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  1. Planted Nano Tanks
    hey there, this will be my first time to learn setting up a tank with dry start method with classic iwagumi theme on mind.. i'm planning to use either amazonia (likely ver 2) with monte carlo and maybe two or three small clumps of dwarf hairgrass to gave accent near the hardscape. couple of...
  2. Lighting
    I just purchased the Chihiros WRGB 2 and man do I love this light. I was running the Fluval 3.0 for almost a year and wasn’t in love with the spread or the way it grew plants...especially the red plants. Here’s a comparison of the two. I’ve had the Chihiros for 5 days and the difference in...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello I hope my question is not silly but I’m starting a DSM iwagumi now my question is about the water to use when misting, Is it ok for me to use bottled water when misting during the dry start but when I flood my tank begin using remineralized RO water? I ask because I wondered if the change...
  4. Aquascaping
    Hi all, I've been thinking about creating my next aquascape for a while now, but I'm flip-flopping between sticking to the fundamentals and practicing a traditional style such as an iwagumi or a forest style or doing something really unique and different. Aside from Iwagumi, Forest/Stream and...
  5. Tank Journals
    EDIT 1/30/20: Here's how it looks right now, day 16 of dry start: Hi everyone! I'm putting together a 5 gallon desktop Iwagumi tank. This will be my first ever planted tank, but I'm going for it. I've been wanting to do this in the back of my mind ever since (like everyone else) I saw my...
  6. Tank Journals
    Hello there. After a lot of travel, moving to another apartment, I finally have enough time for aquascaping. Unfortunately i have place only for small tank in my new apartment. I chose 4,5 gallon tank with stone hardscape. While i'm waiting for new light I have some time to choose plants. I'm...
  7. Aquascaping
    Any feedback on my hardscape/ideas for softscape is welcome. I have used found beach rock from Sydney and Aquasoil. The tank is 50L (13Gal). I plan on planting it heavily with a range of micro leaf carpeting plants, mosses, and taller stem plants along the rear and sides of the tank. This tank...
  8. Tank Journals
    Passion is a funny thing. Purpose even more so. To think, the last time I put together an aquascape, I was proud to rock an iPhone 4s. I also felt as if I was on top of the planted aquarium world. But, out of nowhere it came crashing to a halt suddenly, right as I was on the cusp of owning my...
  9. Planted Nano Tanks
    New project in the ADA 45P Cube Garden. A brazilian mountain layout try.. this hardscape really need plants to look better. Sides, middle and background will be planted with mostly stem plants. Some color as well. Subscribe to my youtube channel :) www.youtube.com/nigelaquascaping Tank ADA...
  10. Plants
    hello, today i just switched on the lights noticed that my Rotala rotundifolia was showing signs of deficiency on the some of the new growth in the form of scrunched up leaves i have been dosing tropica specialised fertilizer at 0.6ml a day is this maybe to little? the tank has been set up for...
  11. Aquascaping
    Hey PlantedTank peeps, I'm working on my 60U Iwagumi. Would love to hear suggestions/comments on the scape as well as planting choices etc. I'm gonna work on the back left stones more, fairly happy with the right 2/3's portion. I'm gonna add some gravel or small stones for detail work here and...
  12. Equipment
    Hello all, I've decided to purchase a tank for the very first time. I want to create something in between an Iwagumi tank and a Japanese landscape, perhaps of mountains and caves and bonsai. I want it to be tropical fish friendly so that I can get small community colourful fish with a...
  13. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello all, Its been awhile, but I'm finally back in the hobby and back down the rabbit hole of spending entirely too much money on aquariums. :grin2: Back in January I set up Nano Iwagumi style low-tech system. Equipment and stocking is as follows: Fluval Spec V Finnex Planted Plus Clip on...
  14. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    hello, i have very hard tap water, and I'm sick of it and have finally decided to go with a RO unit which will be arriving be arriving soon, being new to RO i have a few questions. i will be setting up a nature aquarium and would like my Ph to be neutral/slightly acidic for the plants as well...
  15. Planted Nano Tanks
    Been out of the hobby for a while now and got bitten by the bug again, so here goes. Dry starting the plants with a 12 hour photoperiod. Specs: Current - Tank: ADA 30C - 30x30x30 cm Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia Hardscape: Seiryu Stone Light: Finnex FugeRay Planted+ (12") Root Tabs...
  16. The Lounge & Introductions
    Hi all, So I have about 17 years worth of experience in fish keeping. I started when I was five with your typical zebra danio-filled community tank with a pleco and quickly moved into marine tanks. I started my first reef at 11 years old with my father and have not stopped since then. I just...
  17. Tank Journals
    Hello welcome to my Iwagumi minimalist journal! Started with the hobby around march 2017 and I really like it so far. This is my second tank, my first tank was a 6.6g but it was way to small IMO. Have a look at my Youtube channel :) >> www.youtube.com/nigelaquascaping << Specs Tank...
  18. Photography
    Almost 3 months old just discovered planted aquariums and aquascaping, would really appreciate any feedback •20G SeaClear acrylic tank •Fluval stratum substrate •Fluval planted plus LED •Aqueon quiet flow 10 filter •DIY CO2 •EI dosing
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