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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:00 am Post subject: 100l Planted Tank - 10th May Reply with quote

 Hi  everyone!
 Seems  that  everyone  nowadays  is  bitten  by  iwagumi  bug  and  so  I  am.
 
 Finally  I  have  started  the  process  of  redoing  my  30g  planted  tank,  here  is  the  earlier  setup,  I  stripped  it  down  a  couple  days  back.   
 
 
 
 Placing  the  rocks(iwagumi  style)  was  the  most  tricky  and  difficult  part,  earlier  I  thought  it  would  be  like  how  we  play  with  cobbles  and  sand  in  puerile  days.  It  took  me  around  3-4  hours  just  to  place  the  rocks  and  my  arm  was  paining  moving  rocks  around.  once  rocks  placed  cant  be  easily  displaced,  this  is  another  problem.  I  wasnt  able  to  achieve  the  right  rise  and  valleys  that  I  planned  and  expected.  Any  way  am  glad  with  what  it  turned  out  to  be.  Heres  the  hardscape.
 
 
 
 I  have  added  the  plants  I  had,  except  two  big  echinodorus  plants.  I  am  particularly  scared  with  big  echinodorus  plants,  when  I  removed  ech.  amazonicus  from  my  tank  it  had  its  roots  spread  around  1'  diameter  in  a  months  time  Shocked  
 
 
 
 
 Here  are  the  specs
 Tank  size  -  30g
 Lighting  -  56w  CFLs  (2x18w  +  1x20w)
 Filtration  -  presently  an  old  top  filter,  will  replace  it  soon  with  my  HMC
 Substrate  -  bottom  layer  red  potting  soil  +  laterite(0.5-3")  that  I  collected  from  Anantagiri  hills,  topped  with  thin  layer  of  sand(0.5-1")  
 
 Plants  -  Crypt  wendtii,  some  dwarf  crypts(dont  know  the  exact  id),  vallisneria,  anubias  nana  'eyes',  anubias  nana  'gold'....waiting  for  e.tenellus(which  will  occupy  major  foreground  region)  and  few  more  plants.
 
 Fishes  and  inverts  to  go  in  -  wood  shrimps(cardina  sp.),  a  dozen  of  serpae  tetras,  from  my  previous  setup  will  be  added  a  couple  of  weeks  later.  presently  just  trumpet  snails  to  keep  the  gravel  aerated.  
 
 Havent  decided  whether  to  start  dosing  or  go  'El  Natural'.  I  am  more  inclined  to  low  maintenance  thing  as  am  a  very  lazy  person,  I  may  start  dozing  and  all  but  dont  know  whether  I  can  continue  it.
 
 Will  keep  you  guys  updated.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:51 am Post subject: Re: 30g Iwagumi Layout Reply with quote

 I  think  you  need  bigger  rocks  and  also  rocks  that  have  more  character....at  the  moment  the  plants  are  already  overwhelming  the  rocks..
 
 IN  iwagumi  aquascapes,  the  rocks  should  be  the  defining  element...And  I  have  noticed  that  iwagumi  with  a  lush  carpet  works  better...
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:42 pm Post subject: Re: 30g Iwagumi Layout Reply with quote

 Hamza  ,  i  think  you  should  use  some  bigger  rocks  for  this  set  up
 use  some  foreground  plants  like  gloss  for  a  lush  carpet  look  
 best  of  luck  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:57 pm Post subject: Re: 30g Iwagumi Layout Reply with quote

 Hi  Hamza
 
   Thats  a  nice  first  attempt....I  agree  with  Anand  concentrate  on  what  he  has  already  mentioned  and  you  will  definately  better  the  set  up.  To  add  to  whats  already  been  mentioned  try  and  place  rocks  of  similar  colour  and  charecteristics,  this  will  help  you  get  the  out  look.An  Iwagumi  set  up  mainly  has  shorter  variety  of  plants  the  3  most  common  ones  used  are  Glosso,  HC  and  hair  grass.
 
   All  the  Best!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:27 pm Post subject: Re: 30g Iwagumi Layout Reply with quote

 you  guys  are  right  I  agree,  I  deliberately  used  smaller  rocks,  the  glass  of  my  tank  is  only  6mm  thick  so  I  dint  wanted  to  risk  with  extra  pressure  at  certain  points.  
 @Shameek  n  Harshal...Thanks,  I  am  a  beginner  in  planted  tanks,  let  me  make  good  looking  lush  tank  first  later  I'll  try  my  hands  on  glosso,  HC,  etc.
 
 All  those  are  same  rocks,  collected  from  the  same  place,  just  slightly  different  grooves  n  ridges  on  them.
 
 A  question,  I  have  to  make  a  choice  between  Ech.  tenellus  and  E.parvula,  what  can  be  better  option  in  my  tank  with  the  same  lighting.
 
 OK  people  as  lets  consider  it  just  a  hard  scape,  because  it  doesnt  follows  most  of  the  iwagumi  rules.   Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:50 pm Post subject: Re: 30g Iwagumi Layout Reply with quote

 Ech.  tenellus  grows  like  a  weed  and  if  the  lighting  is  not  enough,  it  can  grow  very  tall...
 
 My  ech.  tenellus  carpet  grew  thich  in  less  than  a  month,  but  it  is  now  over  7  inches  tall  Sad  
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:01 pm Post subject: 30g Planted Tank Reply with quote

 @  Anandaqu...what  was  the  lighting  on  that  tank.  
 I  heard  over  1.5wpg  is  good  enough  for  growing  a  carpet  of  tenellus,  is  it  true?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:51 pm Post subject: Re: 30g Planted Tank Reply with quote

 So  heres  an  update,  I  got  a  few  plants.
 Plants  added
 E.Tenellus,  S.subutala  R.rotundifolia,  N.lotus  var.  rubra,  A.crispus  and  some  more  wendtiis.
 
 
 No  macros  n  micros  dosing  as  of  now.
 CO2  is  being  diffused  using  the  outlet  of  filter  at  the  top.  That  transparent  tube  is  half  part  of  my  DIY  diffuser,  which  will  be  attached  to  my  canister  filter  later.
 
 I  got  a  some  java  moss,  so  I  was  thinking  of  making  a  moss  wall  for  1/3  part  of  background  on  right.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:42 am Post subject: Re: 30g Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Its  really  amazing...  Cheering   Clapping
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:25 pm Post subject: Re: 30g Planted Tank Reply with quote

 An  update  9  Aug,  after  a  month  and  some  odd  days....
 Tank  as  a  whole,  am  bad  at  shooting  full  tank  shots  Sad  
 
 
 
 I  have  a  lot  of  helpful  snails  in  there,  trumpet  snails  &  pond  snails.
 Heres  the  pic  of  trumpet
 
 
 E.tenellus  lost  all  its  stiff  emersed  leaves  and  growing  new  leaves,  I  hope  it  carpets  soon.
 Difformis  n  corymbosa  are  growing  really  slow   Thumb Down  
 R.rotundifolia  is  a  wonderful  plant  I  have  managed  to  make  a  small  bush  out  of  only  5  cuttings,  I  have  trimmed  around  4  times  now.   Smile  
 Recently  trimmed  really  long  valisneria  leaves  that  were  exceeding  4'  in  length  Surprised   
 Red  lilly(nymphaea  rubra)  is  growing  tiny  leaves  that  are  not  growing  high  or  big.
 
 Other  details....one  of  the  18w  CFL  has  been  replaced  by  a  24w  CFL(>2wpg  now).  Theres  no  CO2  for  more  than  a  week  now.
 have  been  dosing  this  tank  with  K2SO4,  KH2PO4  and  KNO3  all  combined  about  3ml  every  2-3  days  and  20%  weekly  water  changes.
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 Dear  Hamza,
 
 It  is  getting  better,  absence  of  valisneria  in  the  right  hand  side  looks  a  bit  imbalanced  ,  are  you  planning  any  baground  for  the  tank?
 
 Thanx  &  Rgrds,
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 Thank  you  Shekar,  it  was  looking  too  symmetric  with  valisneria  n  crypts  on  both  sides,  so  I  placed  them  on  either  sides,  but  once  the  hygro  starts  normal  growth  it'll  look  balanced.
   Hmmm  about  background,  I  dont  see  any  good  natural/appropriate  BGs  in  LFSs  around.  So  I  have  decided  to  take  some  pictures  of  rocks  n  rock  piles,  print  them  out  on  A3  sheets  and  use  them  for  BG,  lets  see  how  it  goes...
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 Dear  Hamza,  If  you  are  printing  your  own  baground  you  can  try  printing  them  
 on  metallic  paper  knowns  as  "Titanic  print"  they  will  very  good.
 
 Thanx  &  regards,
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 nice  looking  tank  hamza  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:50 am Post subject: Re: 30g Planted Tank Reply with quote

 An  update,  Sep-10th
 I  became  too  lazy,  no  CO2  for  a  month  now,  yet  the  tank  seems  to  be  progressing,  but  sloooowly
 
 
 A  trial  photoshop  background  Chuckle,  will  be  trying  a  real  one  out  soon.
 
 
 Strange  enough,  hygrophylla  that  are  better  suited  to  low-tech  tanks  are  growing  damn  slow,  just  check  out  the  difference  between  this  n  previous  update.
   
 I  would  like  to  know  about  dosing  Fe  and  Mg  separately(which  I  dont  have  right  now)  other  than  above  mentioned  ferts.  What  could  be  good  sources  for  the  both?  
 
 Comments  and  criticism  are  welcomed!
 
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