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Old 06-15-2013, 09:53 PM   #1
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Iwagumi fluval chi converted to ADA mini


Fluval chi 5 gallon - ADA mini 5g pg6
13w fluval ebi light - zetlight aqua mini
ADA ryuoh stone
ADA amazonia
Dwarf hair grass only
Zoomed 501

Had my chi for about a year now, starting a journal for my own reference and others. Also I know im gonna run into troubles as this is my first planted tank. Hopefully you guys enjoy the pictures! Thanks to everyone who help make this tank the way it is.















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Old 06-15-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
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I love the rock itself. I almost wish you could take it and turn it on it's side. Dunno if there is room to allow that though. To rotate it to the right, then have it diagonal. With the slimmer edge in a front corner of the tank. Just an idea.. no clue on how it'd look.

What kinda of rock is that? Loving thr charatcter.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:51 PM   #3
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I like the rockscape, it is shaped perfectly with some ridges on the bottom.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback guys. It's an ADA ryuoh stone from Japan. Im glad you guys like the layout. Will post an updated pic after my gf is done planting! Hahaaa

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Old 06-16-2013, 12:26 AM   #5
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I love fish, I actually wanted to rotate it the way you said but it changes the look of the other angles so I decided to keep it the way it is.


Anyway, I will try my best not to flood the tank for 6 weeks. Will keeping my light on for 12 hours per day too much?

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Old 06-16-2013, 08:43 AM   #6
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tank journal. Get tons of pictures! already know it's going to be an awesome tank


First spread out your DHG more, ideal planting is 2-3 stems per. This will help with growing more runners and less melting from competing with light. (once flooded) If you don't have enough DHG, go pick up some at petsmart for like $8 (top-fin definitely sells some good DHG) and get that carpet kickstarted as best as you can. More plants = better cause of not dealing with algae (they will out compete algae for nutrients).
12 hours is okay with DSM - try to inject Co2 into the tank either by homemade or pressurized, this will help plant growth - you could always keep breathing into it but very tiring haha. Once flooded, reduce lighting to 8-10 hours and add excel or Co2 to prevent melting. Also why not kill two birds with one stone - get a bucket of water and throw in some fish food or a dead carcass - then let your HOB (hang on back filter) go through it's nitrogen cycle. I know the chi filter is a bit unique but I bet you can rig something up to work while you let your DHG grow. Water changes should be every other day or so pulling out ammonia if you do have a big spike but if you cycled your filter to get some BB, then you might be pretty close to the light at the end of the tunnel.

also did i say, get tons of pictures! =)

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Thanks for the tips. I actually dont have a filter for this tank yet. Do you guys have any suggestions?
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:33 AM   #8
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5 days after planting..


Hows my water level?


If you guys got any suggestions or tips on how to DSM dwarf hair grass please feel free to post your thoughts..

Also, do you guys recommend a co2 system or will excel dosing be enough? Thanks for stopping by.

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what happen to your crayfish?!
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Crayfish is doing well in my fluval edge!
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I would drop the water level. You want the soil moist, but not to the point where water is visible at the top of the soil. I found that mold, algae, and other nasties take hold when there's that much water in there.

Also with the plastic wrap, I poked tons of holes with a toothpick in mine to allow for gas exchange without losing too much moisture. This way you don't really have to open the plastic wrap for gas exchange.

I would recommend CO2 after you've flooded the tank. While DHG can be grown in lower light and with liquid CO2, it doesn't look nearly as nice.

For filter recommendations, I would recommend a ZooMed 501. It's not too drastic in terms of flow and it won't take away from the sleek rimless look. You'll need to cut the spray bar a bit so it'll fit in the tank. To get extra fancy, you could track down a set of 9mm or 10mm lily pipes for it. I stuffed mine full with seachem matrix and a bag of purigen.

You can actually keep the light on longer than 12hrs if you dsm, but 12hrs isn't bad.

Misting at least once a day is a must. Just don't be too generous with misting lol. I went on a misting frenzy before that I had to stick a paper towel in to soak up the excess water.

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Old 06-22-2013, 09:09 AM   #12
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AquaFlora tissue cultured plants you must be in the Vancouver area great start to the tank.
As for the filter, it depends on your budget. You thinking hob or canister?
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I have grown DHG without CO2. I thought it did quite well. Look forward to your progress. Very funny start to the thread.
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That DHG is gonna look amazing in there!

Loving the added pics and captions, haha.
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Thanks mistah for the tips about the water level!! I just soaked a bunch of paper towels at 4 in the morning!! Also completely sealed the saran wrap with little holes.

And yes, detective trix Im from Richmond!
Still undecided whether to go hob or cannister. Im thinking those small hobs wont ruin the look of the rimless tank so much..

Water, thx for feedback. Any idea whether dhg will appear "greener" if I pump co2 compared to excel?




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