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Old 05-22-2009, 02:44 PM   #1
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I've just about got everything for my first MINI S planted aquarium, and I'm looking to get started with the hardscape. My question or advice I'm looking for is how to use the aqua soil that I have (normal and powder type)? Should I use the normal type first, then top it off with the powder? I'm unsure of all the plants that I want, but I do know I want HC, dwarf hair grass and maybe anubias nana. Your help and suggestions are appreciated.

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27w Archaea light
Eheim 2213
GLA paintball CO2 regulator with GLA POllen diffuser
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Amazonia II Aqua Soil (normal and powder)
A few rocks for hardscaping
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:22 PM   #2
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Ok, so I went ahead and just used the powder type aqua soil. Now I need advice on the placement of my hardscape. I'm thinking I may need a larger rock to be the focal point of the scape, what do you think?
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:29 PM   #3
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No suggestions?

I'm thinking about doing an HC and a microsword carpet (not sure where yet), and then a taller plant in the rear (any suggestions on this plant). I'm trying to keep it to 3-4 plant species since the space is so small.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:57 PM   #4
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I'd add a larger rock. The rocks you have are nice, but they will get buried fairly quick with HC and Microsword. I've found that a hardscape that looks about ten percent too big at setup, turns out to be just about right when the plants grow in.
I have the same lamp and I've found that moving it a couple of inches to the right evens out the spread. Just measure the middle light-emitting portion of the bulb and line it up with the middle of the tank. They height you have it is perfect. Have the CO2 at one bubble per second with no surface agitation and your tank will be at ideal CO2 levels.
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:10 AM   #5
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Thanks for the help UG. I just bought another large rock the other day, and I'm deciding on where to put it. I have some microsword coming in the mail soon, so I'm hoping to have the hardscape done by then.
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Added an additional rock. Look better?
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:21 PM   #7
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i read somewhere that iwagumi set ups should have an odd amount of rocks. someone correct me if im wrong.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:23 PM   #8
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i read somewhere that iwagumi set ups should have an odd amount of rocks. someone correct me if im wrong.
I think you may be correct. Maybe I should find another small accent rock to put infront of the larger rock on the left?
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:28 PM   #9
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The 2nd scape looks much better!
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i read somewhere that iwagumi set ups should have an odd amount of rocks. someone correct me if im wrong.
Odd numbers are best. Only weird people like me will actually count the rocks. It's just like group plantings with bonsai. With rocks (and bonsai) it's best to go with 1,2,3,5,7,9,11 etc (the only even number that typically works is 2)

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I think you may be correct. Maybe I should find another small accent rock to put infront of the larger rock on the left?
I would just add a small rock on the left in front of the medium-ish sized rock like you said.

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