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Hey guys! I'm starting a 10 gallon Iwagumi tank. I have 28 watts of compact flourescent lightbulbs and I have Eco-Complete as the substrate. I am doing a yeast DIY CO2. I plan on growing HC as the carpet plant and dwarf hairgrass through the mid grown and the background.

I know that it is hard to get the tank balanced and there is a great chance I'll have many battles with algae. This is my first Iwagumi tank so I need some personal advice and guide to DO's and DON'T's for this type of tank.

I want to be able to do the best I can to limit the algae growth. If anyone has any comments and suggestions, please feel free to lay it all on me! It'll be greatly appreciated!

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Did you see the long posts not long ago about Iwagumi aquariums that went into great detail by the same author? I can't find them now for some reason. They are very good.

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While you have the light and the CO2, you must not forget to have a good fertilization regimen as well.

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Did you see the long posts not long ago about Iwagumi aquariums that went into great detail by the same author? I can't find them now for some reason. They are very good.
here ya go

Definitely check out francis xavier's threads for help/ inspiration.
One of his tanks - https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...hlight=iwagumi

another - https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...hlight=iwagumi

iwagumi article on layout and other things - https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/aq...-part-3-a.html

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Yeah I am using the NPK and Trace from aquariumfertilizerz.

And thank you Clwatkins!! I will definitely read that tonight
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Having enough CO2 will most likely be the biggest issue. You should use Excel in addition to DIY CO2. This will prevent some of the algae problems.

Also if you are using a nutrient rich soil, I'd hold off on the ferts till the third/fouth week.
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In addition to my DIY CO2, how much Excel should I also add?

Thank you for your suggestion about the ferts. I would have added it right away, but now that I know. I'll hold off
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In addition to my DIY CO2, how much Excel should I also add?

Thank you for your suggestion about the ferts. I would have added it right away, but now that I know. I'll hold off
1-2 mL every day, or however often you please. I just wouldn't go over once every 24 hours though.

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Do you think my shrimp and fish are going to have a problem with it?
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I've never used Excel with shrimp, but I follow the recommended dosages on the bottle, and have never had any issues with fish.

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