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    Iwo Jima (14 gal Iwagumi) and other stuff

    After a few days of looking at my scape I decided to call it "Iwo Jima"

    It just symbolically reminds me of that place. The rocks... the sand... the thick bushes...

    I want to dedicate this Iwagumi to the thousands of Americans and Japanese that died fighting there.

    Corpsman Up!

    Also, this thread will be where my side projects get posted and updated. Thanks for viewing.

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    Specs:
    Tank: 14.5 gallon rimless
    Lighting: Finnex Ray 2 DD, 9 hours
    Filtration: Eheim 2213
    CO2: Paintball style @ 2-3bps
    Substrate: Aquasoil New Amazonia & Super Naturals White Sand
    Flora: HC, Tropica 049, some hydrocotyle not sure what it is
    Fauna: Otos and Amanos (Not in tank yet. Still cycling)
    Date Planted: 6/7/12

    Shopping and rock placement conceptualizing at CK Fish World


    Trying to replicate and improve the hardscape at home


    Finalizing the layout


    Just planted


    Water finally cleared up


    A different angle to show more of the layout


    and then boredom strikes

    6/19/12

    Thanks for viewing.

    -Andres
    Last edited by h2o_cube; 06-20-2012 at 12:48 AM.
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    Current Tank:
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    Past WorXs:
    4 gal Iwagumi, 15 gal Mountain scape, 10 gal Iwagumi

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    Very very nice rock works. And the layout is planted as of today? Wow, ahahhaha.
    One thing I may point out though is your substrate bed. It looks deep, which is great. However, with the rocks sitting like that, over time they will sink down into the substrate and won't retain the current scape anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naturalwonders View Post
    Very very nice rock works. And the layout is planted as of today? Wow, ahahhaha.
    One thing I may point out though is your substrate bed. It looks deep, which is great. However, with the rocks sitting like that, over time they will sink down into the substrate and won't retain the current scape anymore.
    Thank you. Yes, that is very true and I tried to support the rocks as much as I could but I don't really know if it's enough. I am hoping it would hold. The rock on the right that's tilted at 45 degrees is the one that really makes me nervous.
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    thats some nice rock work. looks like something from space.

    +1 for depth of the inert sand you have. i would try to take some out if i could.

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    Wow thats amazing rockwork indeed. Cant wait to see it mature over time. post more pictures

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    Dang, excellent rock work! I love that you did one on the floor at CK, hahaha.

    Looking forward to seeing this thing progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akpoly View Post
    thats some nice rock work. looks like something from space.

    +1 for depth of the inert sand you have. i would try to take some out if i could.
    Thanks. I don't think I will be able to take any sand out due to the fact that the base layer of the aquasoil is the same level with the sand. If I do there is a big chance of erosion.

    Quote Originally Posted by CGAR View Post
    Wow thats amazing rockwork indeed. Cant wait to see it mature over time. post more pictures
    Thanks. I will definitely update this probably weekly or if there are any significant changes. I hope everything will go smoothly from here as this is the first time that I had sand in my scape.

    Quote Originally Posted by beedee View Post
    Dang, excellent rock work! I love that you did one on the floor at CK, hahaha.

    Looking forward to seeing this thing progress.
    Thank you. Yeah, I spent maybe about 45 minutes going through Peter's stash of seiryu stones. LOL. It was actually the result of a lesson learned the hard way. I had a 15 gal before with another rock scape but it just did not feel right after several days of being planted. Instead of impulse buying some rocks, I wanted to buy the actual pieces of my planned hardscape. Hence, me making a lot of noise in the corner of CK and also left a lot of dust/dirt from the stones on the floor. Sorry Peter, I had to do it.



    Anyone have experience with sand in their tanks?
    Last edited by h2o_cube; 06-07-2012 at 11:21 PM.
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    Current Tank:
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    Past WorXs:
    4 gal Iwagumi, 15 gal Mountain scape, 10 gal Iwagumi

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    Like others have said, LOVING the rock work. What kind of rock is it, do you know? I'm currently running a low-tech planted tank with DIY CO2, liquid plant food, a desk lamp and only sand as the substrate. I've had some mixed results with this tank. I'm able to keep moneywort, java fern, anubias, ludwigia, anchris and marimo balls alive. I've had listeria grow, but the roots always melt away. Baby tears always got sucked into my filter, but they didn't look like they were doing that well anyways. So mixed success with the root based plants, but I don't have soil underneath like in your tank. The real surprise was the moneywort, as its actually thriving in my tank. I wouldn't be too worried about working with sand as a substrate, it doesn't mess with my HOB filter and settles down pretty quickly if you move things around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyclingPanda View Post
    Like others have said, LOVING the rock work. What kind of rock is it, do you know? I'm currently running a low-tech planted tank with DIY CO2, liquid plant food, a desk lamp and only sand as the substrate. I've had some mixed results with this tank. I'm able to keep moneywort, java fern, anubias, ludwigia, anchris and marimo balls alive. I've had listeria grow, but the roots always melt away. Baby tears always got sucked into my filter, but they didn't look like they were doing that well anyways. So mixed success with the root based plants, but I don't have soil underneath like in your tank. The real surprise was the moneywort, as its actually thriving in my tank. I wouldn't be too worried about working with sand as a substrate, it doesn't mess with my HOB filter and settles down pretty quickly if you move things around.
    Thanks. The rocks are called seiryu stones but the quality of the ones I have are not that good. I would suggest reading up more on the basics of keeping a planted tank as it will help you choose your approach into keeping plants. Forums such as this one is such a great source of knowledge and inspiration.
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    Current Tank:
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    Past WorXs:
    4 gal Iwagumi, 15 gal Mountain scape, 10 gal Iwagumi

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    How do you clean it? Just water siphon? Can't really vacuum, so does it stay clean enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cahoosier View Post
    How do you clean it? Just water siphon? Can't really vacuum, so does it stay clean enough?
    I hover the water siphon about an inch above the sand and it sucks up visible debris. It sucks in a little bit of sand every time, but its negligible (5-15 GRAINS of sand of session). All in all, I like sand as a planted substrate and plan to use it in my next planted tank as a cap for garden soil.

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    wow I love that skinny rock on the right jutting out!

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    While waiting for the first week trim, let me distract you with some of my sloppy side projects:

    The glosso dump


    The HC tub


    My glosso, DHG, HC humidome


    another humidome with HC, hydrocotyle, riccia, java moss, tropica 049


    some stuff that I'm also growing



    and finally my tank. I am itching to trim it but I have to be patient and make sure plants are rooted before I do that.


    Enjoy the rest of your Monday!
    Tank + Soil + Plants + Light + H2O + CO2 + Filter + Fish - Algae = Bliss
    Current Tank:
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    Past WorXs:
    4 gal Iwagumi, 15 gal Mountain scape, 10 gal Iwagumi

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    is the humidome grown outside of the house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayurasem View Post
    is the humidome grown outside of the house?
    yes it is.
    Tank + Soil + Plants + Light + H2O + CO2 + Filter + Fish - Algae = Bliss
    Current Tank:
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    Past WorXs:
    4 gal Iwagumi, 15 gal Mountain scape, 10 gal Iwagumi

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    Just added lily pipes from A+ Tropical Fish Store (Great store, great owner)
    Tank + Soil + Plants + Light + H2O + CO2 + Filter + Fish - Algae = Bliss
    Current Tank:
    14 gal Iwagumi
    Past WorXs:
    4 gal Iwagumi, 15 gal Mountain scape, 10 gal Iwagumi

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    Wow looks great!

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    How is this tank doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by naturalwonders View Post
    How is this tank doing?
    Thanks for asking.

    I have actually updated the first post. Nothing much going on just waiting for the carpet to fill in. Just trimming the HC down when necessary. A little bit of GDA, and thread algae on some areas but barely noticable. Doing 40-50% waterchange every other day. Dosing brighty K, green brighty step 1, and excel after every waterchange.

    here's a pic of yesterday's boredom:


    and just a few minutes ago:


    for some reason my camera phone makes it look like everything is turning green LOL.
    Last edited by h2o_cube; 06-20-2012 at 08:37 PM.
    Tank + Soil + Plants + Light + H2O + CO2 + Filter + Fish - Algae = Bliss
    Current Tank:
    14 gal Iwagumi
    Past WorXs:
    4 gal Iwagumi, 15 gal Mountain scape, 10 gal Iwagumi

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    Where did you get the hydrocotle?

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