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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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100G Iwagumi tank

I have set up many tanks before, some planted. After quitting the hobby for a few months due to busy work schedule, I now am setting up a new Iwagumi tank. The main goal is low maintenance.

Plants will be:
- Chrismast moss
- HC
- Eleocharis Sp Mini
- Staurogyne Sp Repens

Why:
- They are all slow-med growth. Less on maintenance time.
- They are easy to trim. I believe I just need to trim the top. No uprooting needed.
- I decided to go with severals instead of just HC for a more natural look.

Rocks: Dark Seiryu stone.

Fish will be:
- 30 Rummy nose tetras or Cherry Barbs.
- 8 Nerite snails for algea control.
- Some Crystal Red Shrimps/Tiger Shrimps for algae control, if they survive.

The tank is next to my 180G discus tank. Clear-for-life acrylic 60 x 18 x20. Stand is made by the LFS. It looks just like the Perfecto stand made by Marine Land. I went with LFS for both and saved $900 compared to Petsmart's tank + Fishtanksdirect'stand. Same place I bought the 180G few years ago.


The LED light fixtures arrived today. Radion XR15W G4 Pro. I was concerned that the spread may not be enough for a 5 foot tank. But after turning them on, I saw the spread and intensity was more than enough. I think I could grow HC at 75% intensity to be conservative.


Filter Hydor 600. About 400GPH. I'm not sure if this will be enough. Do you have any suggestions? It's currently hooked up to the established tank for the bateria.


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Looks promising nice lighting. Make sure to use a few big stones. Example a main stone 2/3 of the height of the aquarium and with enough width.
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Off to a great start! Did those mounts come with the lights?


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Off to a great start! Did those mounts come with the lights?
Bought separately. The fixtures didn't come with anything that could be used to mount or hang. You'd have to buy either a hanging kit, the mounts or the rail.
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Bought separately. The fixtures didn't come with anything that could be used to mount or hang. You'd have to buy either a hanging kit, the mounts or the rail.


That is what I though, because I am considering them for a 150g project next year. Would you mind sending me information on the mounts?


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That is what I though, because I am considering them for a 150g project next year. Would you mind sending me information on the mounts?


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Added Aqua Soil, rocks, HC and Staurogyne Repens yesterday.

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Looks good. I would be worried that the hard scape will get lost once the plants grow in.
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Looks good. I would be worried that the hard scape will get lost once the plants grow in.


That's exactly what I was thinking. I would either

1) change out the rocks for bigger ones or

2) use egg crate (or something alike) to build those stones way up.
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Thanks for the feedback SKYE & xmas. I have about 30 lbs of white Seiryu stones under those hills. I had no use for them. Plus this is Aqua Soil which is supposed to slope a bit better, I am hoping this will stay for a year or two.
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Thanks for the feedback SKYE & xmas. I have about 30 lbs of white Seiryu stones under those hills. I had no use for them. Plus this is Aqua Soil which is supposed to slope a bit better, I am hoping this will stay for a year or two.


No that's not what we mean, we mean to tell you that your hardscape is to low. Your plants with grow over it. It also doesn't follow the rule of thirds when it comes to 2/3'rds up the tank height wise.
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No that's not what we mean, we mean to tell you that your hardscape is to low. Your plants with grow over it. It also doesn't follow the rule of thirds when it comes to 2/3'rds up the tank height wise.
ah..i've been trying to find bigger rocks.
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- I finally found some bigger rocks at a LFS.
- I finally refilled the CO2 bottle yesterday so the lights have been on for only two days. Before that lights were off and no CO2 so half of the HC and Staurogyne Repens melt. However, I cranked up the CO2 and they have been recovering. HC even pearled.
- Light is set at 80% intensity, 8H/day. I reduced the yellow a bit to make the tank look prettier. CO2 starts 2H before lights on and stops 1H before lights off.




- The CO2 regulator is a $60 DiCi one from Amazon. It works great as the reviews indicated. Solenoid, bubble counter, and needle valve work as expected. Arrived the next day with Prime's free shipping. Quick follow up from seller. Zero complaint. I rarely do this, but I think I might have to log on Amazon and give this item a 5 star.


- Intake & Outtake pipes with surface skimming from JARDLI on Amazon. They are well made. I chose metal to avoid cleaning. They are made for rimless tank but I got them to work for this Clear-for-life tank. It is a bit tricky to get the intake pipe in the corner hole but it can be done.



- A $20 drop checker on Amazon. It works just as well. They are all using the same chemical solution.


- Some pics of HC and Staurogyne Repens. The melting has stopped and they are now growing. No fish & shrimp yet so CO2 has been at 10-20 bps to be sure the plants will recover.


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I bough that same regulator it's great.
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Hi.

For a tank that size I still think you need larger rocks. Once your plants start to grow I count it that 4 rocks will be visible and the rest won't. I know in an Iwagumi styled tank you can sacrifice a rock or two but you're going to be left with 4 rocks visible which is a unnatural amount. What length is your tank?

Bigger rocks needed I believe.


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