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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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New to the Nano scene!

Alright, well here's the deal - I'm new to the entire planted tank game. I have over the years been a dedicated saltwater junkie, and I currently have a 220G aggressive tank, and a 135G custom made cube, that is a reef. Both tanks are about 10 years old.

I am absolutely into the Iwagumi look. I love it. I think gorgeous and even more appealing to the eye than reef tanks are. My goal is to put a 5-7 gallon nano in my office, Iwagumi style. What tank would you guys recommend? What lighting? The guy who built my cube said he would build any dimension's I want if I chose to go that route.

I'm just not completely sure where to start.

Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 03:32 AM
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Hey, and welcome to the Planted Aquarium hobby! I am also a saltwater junkie who's only recently setup my first ever planted tank. I can't give you much advice as I haven't been doing it very long but here's a couple of pointers

Lighting
Depends on if you're going CO2 or no CO2. If you go CO2 you need high lighting (3-4+ watt / gallon) otherwise your plants won't be able to use the benefits of having CO2. If you go no CO2 then low - medium lighting (1-3 watt / gallon) else the high lights will produce algae that your plants can't out grow.

Tank
I actually used an Innovative Marine Nuvo 20G for my work setup. A lot large than what you're going but it's been really great. The AIO style more designed for reefing is working well as a planted tank.

Where to start?
There is so much invaluable content on here. Start looking in to what flora and fauna you want. Do you want a carpet that grows in between all the iwagumi stones, or do you want a plant / grass that grows tall and almost 'hides' the scape. In a tank that small I imagine your only real choice for fauna would be shrimp, red cherry are a great starter shrimp that reproduce really easily.

Go nuts on the research, coming from the saltwater world I thought freshwater would be simple but there's just as much to learn water chemistry wise!
Good luck, can't wait to see what you put together!
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ADA or UNS for the tank. ADA is Aqua Design Amano. UNS is Ultum Nature Systems.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-23-2017, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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So just a question, I was looking at the UNS 7.1G Cube, which is 11.8" deep. What lighting do you suggest so I can grow monte carlo in it?
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