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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Plants are complicated, here we go

Hey Everybody!

Starting this tank journal here to track the progress and show off my first attempt at a heavy planted tank. I've had plants before but nothing plant focused or Hi-Tech, so here goes the experiment

Equipment:
-20G Long with an ugly black rim
-Aqueon 30 HOB filter (Already had it, will eventually upgrade to canister)
-Pressurized C02 paintball setup. (Already had 2 tanks, cheapest option)
-Finnex Planted+ 24/7
-Adjustable heater
-Stand is an Ikea Kallax style

Substrate: EcoComplete, 1.7 bags approximately. Much larger granule size than expected, scooped off the largest gravel pieces for use in my 10 gallon.

Flora: On order from AquariumPlants.com are a mat of Dwarf Hairgrass, S. Repens, and some Ambulia (which apparently is a weed and will take over my tank....probably should've researched more)

Fauna: Not even thinking about it yet besides some Nerite Snails.

Here's a *rough* first attempt at a hardscape. I'd like to change this quite a bit before planting to get rid of the flat, boring look.

Feel Free to give feedback, comment, recommend anything different.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 06:59 PM
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A good Iwagumi with stones such as yours should have and odd number of rocks, with 3 as the bare minimum. This takes away evenness and symmetry, giving the aquascape its aesthetically pleasing appearance. Also I would give the scape more depth by making a 20 to 30 degree angle slope with the gravel from front to back...
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I think it would look great with a little change of elevation! Maybe raise up that left side and gradually fall to the right. One more stone with some smaller ones to accent the large stones would look great too.

Excited to see progress on this one!

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To create depth you are going to want to get more stones. You can place super up front and some behind. Different sizes are key to create depth. Use the rule of thirds for placement help.

Slope substrate front to back. Go like .5-.75" in front up to 3-4 in the back.

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Update: Plants are in! New rocks! Changed sloping!

Macro and Micro nutrient mixes from nilocg in the classifieds were a great deal. Cannot find somewhere within 45min of me that has a working C02 refilling machine, therefore I'm going the Dry Start Method route. This is probably for the best since what I actually ordered was Dwarf Baby Tears (HC), even though I thought it was Dwarf Hairgrass last post, and it could use the extra rooting and head start on carpeting.
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24hr later... Plants seem to look wilted and a few are browning. I'm thinking that since they were most likely grown immersed (not sure, grown on a mat) that the DSM will kill them. Trying to research on if they will survive if I flood the tank without C02 and supplement with something like API C02 booster or Flourish Excel until I can get my tank filled.
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