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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-07-2016, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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klibs' 20 long moss carpet RCS haven

***I will be updating this first post with specs / general details as the setup evolves***

Most Recent Pic (1/18/2017):



For this tank I tried something new. Iwagumi-style layout with a moss carpet. I had a ton of xmas moss from my last low tech tank so I bought some 1" filter foam and cut to the shape of my tank. Then I used fishing line and a sewing needle to sew the moss down to the foam and placed it in the tank. There is no substrate under the foam. It took around 4-5 hours to finish doing this but the result was an instant carpet that will be extremely easy to maintain. The foam fits to the glass snug so it will not float up with the rocks weighing down the majority of it. The corners uncovered by rocks are pressed pretty firmly against the glass.

The space behind the larger rock cluster is filled with black diamond so I can put a few stem plants in there. Beyond that I think I'll add a bit of anubias nana in a few places and that's it. Looking to keep it real simple.

As always if this journal helps others model a great looking tank I will be happy.

Current Hardware:
  • 20 gallon long tank
  • EHEIM 2217
  • Finnex Planted + (original)
  • Seiryu stones
  • Black Diamond Blasting Sand (just a little bit behind the rocks)

Current Flora:
  • Christmas Moss

Current Fauna:
  • RCS (a lot)

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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-07-2016, 04:31 AM
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That is awesome dude. Definition of low-maintenance. Very well done. So no substrate at all below the foam, right? Say you get rid of the BD sand and place some epiphytes on small lava rocks behind the seiryu's - NLJF's or tridents or bolbitis to give you the vertical aspect, that will make this the ultimate low tech. Plus complete clean up just by removing the rocks and the foam and maybe instant rescapes just by moving rocks around. No Co2, no dosing, as well?

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Just set it up today so I'm not even going to bother dosing. Honestly I have so many shrimp that there should be enough nutrients just from their poop.

The planted + is mostly blocked off with electrical tape so it puts out like 1/3 of it's light potential.

I will probably put a slew of small stem plants behind the rocks. Want to keep the 'nano' type look with small leaf plants. Stems of moneywort would probably fit the bill.


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Any substrate under the foam?


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Any substrate under the foam?


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No it is pressed right onto the bottom pane of glass. The only substrate in the entire tank is just a little bit behind some of the rocks.


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Those RCS are gonna breed lyk crazy in there, they must be loving their new home


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Very nice.

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like it so much

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Do I need to do something to see the pictures? I really want to see this one.
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Do I need to do something to see the pictures? I really want to see this one.
I host all my tank pics on postimage... apparently they are in trouble...

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Holy crap 1.8 petabytes a month, that is unfathomable to me!

Hope they find a way to salvage the operation. Never used them myself, but it would be a damaging blow to lots and lots of pictures around the web.

Fwiw I use https://www.flickr.com/


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Holy crap 1.8 petabytes a month, that is unfathomable to me!

Hope they find a way to salvage the operation. Never used them myself, but it would be a damaging blow to lots and lots of pictures around the web.

Fwiw I use https://www.flickr.com/
Just made an account... Re-uploading these pics and updating my links in the forum will be a huge pain.

Also I don't think I have a lot of the older pics from my old 75g journal so those may be lost forever


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