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Old 09-05-2009, 03:14 AM   #1
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90 gallon Low-Tech "Iwagumi" layout feedback wanted


i just restarted a tank (90 gallons 36" X 24" X 24"), it was empty for a few months, because we wanted to sell it but we found some nice rocks and we had the urge to set it back up as an iwagumi. hope you enjoy!

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HC in the front, dwarf hairgrass in the mound, and japonica in the back part of the mound. I was originally running less than a watt per gallon, and i suplemented an additional 96 watts. no CO2 injection on this tank, excel only.

soil is old, worn down, amazonia type 2, which the HC loves to spread in, and it still appears to have plenty of nutrients still.

feedback on layout, plant choices or whatever, would be appreciated. thanks for looking!

please excuse the dirty tank glass
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Old 09-05-2009, 03:20 AM   #2
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wow great rocks! can't wait to see it when it fills in.
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wow great rocks! can't wait to see it when it fills in.

me too!
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:21 AM   #4
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If Chris was still around: "Holy Schniekies!"

That tank is going to look epic when it fills in. Any other specs on that? I think a big school of Embers would look awesome in that.
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:12 PM   #5
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embers hmm? i was thinking cardinals maybe. what other specs did you want?


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That tank is going to look epic when it fills in. Any other specs on that? I think a big school of Embers would look awesome in that.
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:51 AM   #6
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Cards would look great, but everyone and their brother are doing cards these days. If not embers, I'd stick to something that not alot of people see or use. Invertzfactory might have some small micro rasboras or small micro danios.
The one fish that is used often, but not often enough, are black neons.
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Old 09-06-2009, 02:20 AM   #7
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good call on the black neons, i considered them for a while but i want something with more color. any other plant suggestions or live stock would be appreciated
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Old 09-06-2009, 02:33 AM   #8
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dont know what kind of tetras they are..but the nature aquarium in santa monica has the coolest tetras ive seen so far. cardinals are pretty but have the same colors but are darker and have a diamond like shine to them..ill try to find the time to go there and id them
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I love the layout and the rocks look amazing. Hope my tank ends up looking that cool.
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jeff hows that 20 gallon comin along?

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I think the entire rock scape needs to be moved to the left, it's too far to the right so it feels kind of squished against the side. The 'golden ratio' is a little cliche imo but I do think that it would look so much nicer if it was positioned on that line.

I lovelovelove your plant choice and rocks though.

To continue my cliche line of thought today, rummynose tetras would be an excellent choice. I'm in love with them after I got to see them school together at ocean aquarium in SF.
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I like it. Maybe you should add a black backround?
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I like how it's weighted on the right side. It has nice negative space. It actually does work with the golden ration. I think intuitively, you placed the small rock on the far left on the line of golden mean.
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I like how it's weighted on the right side. It has nice negative space. It actually does work with the golden ration. I think intuitively, you placed the small rock on the far left on the line of golden mean.
I agree as well. The point of the main rock seems to be right on the money, if a line was drawn down from it, there would be a perfect square on the left side of the tank, and the scape fills the "square" that would be on the right side of the tank (If you get what I mean) because like what mistergreen said, the rock on the far left is right on the money as well. Awesome rocks too.
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the point of the rock isn't the focal point for me though, my eye is drawn to the sort of concave area in the middle of the main rock, wich feels like it's too far right.
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