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Old 11-28-2011, 05:47 AM   #1
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70 Gallon Manzygumi/Woodagumi display


Strictly speaking, all iwagumi displays use rock as the hardscape.

But applying this concept to aquariums and the carpeting plants is a stretch already, but the method works very nicely and dramatically.

One of my biggest complaints is the lack of high grade rock in the USA, while ?I can buy it from an ADA vendors, the cost is prohibitively high given the amount of materials I like to work with.

The weight is often an issue also. Larger pieces can weigh up to 50-70 kg.
I have a lot of wood and the Manzy tree is very interesting in the stump bases that protect the tree's from frequent fires. These burl bases are very interesting and rock like in character.


This uses only HC and this is day 1. I'll try and give weekly updates on this.

I still have a rock on one piece of wood to weight it down. They HC got a little melted that I got, but should be fine.
I will switch the lighting this week weekend coming up to an ATI 6x 39W with a dimmer and set the intensity to 60-75 umol on the top rear and about 50 at the lowest front section.

I will have the option to drive the light levels much higher, but ........HC trimming is not as easy as Gloss trimming.

There is no rock except for the Petrified piece I collected in this tank. It's all clay ADA AS and wood and plant.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:49 AM   #2
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Another reason to do this tank was the fact I have lots of nice manzy for hardscaping, often what some call dull and unattractive.........and yet they can be used in many ways to make an effective hardscape (and often much cheaper than that one single big whopper).

I'll post a pic or two of what I mean with the smaller branches when you form them together to make a nice looking stump effect on the concrete later in the next couple of days also.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:11 AM   #3
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Still only 5 tanks at the house or did you give in?
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:24 AM   #4
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Neat, I had a similar idea a couple years ago.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:31 AM   #5
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Cool keep us updated and more pics of course!
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:33 AM   #6
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That, Tom, is something very few people can pull off. Looks great!
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:20 PM   #7
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Looks great Tom! Is this the one in your office that had the white sand?
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:46 PM   #8
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Great idea. I have a piece that I got from you that I was considering using in the tank for that same function. Aquascaping rock is ridiculously expensive and as much as I would like a hardscape tank I cannot bring myself to spending the orbital amounts they want to fetch for these things.
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Still only 5 tanks at the house or did you give in?
Still 5.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:59 PM   #10
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Looks great Tom! Is this the one in your office that had the white sand?
Yep, stop by in 2 months and it should be looking good.
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:02 PM   #11
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Great idea. I have a piece that I got from you that I was considering using in the tank for that same function. Aquascaping rock is ridiculously expensive and as much as I would like a hardscape tank I cannot bring myself to spending the orbital amounts they want to fetch for these things.
Well, as someone who sells wood, and having access to loads of fragmented burl rock like pieces, I think it's just one of those things, show and do, not talk.

No amount of obvious talk will illustrate what a pic will.

I show folks this:



No one sees the potential.

I show them this:


Everyone wants it.


Each has it's own use, but the rock and smaller branches actually are more useful for most scape goals.
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:26 PM   #12
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I saw the potential in that stump, enough that it was in my nano for a while but now going to enjoy upgrading to the 20L as an artificial rock.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:37 AM   #13
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Manzy is lots cheaper than most decent rock.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:41 AM   #14
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Nice tank Tom! I'm glad to see that you decided to use these stumps in another tank. I was a huge fan of your brass tetra cube.

I assume that awesome tree-like driftwood (which i'm convinced might be a work of some higher power) isn't for sale/is already sold?

(Sorry i'm not helping your cause. )
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:52 AM   #15
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That looks good. Not a lot of contrast with the AS, but won't matter once it fills in. Is the surface ripple from the return or a hair dryer?
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