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60x30x30: Riccia Iwagumi

the riccia iwagumi is something ive thought about doing for a long time, i think i got the idea from one of george the farmers nanos. the idea is to have a classic iwagumi hardscape with riccia filling in the gaps to make the rocks look like they are one large rock/mountain with lawns of riccia growing over the top of it. there is no foreground yet, its either going to be white sand, or more riccia tied to pieces of a smashed bathroom tile. this tank is basically going to be used for holding my inferior fish and shrimp that are ready to be sold.

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60cmX30cmX30cm
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2ft double 24w t5ho 10000k
diy yeast co2
nano diffuser

hardscape/flora:
sandstone? - found at the beach, will probably raise ph
riccia stones

fauna:
"junk" male endlers from my breeding tank that are ready to sell
"junk" cherry shrimp that are ready to sell

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Nice, very clean look.


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Looks like a great start. Now why do they have to be "junk"?

Do you have a secret yeast co2 mix? Never seen it dark brown.


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Different kind of yeast or "sugar in the raw" would be my bet for the c02 mix.

Looks good, I want to see it grow


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This could end up being a very cool tank. I like all the riccia stones Maybe you could mix it up by placing some Weeping Moss stones in between the rocks and get them to "weep" down to the riccia.

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maybe the term "junk" fish & shrimp is a harsh, its more like.......less red cherry shrimp and not so colorful endlers to be sold off

yeah its brown unrefined sugar, its kind of moist and really fine. ive found it lasts a lot longer than normal sugar, usually up to 3 or 4 weeks.

weeping moss difficult to get a hold of here in australia, i have java moss but i dont think it would have the same effect. also i loath "weeding" out moss from other plants when it inevitably creeps through.
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Is Weeping Moss illegal down under? If not there's several sources online for it.

Why the 10000K lamps over say 6500K-6700K?

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Thats alot of riccia o.O'
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Cool idea. I was actually thinking about replacing my eleocharis belem foreground with that weed called riccia.
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Really nice scape so simple and awesome, hopefully it grows out well.

Amano's book 2 did a lot of work with riccia scapes, neat stuff, but can become a pain.

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that looks great and im sure it will when it grows in as well, but dear god trimming is gunna kill your soul.
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thanks everyone,
weeping moss is illegal to ship in from other countries but isnt illegal to keep. you can sometimes find it in australia but its rare to find and when it is available its expensive, usually $25 for a golf ball size, too much $$ for me.

i didnt choose 10000k, theyre just the stock bulbs that came with the fixture.

yes i am aware, trimming will be a bitch.......
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Cool idea, make sure you keep that Riccia trimmed pretty short. I've found that once it gets too high, the base (parts that are fastened to the rock) will die out and the patch will lift off of the rock.
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Is Weeping Moss illegal down under? If not there's several sources online for it.

Why the 10000K lamps over say 6500K-6700K?

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6500k lamps are fugly. They are yellow and don't grow plants any better than a 10000k bulb. I personally find 8000-10000k bulbs are the most appealing to my eyes.


This is an awesome start to a tank... Can't wait till it fills in.
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its been about a week, the riccia has grown a little, i also added some male endlers and 3 random barbs. i havnt had any algae issues other than a little brown algae on the glass, no biggie tho. heres some pics, i dont now why they turned out yellow, mabey because the kitchen lights were on this time.

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