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Hello everyone,

ive decided to start my journal of my first planted tank. It will be an Iwagumi styled tank.

Originally the tanks was custom built (66L x 22W x 18H) to be a saltwater aquarium wall divider in my old loft apartment in Miami






Unfortunately only a couple months after the setup i moved....to New Jersey. and the tank sat in a corner for about a year because i had lost all my fish during the move and i just didn't feel like going through the hassle of setting up and maintaining a saltwater tank anymore. i contemplating selling it for a while until one day i stumbled upon a picture of Amano's tanks and fell in love with the planted Iwagumi style tanks which led me here.

heres how the tanks sat for a long time (filled with garbage)



finally started working on it (painted and refinished the doors)



did some remodeling to the wall behind it



just received some Seiryu Rocks (more are on the way)




i am still awaiting for the rest of my supplies to arrive including my dirt so i can continue with the scaping

Also im trying to decide wether to go with LED (2 30" Finnex Ray 2) or T5 (3-4 60" bulbs in a custom built fixture)

any input or criticism is welcome and appreciated
 

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for some weird reason, i think the current placement of rocks as is would serve as an excellent minimalistic landscape--something with tons of wide open space. you've already have an excellent focus point. if you still plan to add more rocks, i would say add more to emphasize that focus point and not lay out rocks on the other side of the tank--to have the same sized rocks throughout the tank will make a level scape, and those arent really dramatic. alternatively, you can move your present rock formation, furthermore to the right and then add the new rocks on the left so that you have a concave aquascape. looking forward to seeing your progress.
 

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its all still up in the air

Plants
foreground - HC, UG or glosso (leaning toward HC)
around the rocks - DHG
and not sure if im going to make a background or not if so i have no idea what to use yet

filtration will be my sump that i had in my salt water setup although MUCH more simplified

my old sump setup


and lighting im trying to decide whether to go with LED (2 30" Finnex Ray 2) or T5 (3-4 60" bulbs in a custom built fixture)


btw just looked through your journal and spotted some eames and barcelona chairs, very nice :)
 

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That is one of the cleanest looking sumps i have ever seen, take a look at the ATI light fixtures, i know they are a bit expensive but they are incredible. if you do go HC, it makes since to cap your substrate with New Amazonia Powder, it spreads fast, also consider a DSM method for HC, will save you a bit of headaches with the plants floating up before they take root. Looking forward to this tank
 

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funny that you mention the ATI fixture, that's what i had over my tank when it was salt water it was a 6x48 Powermodule i just think its overkill now i am considering the 4x60 Sunpower though
 

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I got the ATI dimmable's with similar bulbs as fplata. Lots of people like them.

Beautiful tank setup so far. I really like the wall/wood behind the tank. I think the greens will go really well against the darker brown.
 

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fp - yeah ill probably get 2 mid days and 2 floras

udg - i wish ATI had the dimmables in 60" unfortunately they don't :(


BTW the substrate finally came in (thanks Ridgewood Aquarium!)

 

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Update

new update got my new light! ATI Sunpower 6x80w (60") YAY!







i was planning on starting the scaping this weekend but i got a bit sidetracked with another one of my hobbies and me and my girlfriend got a chance to test these new bad boys out

 
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