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I am trying out another iwagumi in my 60-P with new Amazonia as the carpet in my previous iwagumi got overgrown and lifted off the substrate.

This time I cut out down from 3 species to only HC and hydroctole sp. This tank is about 7 weeks old. Trying keep the HC short this time.

The lighting is 150 watt Aquamedic MH pendant with ADA 8000K "green" bulb. Photoperiod is 6 hrs/day; CO2 is 1 bps, Ferts daily - 2 ml Excel; 2 ml Tropica TPN; 3 ml Brighty Special Lights. I use RO/DI water reconstiuted with Equilibrium to ~3GH and 1/4 tsp of Seachem alkaline buffer/10 gal



I wish the stones were bigger or the tank less tall, so it will scale correctly.



Just the algae cleaning crew for now. I realize now that lighting will play a big role on what kind of schooling fish I get. With the ADA "green" bulb, red colors will look washed out - will likely go for green neons or rasbora kubotai rather than cardinals for example.
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wow breath taking. great job.


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Otos and amanos as far as I can see.


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I ordered some green neons but USPS decided to take 7 days to get the priority pacakge to me. Only the Amanos survived.

So now I wait for the LFS to get the right fish in stock...
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I ordered some green neons but USPS decided to take 7 days to get the priority pacakge to me. Only the Amanos survived.

So now I wait for the LFS to get the right fish in stock...
wow that sucks =( I have felt the woes of "priority packaging" arriving several days late. It's crazy that the amanos made it 7 days??!


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other alternatives are Hemmigramus rodwayi or Boehlkea fredcochui
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I wish the stones were bigger or the tank less tall, so it will scale correctly.
Looks good, I don't think the height is really off. You could make the main stone higher with some support underneath.
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Here is a sort of a side shot so you can tell how high the substrate has been sloped up on toward the back left. This was done to emphasize the height of the main stone. In addition, the smaller stones going diagonally help hold up the slope. If I had to do it over, i might pull up the stones a little more from the substrate.



The right side of the tank is kept intentionally bare to try and create an impression of space and prevent obstructing the intake pipe keep flow in the tank good.

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i'm really liking the slope feel. makes it indeed very hilly!
any thoughts on putting any background?
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You can get more height during setup many ways. Many times I push big rocks into the slope to give it more hold. If the setup is already complete you could put a big rock (flat one) under the existing rock and then fill with more AS. You would probably have to wait and have the HC grow back in around the new area.
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I never liked arranging rocks on iwagumis after its grown in. Gets too messy that way, especially this one as I really buried the suckers.

No plans for background plants. It supposed to be minimalist. I would have used my "mist" 60-P but its made with regular glass rather than low iron glass. The regular glass has a greenish tint to it and together with the green bulb would be too much.

I had a suggestion to use Microrasobora kubotai which I think is a splendid one. Just need to find a supplier!

While waiting this weekend would be a good time to mow the HC. I want to keep it about 1-1.5 cm max.
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Happy New Year everyone! My iwagumi is going on 10 wks now. HC underwent major mowing 3x since initial setup to keep it looking neat. That hydroctole (anyone know the ID?) is a weed that needed to be whacked back at least 6x.

I saw a certain style in several tanks in Tokyo (Aqua Forest and another one above a big department store in Ginza) where the hydrocotle "flows" down almost like sea fog over green mountains. That is what I am trying to achieve but not so sure I am getting there. I have been reticent to let the hydrocotle grow more freely for fear of it taking over the tank. This plant even grew floating in a bucket outdoors with no CO2/ferts, just a sponge filter



Closeup of main stones getting cleaned.


Plant porn shot! That is not CO2 bubbles, but HC undergoing very active photosynthesis basking under 150 watts of MH goodness. Just love watching those plants making O2.

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Looks awesome! What's your LFS? City pets?

I like the stand- did you buy it or make it? Is it laminate?
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