Hello fellow planted tank enthusiasts!
Jimmy here, residing in the Pacific NW and I thought I'd share my tank with you guys/gals.
I've been fascinated with iwagumi/planted tanks for the past couple years and finally decided to jump in and give it a try myself, starting about 6 months ago. It's a 12 gallon book shelf nano tank, CO2 injected with a paintball kit and T5 HO 39w lighting.
Dwarf Baby Tears
Dwarf Hair Grass
Amazonia (a buddy had some extra so I decided to use it as the top layer)
I used the dry start method to begin with for about 3-4 weeks before fully submerging. No issues with melting. I had a real horrible bout with hair algae weeks 5-7, which almost made me want to give up - until I introduced about 15 Amano shrimp, which worked wonders. I also decided to start dosing Excel, which seemed to help. No more algae problems since.
Anyway, here is my tank. Hope you guys enjoy the quick little video.