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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval Spec V Iwagumi


So yeah, after surviving happily for a month the fish (suddenly) got infested with Ich, and although I tried to treat it I must've been too late. So I decided to completely nuke the tank after hearing lots of horror stories about people re-scaping only to have the Ich come back a few weeks later which meant ripping out my old setup completely (see https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=206097)

Anyway, I decided to go for a more minimalist look and really like the Iwagumi style. I am taking it much more slowly and step by step this time, and have filtered out the good stores from the bad so I know where not to buy plants etc. In fact I may give the tropica 1-2-grow pots a go to avoid pest snails again.

At the moment I've just put the hardscape in and I'm giving it a couple of days to think about it and finalise:

And from an angle (which would look better if the Spec didn't have the annoying silver corner columns):

So yeah, it's just 3 rocks so far (the other 2 I had were too big to create a nice effect). Thinking of going with some low demand carpeting at the front and maybe some 3-10cm plants at the back, keeping with the minimalist style to give the feeling of spaciousness.

Anyway, give me some tips, some suggestions! I'm all ears!
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Here is what I'm thinking of doing. Adding 2 small stones to complete the hardscape something like this:

Please forgive the piss-poor attempt at 'photoshop' using Microsoft paint lol.

Think the smaller stones add more balance what you think?
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I love the iwagumi style. your scape looks great. what kind of substrate are you using? and have you thought of adding some substrate with a finer grain?
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Thanks, it is a first time for me! I am using the Fluval Shrimp stratum, even though it's probably not the best out there. Should look better when I get some water in and clean the rocks down a bit more and the substrate should compact a little.

People have said it is very messy stuff and breaks apart really easily. I haven't found it to be too bad really, but I haven't got it wet yet!
I am using a thin layer of 'JBL aquabasis plus' nutrient substrate underneath, just to provide an extra nutrient store for the plants.
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Here's how it looks now. Waiting for paintball co2 and 18w t5 next week.

Last edited by Aquaflow; 02-27-2013 at 03:53 AM. Reason: New video
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Looks great! What's the plant in the back?
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