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I've always wanted to try an Iwagumi style aquarium, so I finally decided to jump right in and see what would happen.

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  • ADA Mini M
  • Finnex Planted+ 16"
  • Eheim Classic 2211
  • Paintball canister w/ Aquatek Mini Regulator
To get things started I bought a bunch of small Ryuoh stones and went to work trying to get a nice layout. I had limited options because most of the stones only had one good side, and I didn't want to turn them away from the front and thereby "waste" the neat textures.

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I was hoping to do a mountainscape, but I think it turned out looking more like a rocky outcrop. I am still quite pleased how it turned out though. For plants I was going to do HC in the front and DHG in the back, but the store only had HC. It actually worked out okay though, because the one little container I bought had enough plant in it to cover almost my entire tank! I'm going to try the dry start method so that the HC can develop some roots before the tank gets flooded. Here's what it looks like right now:

Day 1 - Front View:


Day 1 - Top Down View:


Hopefully I've added the right amount of water; I wouldn't want the roots to rot or the plants to dry out. I guess we'll find out. More updates to come!

Last edited by TDV; 05-29-2014 at 02:41 AM. Reason: Added updated picture
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Love the hardscspe. Can't wait to see how it fills in!

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Looks good, very realistic looking layout.

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Beautiful scape!


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Glad everyone likes it!

Does anyone know for dry start method, is it worse to have too much water, or too little?
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Glad everyone likes it!

Does anyone know for dry start method, is it worse to have too much water, or too little?
Both are bad. Too much water; HC rots and melts - Too little; dries out and dies. You have to find just the right amount where the substrate is very moist but not sopping wet

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Day 8:


I wasn't sure if anything was actually happening, but comparing this photo to the one from last week shows that the plants are perking up a bit and growing some new leaves (hurray!). Some sections look like they are getting a little yellow, but I'm not sure if that is from before or if it is new.

I'm interested to see how the roots are doing as I've read that the the first couple weeks of DSM are pretty much all root development, but the only way to do that would be to lift up one of one of the patches and destroy all the progress its made so far...
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HC is starting to fill in now! Getting some good root growth too. I tried cutting off the small dead patches of HC, but accidentally pulled up a portion in the process. It seems like most of them are growing back anyway, so I'm just going to leave it.
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Goodjob on the cape and DSM. I've had mine in DSM for over a month and haven't really seen much of a change in the plants. Kinda irritating!


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I saw your post and it seems like we have similar setups. I have mine completely covered with plastic wrap, but I open it up for about 15 minutes each day and then mist the plants (mainly the ones in the back and on the slopes, less so for the ones in the front which already have lots of water). Based on the information I've been able to get online I would guess that my light is giving the plants somewhere around 60-80 PAR. I also used HC that was grown emersed, so it works really well for DSM. Submersed HC would (I think, correct me if I'm wrong) take a couple weeks to change into emersed state before you see much spreading, so if you used that it may explain the delay.
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Three weeks in, things are still going quite well. HC spreading quite now and putting down more roots. I'll be going on vacation for a week soon so I hope that spraying a little extra water and poking some holes in the plastic wrap before leaving will be enough to keep it alive while I'm away.

Day 21 - Top:

There are some empty patches that will probably take a while to fill in. Would it be okay to cut some pieces off the parts that have grown already and use them to fill it in? Or should I just be patient and wait?

I put some Fissidens Fontanus in the crack of one of the rocks a while back. I'm not sure if it will fit in with the Iwagumi theme, but it's doing nicely so I'm just going to leave it alone and see how it turns out.


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Yes it does look good. Keep us updated on how it fills in and when you flood it. subscribed.
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Wow! Looking good Im watching closely cuz im planning on doing this soon, looking forward to more to come
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