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9L low-tech Iwagumi (kinda) [Terminated]

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by ptiJo, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. ptiJo

    ptiJo Active Aquascaper

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    I have started an iwagumi style (yet another full low-tech) 9L tank. Not fully Iwagumi because I also have plants standing at the surface ; like in "Riparium" style. I didn't find a nice way to shot the upper plants yet.
    On day #0 (without the upper plant yet), it looked like this :
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    It's hugely inspired by some shot of "iwagumi fts", by George Farmer @flickr.
    Yesterday, I took the time to shot some of the HCC bubbles :)
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  2. Rmac

    Rmac Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I like it.it reminds me of pride rock
     
  3. greenfinger 2

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    nice set up good to see

    nice set up (y)
     
  4. ptiJo

    ptiJo Active Aquascaper

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    Just a quick update @DAY #16.
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    No so pretty shot but it's just to show HCC growing happily on (Paris) tap water and LED lightning.
     
  5. ptiJo

    ptiJo Active Aquascaper

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    The HCC goes very well!
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    It does look nice!

    You sure you're not injecting CO2 or using liquid carbon?
     
  7. greenfinger 2

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    looking good:) plants are really coming along(y) nice one roy
     
  8. Scapeofaqua

    Scapeofaqua Aspiring Aquascaper

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    well i'm baffled ! Did that hc grow without liquid carbon or co2? Nice growth!
     
  9. ptiJo

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    Are you calling me a liar? :)

    This tank is full low-tech. The only CO2 comes from a bunch of Daphnia pulex, Physa marmorata, 2x Cambarellus patzcuarensis and 5x Neocaridina heteropoda.

    Thank you :)
     
  10. ptiJo

    ptiJo Active Aquascaper

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    Well, mine does. Although it grows slower on my other low-tech tanks. One of the main difference in this tank is that I'm using tap-water. That may be a clue.
     
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    Doesn't it look like a hamster's head? :D
     
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  12. greenfinger 2

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    hi there ptiJo i think it look like a baby hedgehog being born :LOL: bless (y) love the PIC:coffee: time too much beeeeer i think love it:LOL: thank you
     
  13. ptiJo

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    yeah, could be a hedgehog too :)
     
  14. ptiJo

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    There are some livings in that tank. And, so far, they seem to enjoy the landscape :D
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    The other inhabitants also seem to feel comfortable here :p
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  16. shorty2181

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    Hey ptiJo,
    I love that you have plants growing so well in such a set-up, when it seems now days people think you need all this co2 injection etc. Really inspires me with my "no tech" approach. Can you tell me what other rooted plants you have had success with?
     
  17. ptiJo

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    I have tested the following plants :
    - various Vesicularia : every one went well. I also have some going pretty well in a 5L outside ; even with ice this winter.
    - Bacopa monieri : this one seems to grow pretty slowly. It does grow but not a fast as I expected. The two bits seen here were bits I cut off some other living in a Betta tank ; so they "live" well. They are just slow growing.
    - Lemna minor : it lived well but didn't seem to seem to like the LED lightning. Or the light was to short from it. I never had grown explosion.
    - Lemna triscula: this one seemed to like the conditions better. It replaced Lemna minor and started to duplicate really fast. I have now a 2cm deep carpet on top on my Betta tank.
    - Anubia var nana : slow on growing too, it goes well. I already have duplicated it once and the other bit grew roots quite fast.
    - Ceratophyllum demersum : this one is "pest" :) it grows up really really fast ; you can see grows from one day to another. I have dumped it because it took all the space in my (small) tanks. I'm trying to have some growing outside in a tall tank. Furthermore, my Betta didn't seem to like this plant.
    - HCC : grows very well in this tank. Grows a bit slowier in my other tanks ; they are a bit taller and use "Volcania" water. Maybe it's the trick.
    - Eleocharis sp Mini : grows well although I don't like how it does :) it is spreading it self all other the tank but hair by hair. I hoped to get an "english golf grass" with it but I rather get a "Wolverine hair style" carpet ;)
    - Vallisneria Americana Mini Twister : this one doesn't seem to like low-tech so much. I have seen the plant duplicating but it doesn't seem to grow well. Or maybe I'm just expecting the wrong "behaviour" from this plant. I also tried bigger Vallisneria and the result was the same ; PLUS, it was to big for my tanks.
    - Limnophila sessiliflora : this one is "pest" too :) I just tries to colonize every parts of my 20L tank. I decided to cut every parts that try to "escape" the left part. I'm waiting for it to emerse. But it doesn't want to (yet).
    - Cryptocoryne Parva : not sure about this one. It doesn't die but it doesn't seem to grow. I had some duplicate a bit but that's all. No heavy colonization.

    I also have a few non-aquatic plants having their roots plugged into the tanks : like Pothos (scindapsus), mint, Lucky Bamboo, fern, Hypoestes.
    Those feed from nitrates and help not using chemical/mecanical filter ;-)

    I'm about to test Bolbitis, Hygrophila and Hydrocotyle in some other tank (the 20L). Have a look at the 20L thread in a month or so to see if they went well ;-)
     
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    Wow, good observations and nice descriptions, especially like the "wolverine hair style" carpet. Just the look I am going for!
     
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    News from the "CPO and the Iwagumi" :p

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  20. greenfinger 2

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    hi Ptijo WOW look like someone is going to be a DAD shake the little shrimps hand or claw to wet for a cigar;) cheers roy ps do you know who is the dad don't want to get wrong one:ROFLMAO:
     

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