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10g Iwagumi Experiment

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Shane P., Jun 5, 2017.

  1. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi guys,

    It has been some time! I am testing out a new iwagumi scape. Here is the layout. Please feel free to critique.

    It will be fully hairgrass, and stocked with a tetra or barb species.

    First time! Will be dosing CO2 and liquid fertilizers as well.

    Advice? Tips? Tricks?

    From above:
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    Hi Shane

    What Substrate you using there it looks like gravel! No AS?

    Hairgrass so Eleocharis acicularis 'mini' ? or variety

    Planning a DSM ? mine went very well with AS.

    Do like the idea of testing an iwagumi scape (y) fancy it myself and keeping it small means less work too ;)
     
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    I think its Flourite.
     
  6. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey guys!

    So the soil is actually fluorite 'red'. I hope that it will be thickly covered in plants and it won't become a distraction later on in the scape.

    I will be starting the tank with DSM method in a week's time. I am still fine tuning stone positioning.

    Plants will be Eleocharis sp. Mini and Eleocharis Acicularis.

    I will consider glosso and riccia as well... as there is another aquascaper who had a similar carpet that was absolutely stunning!

    Trying to get the wild iwagumi look...
     
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    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    On another note... I have been absent from the aquascaping portion of the hobby as I have been breeding fish in order to sustain the hobby for myself... here is an example.

    Home raised 'Apistogramma Cacuatoides var. Orange Flash' and homegrown 'Green Swordtails'.

    They are enjoying a live food called 'White Worm'. Very good for the fish. The Apistogramma have already started breeding... keep in mind that they are around 4 months of age. Apistogramma breed and mature very slowly, so I know the live foods are helping!

     
  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    The quicker the better at the moment its extremely distracting. Why did you choose that colour?

    The lights look like they have a pinkish colour in them as well.

    If you want to go the wild natural appeal Keep It Simple the more plant species you have the less effect you will have.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Thought they was the same plant just slightly different names :confused:.
    What light you got there T5 glowlux ? plus what filter was you planning ?
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Eleocharis acicularis 'mini' has even lower growth than the common Eleocharis parvula and was given to Tropica by Thomas Barr from US. Plant the mini-version in small portions covering a larger area. In short time, a dense carpet will be obtained. Needs light to perform optimal, however, it is one of the most secure species for craeting a carpet – and a minimum of maintenance since leaves stays small (3-5 cm). Suitable for nano-aquariums.
    Height: 3 - 5+cm

    Eleocharis acicularis is a species of spikesedge known by the common names needle spikerush and least spikerush. It is widespread across Europe, central and southeastern Asia, North America and northeastern South America as far south as Ecuador.
    Height 12-15cm
    Scientific name: Eleocharis acicularis

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Decided to change it up... Not using this tank.
     
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    :cry::cry::cry::cry: was looking forward to this
     
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    What have you decided to do now?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    120cm nature scape... tank volume at 75 gallons.
     
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    Is this what you are referring to?

    http://aquascapinglove.com/basics/nature-aquarium-style/

    The Nature Aquarium is one of the two major styles dominating the world of aquascaping. The basic Nature style aesthetic concepts have been introduced by Japanese aquarist Takashi Amano back in the 1990’s and have become widely popular over the years, influencing the entire future of aquascape design. The style itself has at its origins the naturally growing scenery inspired by the Japanese gardening concept Wabi Sabi.
    Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    How is this aquascape progressing or have you changed your mind?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Hello Keith,

    Sorry for the late reply! I purchased a tank, and I have all the materials getting ready. It is an ada 120p. I plan on using manzanita wood and do a scape in the entrance of my parents restauraunt. It will be an opening layout, that will have open space towards the left, as it will be touching the left wall and leading into their shop!
     
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    All that sounds very interesting can post the photos when it's set up please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    IMG_5954.JPG Hello Keith,

    I did not want to reply until I was 100% confident that I would be getting the tank. Well, here it is!!!!

    I can't wait! The driftwood arrived today too, but I have been busy helping my parents setup the restaurant! It is very exciting. I have a bunch of plants such as Anubis Nana, Nana Petite, Willow Moss, as well as some crypts. I need to stock up on some plants such as stems. Looking for them! Maybe Shawn will hook me up!
     
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    A lot of stuff is still in disarray, but things are coming along. We will arrange all the seating tonight.
     

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