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Cooper's Iwagumi 20L

Hi everyone this is my 20 gallon Long iwagumi tank, Any Comments or Suggestion will be Appreciated

Tank Specification
20L
Coralife 65watts 6700k
100% Eco Complete
1x Hagen Unit and 1x 1.89Liter Bottle w/ Hagen Ladder Diffuser
EI Dosing
Fluval 203

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HC
Dwarf Hairgrass

Rocks that im gonna use




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If you notice you cant see any Hairgrass on the photo, I will try to update this tank with the hairgrass at the back of the tank.
Sorry for the image quality of each picture, i promise to take some of my tank with a Digital Camera.

My Special Thanks to:
DJKronik57 --- Thanks for the wonderful Rocks
Jen The Plant geek --- Thank you for the extra Eco-complete and HC (all the HC you see in my tank is from jen)
And all the Hobbyist who help me with this wonderful Project, thank you, i owe you guys

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Wow tank looks really good! I can't wait for the HC to fill in.
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dude thats gonna look nice when it all grows in! my HC took maybe 3 weeks to start taking off. after my setup now i want to try something like an iwagumi style tank.
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thanks guys! Yeah the HC is growing really nice on my tank, its been 2 weeks without any ferts, only co2 but this sunday the Dosing will start after my 50% WC.

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Looking good! But the rock arrangement doesn't seem so eye catching. Perhaps we got to wait for things to really fill in...I am excited!
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***This is just constructive criticism.***
I agree with Y0uH0 with the rock placement. Instead of my attention being drawn to the aquascape, I feel my attention being torn in too many directions at once.

Maybe try to find your "vanishing point" on the horizon line in the 'scape and go from there--just an idea. (Just my 2 cents.)
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I think it will look great once the HC fills in!





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Are you putting in fast growing plants to control algae?

In college....so no aquariums for a while.....
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Looking real nice, I personally like your rock choice.

Is the aquaclear only temporary until you receive your canister filter?
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Thanks!!!

yeah the aqua clear is just a Temporary Filtration, i have now a Fluval 203 (Old School)

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Are you putting in fast growing plants to control algae?
I'm glad someone else asked this question! I, too, wonder when I see an aquascaped tank such as this with sparse plantings, how do you avoid a mess of algae? It is more than I have been able to do even packing the tank with plants, so I can't imagine succeeding with this type of planting. I want to learn how it is done.

If I were to try such an aquascape, I would first establish the tank with lots of fast growing stem plants, then gradually switch it to this style of planting. But, by then I would have experienced every variety of algae known to man.

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before the tank begins to be Iwagumi type, it is a Fully planted stem tank, actually i did not dose any Ferts yet since then, then when i convert it to iwagum i remove all the water and i put it on a large bucket, then when my hardscape is done put back the water and not dose it again with ferts on like 2 weeks, this morning (Sunday) i do 50% WC and start dosing half the recommend ferts for 20g Tank

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looks good, good luck

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before the tank begins to be Iwagumi type, it is a Fully planted stem tank, actually i did not dose any Ferts yet since then, then when i convert it to iwagum i remove all the water and i put it on a large bucket, then when my hardscape is done put back the water and not dose it again with ferts on like 2 weeks, this morning (Sunday) i do 50% WC and start dosing half the recommend ferts for 20g Tank
Thank you for the reply! That makes a lot of sense now. So, if I can just achieve good control of my algae problems I might someday be an aquascaper! Now I'm getting nervous!

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Cooper, I just now saw this thread (how did I miss it??)

Your tank sure looks great! I'd love to see an updated picture of the HC filling in!


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