This is my 10 gallon tank in a previous life (August 2011). It was a nice little low tech tank, until it got to the point where the plants were stunted and hair algae was dominating the tank. I knew I had to do something with the tank.
Recently, my friend got a 6 gallon long tank. While helping him search for ways to lay out such a long tank, I came across many iwagumi tanks that I han't seen in years. It was ADA style tanks that inspired me to get into planted tanks in the first place. It was then I decided I would convert my 10 gallon tank to an iwagumi tank.
As I made the preparations to acquire the ferts and CO2 equipment necessary, I also remembered that for many years I had desired to grow many stem plants, particularly Rotala
species, that wouldn't grow in my low tech tanks. I decided that the new tank would have both stem bunches and a nice carpet of DHG 'Belem'.
All filled up and ready to go:
Tank: All-Glass Aquarium 10 gallon tank
Substrate: ADA Power Sand and Aquasoil Amazonia
Lighting: 3x 23 watt CFL in 5.5" aluminum reflector
CO2: 24oz paintball tank into GLA Atomic Regulator V3 w/ CGA320 to paintball adapter, 3-4 bps
Ferts: EI dosing using mixed dry ferts
Flora (ones not yet added in blue):
- Eleocharis sp. 'Belem
- Ludwigia inclinata 'Pantanal'
- Ludwigia senegalensis
- Riccardia chamedryfolia
- Rotala indica
- Rotala macandra 'Japan Red'
- Rotala mexicana 'Goias'
- Rotala sp. 'Butterfly'
- Rotala sp. 'Magenta'
- Rotala sp. 'Pearl'
- Rotala sp. 'Yao Yai'
- 9x green neon tetra (Paracheirodon simulans
- 3x scarlet badis (Dario dario)
- 1x red spot nerite snail (Vittina semiconica)
I just set up the tank yesterday so there are no fauna in there yet. I already have the tetras and snail waiting in another tank of mine. How long should it take to cycle the Aquasoil and Power Sand?