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    RichieE46 - 29 Gallon "Iwagumi-Style" Tank

    Hello SCAPE,

    I am new to the forum, new to aquariums, new to fishes/planted tanks. I had a 10 gallon planted tank for about 1 month and decided to upgrade.

    Here is my attempt at "Iwagumi"/Rockscape. Learning a LOT of stuff while doing this project...I am still a beginner in a ton of aspects. ALL help is much appreciated!

    Tank Hardware:
    - Aqueon 29 Gallon Tank
    - Eheim Classic 2213 Canister Filter
    - Eheim 75W Heater
    - Empire 24oz Paintball CO2 Tank
    - Aquatek CO2 Regulator
    - Aquatek CO2 Paintball Adapter
    - Boyu (eBay) CO2 Spira Diffuser
    - Catalina Aquarium 2x24w (30" enclosure with 10,000k & 6500K)

    Substrate:
    - 80 lbs of Eco-complete

    Plants:
    - Hemianthus callitrichoides (Dwarf Baby Tears)
    - Eleocharis Belem Hairgrass

    Live inhabitants:
    - None yet

    Fertilizer/Products used:
    - SeaChem Prime
    - MicrobeLift Special Blend
    - MicrobeLift Nite-Out II
    - API Root Tabs
    - Flourish Excel (Help combat algae)
    - Flourish Micro Nutrients
    - EI Dosing (KNO3, K2SO4, KH2PO4)



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    Last edited by RichieE46; 03-15-2012 at 12:20 AM.

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    UPDATE - 3/14/12

    Redid the whole tank (3rd time). Upgraded to ADA Aqua soil - New Amazonia. 18L of regular + a thin layer of powder on top. Whole new mat of HC from CK Fish World (Old HC was covered in algae)

    My attempt at a "Mountainscape" - Trying the emersed growth method.

    WEEK 1:


    Last edited by RichieE46; 03-15-2012 at 12:17 AM.

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    Looking good Richard

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    Great looking tank Richard.

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    Wow, its getting better and better. Cant wait to cover the substrate....

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    i like it alot! great start.

    regarding the hair algae on the dhg, im not too sure what it could be. your lighting doesnt seem excessive. i remember when i had dhg, it was a magnet for clado, but i wasn't using pressurized co2 back then.

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    Looks good! Liking the hardscape a lot.

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    Nice grouping of plants, shrimp would have a great time exploring them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neon Shrimp View Post
    Nice grouping of plants, shrimp would have a great time exploring them

    Yup hope to be able to get some shrimp in there eventually. Need to work out my water parameters first.

    Just bought two 5 gallon jugs at wal-mart ($7 bucks EACH!!). Gonna get RO water tomorrow. With enough water changes I should be able to lower the GH/KH.

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    Looking good!!

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    What are the dimensions of the tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris.rivera3 View Post
    What are the dimensions of the tank?
    Tank dimensions are roughly: 30" x 12" x 18" (Black trimming kinda throws off the actual tank dimensions)

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    ohhh, just noticed one thing. you might want to put your co2 diffuser near/under your spray bar to help it circulate a bit more throughout the tank.

    (i could be wrong).

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    i thought the side opposite of the spray bar was the correct way to do it since the water current is traveling downwards and would help keep the co2 bubbles in the water longer.
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    see, i was wrong.

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    SCAPE Member SCAPEr RichieE46's Avatar
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    Since I don't have enough experience...most everything is just done through me searching online. I honestly just found this picture while researching how to do my setup and it seemed to make sense


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    that totally makes sense.

    im using an HOB filter on my 11.4g scape and have my diffuser under the water fall, but on the side wall nearest it. mainly because i dont think the current is strong enough to help it circulate if i had it on the opposite side of my tank.

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    How long does your 24 oz paintball tank last with your 2bps?

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