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From the fall of the old, a rebirth of Iwagumi - 20g Long

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I started out with a 10 gallon tank, nothing crazy, just something for my Betta fish. Then I was tired of the rainbow puke in my tank, went with something more natural. - 10g tank updates

So then after that tank, i wanted something bigger. There was a sale at petsmart for one of the 29g tall tanks. Came with lights and the whole works, figured i would try something planted. Well I learned a lot about light, algae and tiny little snail eggs all over my tank. I also learned that I don't like fluorite, as it is to bright. The tank was also hard to clean and it just wasn't something that I had time for, tore it down and now I have been waiting. - 29g about a week after planting.

Dollar a gallon sale at petco, picked up my dream tank of a 20g long. I was making more money now than at the time i started those two other tanks, and with tax season i figured its time to go all out. I want CO2, high lighting, iwagumi, HC carpet... I want the moon.

10000k Planted by BML (30 inch, 90 deg.) -
(also have to say the guys at BML are awesome, great customer service!)

Seiryu Stones -$_57.JPG

CO2 Regulator - GLA Atomic V3: (I just have to say that GLA is an amazing company who worked with me to provide outstanding customer service and I will 100% use them again just based on that)

CO2 Diffuser - GLA Atmoic -

CO2 Tank - Random Amazon - 5 lb CO2 Tank New Aluminum Cylinder CGA 320 Valve: Kitchen & Dining

Eco-Complete - CaribSea Eco-Complete 20-Pound Planted Aquarium, Black: Pet Supplies

Seachem Flourish Tabs - Seachem Flourish Tabs 40 Count: Pet Supplies

AquaClear 50 (maybe replaced in the future) - AquaClear 50 Power Filter - 110 V, UL Listed (Includes AquaClear 50 Carbon, AquaClear 50 Foam & AquaClear 50 BioMax: Pet Supplies

Also picked up some HC -

And maybe some DHG in the future.

I have attached some pictures of the rough setup.
(Dont mind the light, its just a temp.)

New 20 long setup -


Well thanks for taking a look! Please let me know if there is anything I could change around.

Also want to give a shout out to nilocg and his thread

Picked up some of his new ferts and dealing with him was awesome!
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I would have gone with ADA aquasoil like amazonia if you were gonna do carpeting. Its just really hard to get a nice full carpet with the ecocomplete and you also dont have to worry about root tabs.

I like the rock formation but the build up of soil in the back left seems off since most of the rest is just all flat. Also from the pic it looks like you have it really deep from front to back at like 2+ inches. I would do a bigger slope if your gonna keep the ecocomplete to give it some more depth.

These are just my thoughts and guidelines. I have never done an Iwagumi tank so this is just coming from my point of view.

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I understand that the Amazonia can be hard to find at times. Just saying that a lot of people have trouble carpeting with eco-complete, and it is hard to plant in sometimes. I have it in my tank and some things can be very frustrating to try and plant in it.
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