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    Default A New Journey - Iwagumi Style

    Hey All,

    Figured I would start a journal for my new tank. It's been a year since getting into the hobby and loving it. I decided to get another tank since I've been enjoying it so much, even though I've had some rough patches, but who doesn't! Missus wasn't very pleased but I had some bargaining chips up my sleeve haha.

    Going to try setup a iwagumi style 120 long tank, something a little different to my current heavily planted jungle.

    I don't have any pic's yet except for the rocks (see below). Current setup of equipment is also below - Thoughts and opinions welcome.


    Equipment (All purchased - need to pickup):-

    Fire 1200x450x450mm 12mm Starphire Glass

    Aqua One ROC 1245 Cabinet

    Sera CO2 Active Reactor 500

    ADA LA PLATA SAND 2KG

    Cal Aqua Labs Black Earth 9L Normal

    Cal Aqua Labs 17mm Efflux F3 Outflow

    Cal Aqua Labs 17mm Influx X3 Inflow

    Cal Aqua Labs Pearl CO2 Checker

    Wyin Professional Two Stage CO2 Regulator with Solenoid and Bubble Counter

    Aqua One Nautilus 1100

    Aquael Heater Comfort Zone Gold 300W


    Stocking:-

    Red Cherry Shrimp Colony


    Plants:-

    Foreground - HC (Hemianthus Callitrichoides)

    Midground - S. Repens (Staurogyne repens) and some rogue Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)

    Background - Anubias Barteri and Blyxa japonica



    Rocks:-

    http://i.imgur.com/VqiZtfC.jpg



    Thanks
    Last edited by Sup3rFly; 10-11-17 at 07:12 AM.

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    Looks to be schmick. Only thoughts are that you may need more rocks for a pure Iwagumi.

    Look at some belem HG for planting around the rocks and maybe a sprinkle of H tripartita japan for softening the rock transitions.

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    Thanks Rebel! I have a feeling I'll need more as well, see how I go for now and see if I can get a nice layout going.

    I'll defintely check those out. Thanks again.

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    Cool, my next 120 scape will be an iwagumi too. Try to get a big rock, aust rules football size.

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    Everything finally arrived! Sorry for the delay in updating!



    Slowly putting everything together.

    Question - How long can the Cal Aqua Substrate be out of the bag before adding water etc... ?
    Thanks!
    Last edited by Sup3rFly; 08-06-17 at 02:15 PM.

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    Awesome gear there mate!

    If you are concerned about the black Earth you could always spray it down with water. I've left mine a few days I'm a dry tank without issue.

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    No issues leaving it out of water. It's dry straight out of the bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sup3rFly View Post

    Question - How long can the Cal Aqua Substrate be out of the bag before adding water etc... ?
    Thanks!
    I suspect it will last several hundred years but probably more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweefu View Post
    Awesome gear there mate!

    If you are concerned about the black Earth you could always spray it down with water. I've left mine a few days I'm a dry tank without issue.
    Thanks mate.

    Quote Originally Posted by mundi View Post
    No issues leaving it out of water. It's dry straight out of the bag.
    Thanks for the info

    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    I suspect it will last several hundred years but probably more.
    Haha, will test your theory. Thanks mate.


    Edit/Update: Will post a pic tonight when I'm happy with the scape.

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    My first attempt, thoughts and advice welcome

    Sorry for the reflection from light and the other tank!





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    Way more height required, aim to have the main stone breaking the water surface imo.

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    Rocks aren't big enough. +1 for more height. Substrate to thick at the front and the sand area will soon be covered in substrate
    Last edited by mundi; 09-06-17 at 05:38 PM.

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    Soil height/slope at the back is good. Soil height front left is a little too high. Sand is up to you - it will be a challenge to keep nice, but i think it looks good. Might pinch that idea.

    You need much bigger rocks. Or let the plants be your height and bring the rocks forward for interest at the front. But as iwagumi is your aim, and you've come this far, try to source larger ohko.

    I've done a mock up with 5 rocks. It's been sitting outside for a couple months. The largest of the 5 is the size of a kitchen kettle.

    As I'll be putting my rocks in the tank soon (in the same sized tank as yours), how many bags of soil did you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweefu View Post
    Way more height required, aim to have the main stone breaking the water surface imo.
    I'll try get some more height and see what I can do. Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by mundi View Post
    Rocks aren't big enough. +1 for more height. Substrate to thick at the front and the sand area will soon be covered in substrate
    Sourcing Ohko is NSW is difficult, I'll look for bigger ones. Never used sand before, not really worried at this stage.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dantrasy View Post
    Soil height/slope at the back is good. Soil height front left is a little too high. Sand is up to you - it will be a challenge to keep nice, but i think it looks good. Might pinch that idea.

    You need much bigger rocks. Or let the plants be your height and bring the rocks forward for interest at the front. But as iwagumi is your aim, and you've come this far, try to source larger ohko.

    I've done a mock up with 5 rocks. It's been sitting outside for a couple months. The largest of the 5 is the size of a kitchen kettle.

    As I'll be putting my rocks in the tank soon (in the same sized tank as yours), how many bags of soil did you use?
    Thanks, I'll try get the front left thinner, it's a challenge with dry substrate haha. By all means take the idea

    Any suggestions on plants?

    I used 5 9L bags.


    Edit - Updated:

    Last edited by Sup3rFly; 23-06-17 at 12:24 PM.

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    Filled and Planted - Time to Cycle

    Yes, I know more HC will be needed to get that nice grass look.


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