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Thor's Two Tanks (Iwagumi & Manzanita)

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Note: Added second tank to thread. Updates will always be on new post.

Well after a one year hiatus from the tank game I am back. Grad school has kept me busy, but I couldn't stop the itch so I decided to revive my AGA 5 gal.

Long story short, I decided on a whim to derim the tank last week because I didn't want to buy a new rimless tank. After successfully derimming the tank I then set out to find supplies....That takes us to today.

This morning I drove up to visit Soup12 and ended up leaving with quite a bit. Aside from little odds and ends, I bought a good amount of Seiryu Stone, some manzanita, a mini fugeray, and a filter. I also got a few plants (HC, ferns, and some stem plants).

After setting the tank up in a variety of ways, I opted to go stone only. I will be carpeting the front with HC and filling in behind the rocks with stems, ferns, and anubis petite or whatever fits.

For the next few weeks I will be running 12hr photoperiods for the emersed HC to get a start. After the carpet has got a good hold I will reduce lighting, fill and dose macro/micro, and start up my paintball co2. If all goes well I will add some shrimp down the road.

Pictures at start are crappy due to condensation on glass, but I tried to get some decent images of main rock. Hopefully you can get an idea.

-Thor

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Well not much to report, but I did order two pots of HC to get a bit more of a head start. I have also planted a temporary tank with some manzanita and some stem plants that will be going into this tank. I believe I have L. Red and sunset hygro which should add some nice contrast to my carpet. More pics of tanks to come.
 

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For any of you out there I will do an update.

Over the past week and a half I was gone for the holiday. Over that time the tank had a massive algae outbreak, but thankfully it wasn't the worst algae.

I spent a few hours yesterday cleaning it up and unfortunately broke the stem of my diffuser. For now I have my diffuser sitting on the main rock until I can get a new one.

I also have not gotten a new filter yet. I am debating on swapping out for my fluval c3 or buying a zoomed 501 (any opinions?).

My L. Red in the back left corner is taking off so I have been trimming and replanting stems to make a dense bush. I would like recommendations on some other plants to maybe place around the rocks that are low in height, but add dimension.

Suggestions always welcome!

(I rotated photos, but for some reason they do not stay that way...?)



 

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Izabella- thank you!

UPDATE:Sorry about the terrible photos my camera is crappy!

Have cherry shrimp in the office tank now. Also fought some issues with my HC so I am currently re-establishing areas of my carpet. I now have a full regulator for my paintball co2, so it is much more controlled. I have also moved the filter on my iwagumi to the left side to improve co2 diffusion. I believe that inadequate flow was causing co2 to not disperse to the bottom of the tank which resulting in browning HC. Only time will tell if it turns around.

The last manzi scape is up to date the iwagumi is a photo from a few weeks ago when I got some b. Japonica. The blyxa is doing well right now and is starting to turn light pink, which is exciting!

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