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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-03-2013, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Help me get started on a 30 gal

I'm just starting my first planted tank and would like some basic advice on plant choices and substrate choices. I'm just gonna list my questions below.

1) What substrate will I need for growing an Iwagumi style tank with grass covering the bottom and such?

2) how many pounds of substrate would I need for a 30 gallon tank (12" deep 30" long)?

3) WHAT aquatic grass is used for an Iwagumi tank?

4) Any plant type suggestions?
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Hello and welcome

My first planted tank was a 55g "wannabe-agumi" tank (don't steal my title pls)
I had those questions too and the answers will really depend on your budget and the amount of effort you can afford to put into it.

imo, use dirt of some kind. Aquasoil and the whole ADA substrate package if you have cash.

If you want a cheaper alternative, look into mineralized topsoil (mts) is a start and you can cap mts with whatever looks good to you

There are many other diy substrate recipes, just search around tpt forums

Ime, don't make the substrate too deep, I did that with dirt, peat and floramax, it was very anaerobic, though I will say the plants seemed not to mind.
That being said maybe shoot for 2-3.5 inches total height? I'd say buy 2-3 bags, it may be handy to have a little spare substrate in the future

Hairgrass. (and others) but often.....hairgrass

dwarf hairgrass, eleocharis parvula, is often used for a carpet. It always agrees with a trim ime

Giant hairgrass, eleocharis acicularis, make sure you get this kind if you use it. There is another kind, eleocharis montevidensis. I won't whine about it here, but I will here

This stuff will grow out of your tank and some consider it a bog plant

4.) I too am interested in mid ground iwagumi plant suggestions
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alright thanks! That should get me started. I actually found a youtube channel called "The Green Machine" which has some pretty in depth tutorials on setting up planted tanks. Lists all the equipment/substrate/plant selections in the description. Pretty handy stuff. Check it out!

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