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my first ever journal - 29 g iwagumi inspired

i am finally starting a journal. i am setting up a 29 gallon iwagumi style tank with java moss as the carpet. the fish will be 12 blue tetras and 6 amano shrimp.

i don't have fantastic gear but will be upgrading as funds allow. right now i just have a hob filter and the light is a marina daylight something or other.

my husband and i made the stands ourselves and they are super rough right now. they will be painted black when the weather permits us to take them outside to wood-fill, sand, and paint. i am saying them because there are 2. right now i have the tanks on the wrong stands but i will fix that when i paint them too (the doors open the wrong way...)

here is the new tank on the stand in the middle of my living room


soaking the rocks. they are garnet schist. my husband and i picked them up outside 2 days ago. i love how they look.


boiling the rocks


cooling the rocks


the stands in place in the living room. please excuse the barney purple walls...we are renting. also, please ignore the yucky, overgrown mess that is the tank on the left. the fish in that one are moving to the 29 as soon as it is ready and my betta is going into the 20 with some kuhli loaches and a completely new scape with soil and sand too.


putting the play sand cap on top of the soil


preparing to fill the tank


right after it was filled


after the first water change


what do you think of the placement of the rocks? i am not completely sold on it but i really love how natural everything looks. i am wondering if the big rock in the centre between the 2 pointed ones should be moved somewhere.

please feel free to let me know if you think the rocks need to be rearranged.

when i get the moss i am going to tie it to slate and fill up most of the bottom. i am thinking i would like to leave the sand showing in little "stream" looking areas. what do you think?

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does anyone have any suggestions for the rock placement?
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Looks wicked, I love the placement of the 2 tanks in the room!
IMO, ditch the mis-match sand/gravel, you wanna be focusing on the minimalism of Iwagumi, you'll just distract the eyes from the rocks and it'll look unnatural.
But overall, I like the rock placement and tank dude, can't wait to see how it will turn out!


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Nice start! Can't wait to see how it comes along.
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Looks wicked, I love the placement of the 2 tanks in the room!
IMO, ditch the mis-match sand/gravel, you wanna be focusing on the minimalism of Iwagumi, you'll just distract the eyes from the rocks and it'll look unnatural.
But overall, I like the rock placement and tank dude, can't wait to see how it will turn out!
thanks

i don't have sand and gravel in there, i have sand and soil. i didn't mean to have the front looking like that but since this is my first shot at it it turned out swirly. i kind of like how it looks. i may try to get the sand all the way to the bottom in the front so you can't see the 2 layers but i don't know yet.

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Nice start! Can't wait to see how it comes along.
thanks!
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