecstatic that its coming together!



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Old 08-17-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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Did you do anything else to the rocks except the vinegar test? I got rocks from the local rock yard and did the vinegar test too. But they may be raising my pH.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:41 PM   #3
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Did you do anything else to the rocks except the vinegar test? I got rocks from the local rock yard and did the vinegar test too. But they may be raising my pH.
I scrubbed mine with hot water and boiled them for 30 mins or so. I also checked to see if there were any visible clues like white spots to indicate if there was a deposit or not. I am just going to keep an eye on my ph level and hope for the best lol
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:42 AM   #4
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Small update!

Canister filter on the fritz so i picked up a small Topfin hanging one. I put some ceramic bio media in the back to help as well.

Pretty happy with the glass co2 diffuser as well, lots of tiny bubbles going into filter intake and they are being circulated all over the tank when the filter spits them out.

Just waiting for the ammonia spike from the aquasoil to die down so I can get some fish in there. Its at about 1ppm ammonia right now and 7.4 - 7.6 ph

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Old 09-29-2013, 01:48 AM   #5
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Update: Rescaped it and bought some dry ferts, put in some more hairgrass, cyperus helferi, and some long tailed zebra danios



Also started a tiny 1.5gal for fun. Hopefully I can grow a bed of HC cuba!

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Old 09-29-2013, 01:50 AM   #6
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AWESOME, keep up the good work!
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:57 AM   #7
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Nice. But that hob on that smaller size tank looks odd.
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Old 11-24-2013, 01:32 AM   #8
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Been a long long time since I've posted any pictures. I've trimmed the hairgrass a couple times and the cyperus helferi is just goin nuts. A small diatom problem developed, but I don't mind as I added 2 amano shrimp to it and they do a wonderful job keeping it in check. The snails also go through the hairgrass pretty reguarly and keep the diatoms off it. My only gripe are the diatoms on the tips that I wipe down once a week with a paper towel when doing water changes. The tom rapids mini canister filter has been working really well! I had to drill the holes larger and added about 7 new ones as well. It cut down on the noise as well. 7 neon tetras are pretty happy in it I hope.



I also bought a fluval edge on C.L. for 50$ and have not decided what to do with it lol. I'd like to start a saltwater tank but I have a horrible feeling that is going to hit my wallet harder than my meager grad school TA pay can handle...
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Old 11-24-2013, 01:48 AM   #9
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The tank has some awesome growth, well done. I would move the heater and filter behind the background plants if possible. The heater is making the tank appear very small and is unsightly. Unless you keep your house very cold, you may be fine to remove it. Also, adding a solid background (white or black possibly) would look a tad better. Just my opinion, but I do like the progress!
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:14 AM   #10
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I absolutely love that tank! If you remove the equipment and take some arty shot of the tank, it would be hard to tell your using rotting water in a bottle as your Co2. You realize you have a better tank than people with a Co2 system?

+1, Great journal, would read again.
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:38 AM   #11
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tenzero:
Unfortunately I have to have the heater I think, the snow reared its ugly head again today it gets quite cold in the house at night, around 65 - 68 F. thanks for the advice though! I tried a white back ground and am hiding the heater behind the plants, I forgot what silly reason i had it in front, I think something with the water flow lol.

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Don't sing my praises yet! I forgot to mention that I upgraded to an aquatek mini paintball regulator...I'm sorry to disappoint that I switched off DIY co2 but my gf bought me a tank as a birthday gift haha. I'm glad you enjoyed reading! I am humbled by your tanks as well they are so green!, I aspire to setup my edge like yours one day! (that hc carpet looks so wonderful but like you stated I would have to be paid to maintain it lol) I also tried taking some artsy photos with something besides my crappy phone like you suggested!

Thanks for the feedback and support, I'm really feeling at home here! I appreciate everyone who has posted and viewed my thread!



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