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Hey guys,
I have a tank (not sure how many gallons, will check) and I would like to start an Iwagumi. I have no experience what so ever so no hard to keep fish and plants.
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Hey guys,
I have a tank (not sure how many gallons, will check) and I would like to start an Iwagumi. I have no experience what so ever so no hard to keep fish and plants.
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Well, Iwagumi just means rock formation so that's all you really need to do lol... But there are a bunch of rock types to use, just read around the forum, find one you like... Not sure you should jump into planted tanks off the bat (at least all the "difficult" plants to keep like HC/other high light/CO2 needed plants) if you've got no experience as you stated. Maybe some a low-tech type set up... There are also a bunch of easy to keep fish. How big is the tank? Have any equipment yet i.e. lights and filter?

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Usually, an Iwagumi tank has a rockformation of three rocks in about the center of the tank, with ground cover, (I.E. aquatic grasses, HC, ECT) surrounding the rocks. May I suggest looking at other people's tank journals in the "tank journal" section of the forum to see what I meen.
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Thanks guys
I am not sure the size of the tank but I will check (I'm at school now)
I have a Betta already
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Heres a link to an offsite thread that explains it. You're pretty much going to need the whole tank for the setup.

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Thanks for the link AshleySix
Does anyone know if a filter is necessary?
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Yeah, a filter is HIGHLY reccamended, unless you have a really small tank.

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Well I'd say it's about 1.5 to 2g and I will NOT put REAL plants in it... (Can't afford a filter)
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I suppose it could work. The Iwagumi just doesnt look "right" to me without the plants being real, but to each their own. I also really hope that you are considering how many times a month you are going to clean your tank. With that small size, you need to clean once a week.

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AshleySix- I am planning on 100% water changes every 7 to 10 days... Don't worry the plants I have bought look real from far. I will buy more tho.
Does anyone have any idea for types of cheap/good looking rocks?
Would rocks from a backyard work if cleaned and boiled.
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AshleySix- I am planning on 100% water changes every 7 to 10 days... Don't worry the plants I have bought look real from far. I will buy more tho.
Does anyone have any idea for types of cheap/good looking rocks?
Would rocks from a backyard work if cleaned and boiled.
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wait... no real plants?
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wait... no real plants?
Yep, for an iwagumi tank.

I'd love to see the finished product.
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Ok, well I won't be starting anytime soon (Not planning too). I'm waiting until Spring Break cuz I'm going to Tampa, Florida and I will bring back sand and possibly rocks...
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