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45-F, glass bottom iwagumi

After having this tank for a little while, I finally broke down after a couple failed experiments with it and decided I'd try an idea I had.

An Iwagumi Planted tank with a bare bottom. That's right. No substrate. It is a single rock iwagumi setup, with riccia tied down to small slate stones with random intermittent hair grass and glosso, etc (basically just random trimmings floating around in my Mini L). I also threw in the extra HM I had from my Mini S rescape, and some random patches of HC on the main stone got super-glued. I had some really ratty Anubias that were surviving somehow that got glued to the main stone.

The idea here is that riccia will form "mounds" as hills, and I can place more random shoots of glosso/hairgrass in there. As of right now this tanks plant choice is "whatever I had lying around."

This should be....interesting...

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Oh yeah, no filtration, no co2. Using two ott-lites as lights.

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that rock you have in there is very cool
so the idea is different ,but i like it

maybe a moss ground , just a suggestion
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The only equipment on this tank is two ott-lites, 13w each 6700k bulbs.

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I already like it. Great, unique idea. Can't wait to see how it pans out.


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well, I'll eat my words, that looks alot better than I first imagined when you said bare bottom iwagumi.

Get some white fun foam for a mat for the tank.

and move those riccia rocks on the left closer together.

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Hmm, I've never seen a bare bottom planted tank I didn't even realize that it was possible. The rock is great and in the perfect spot. Just add some other smaller stones to compliment it

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if you used some other rocks besides slate you could make it look a little like this i would think
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I absolutely love this tank! I have one on order right now. Such a unique shape. I really like your bare-bottom plans. How are you going to get the glosso/HM rooted?

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I can't wait to see how this turns out!

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i like it its a creative idea and all, but water circulation is a must. stagnant water is never good. and a thin (like 1cm thick) layer of sand would make this tank really look amazing.
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Cool idea! The rock is awesome.

It'd be neat if you slid a photo of fish taken from above under the tank. That way it'd look like the hardscape was floating above the fish.
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Thanks guys! I got a call from my roommate today (as i'm out of town), and he said so far none of my tanks have experienced any algae. Which undoubtedly means that to the casual observer there is no bad algae but probably to the person who stares at the tank incessantly's eye there is probably algae budding up among leaves or whatnot.

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Just don't be surprised if you come home to find that your roommate added green army men toy soldiers to the tank so as to reenact the Battle of Iwo Jima on a planted tank scale.
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a new and fresh idea. good for you. can't wait to see more of it. I might adapt the idea for my hospital/secondary low tech tank.

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