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Blue stone gorge - Iwagumi 80l

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Vojs, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Vojs

    Vojs New Member

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    Yesterday I started another aquascaping project, an iwagumi (my first attempt on this style). I named it Blue stone gorge, because of bluish stones I have used in it.

    DImensions 35X35X65 cm, 80 liters.

    Substrat peat about 15 l, and gravel about 20 kg.

    Hardscape - bluish stones from Kucaj mountaines (Eastern Serbia).

    Lightning 2x Philips energy saver NDL tornado 6500 K and 23 w.

    External filter, mediums: Easy Life Symbiont and ceramic rings.

    CO2, DIY generator, sugar and yeasts. I have presurised CO2 botle, but til I find needle valves I must stick with DIY.

    So the tank is placed on wooden stand, acros the bigger tank - Hope for rain.

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    Hardscape, about 20 pieces of stone, from wich later on I havechosen proper combination.

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    Than I have tried to find a right composition of stones.

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    I thought this will be the right one, but...

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    Although they seemed wery big in the tank...

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    Stones were completely swalowed by the substrate,

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    So I have decided to try combination of 7 stones instead of originaly planned 5.

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    Than I trimmed my bigger tank, and prepread plants for this. I've chosen Rotala sp. green, Rotala nanjenshan, Glossostigma, Eleocharis parvula and Echninodorus tennelus.

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    Than I've started planting

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    And voila...

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    It is a little bit blur because of Easy Life FFM, new pics soon...
     
  2. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    Great start. It's kinda neat to see the reflection of the spiral CF bulbs in one of the photos. This scape should turn out nicely. The rock textures are nice, and rock arrangement is pretty good.

    -John N.
     
  3. Pat7676

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    Looking good it is going to turn out nice. However i feel that one of the three rocks on the front needs to be positioned some how different. Maybe one of the two on the left. Other than that i think its going to turn out great!
     
  4. Anti-Pjerrot

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    Thats one nice room - lovely with 2 great tanks and all thouse plants. I envy you a bit there :)
     
  5. nash

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    awesome, looks like it will great like the Hope for rain :)
    i am interested on the filter that u used, the left section of the aquarium, that will be the place for filter right ?

    can you explain to us (for me actually :p) how the filter works, may be i can use the same technic :d

    thanks..
     
  6. iam_koi

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    yeah, looks like a sump.. anyway, great looking rocks, placement is great also. can't wait to see the plants grow.:)
     
  7. Vojs

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    Thanks guys. Hopefully it will turn out good.

    Yesterday evening I have shifted some stones, and replace one big on the left with better piece. I'll send new pics soon.

    Wel, the filter has two chambers, the water goes in the first chamber, by pipes from tank and there is a filter material consisting of perlon wool (mechanical filtration), ceramic rings, peat and aggain perlon wool. After this water goes in other chamber where is a power head which puts it back into the tank.
     
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    i c, thanks for the explanation..
     
  9. Vojs

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    july

    This tank ran into some problems, first I managed to poison all shrimps with CO2, than Gllossa and tennelus start growing to high, than I totaly neglected it for a while, but finally managed to some things. Tennelus is out, Glossa is put only to spread in small area, and some stones are added (their color is different then the old ones).

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  10. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    aah some slate stones ..
    i like your hardscape but there is a lack of a carpet plant in the front
     
  11. Vojs

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    Yes there is a lack of carpet in front. I had Glossa there but it grow too much in height. I am considering two options, to plant HC or to spread a white sand in front.
     
  12. Jurijs mit JS

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    hc ;)

    why does your glosso grew in height? in your other scape there is everything ok with your glosso ?!
     
  13. Vojs

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    I think because of very high CO2 level (I read somewhere that if concetration of CO2 is above 30mg per l it starts growing upwards). Any way glossa will eventually grew across the stones, and carpet will be soon in a mess. Also I think that glossa is too big for a carpet in a tank this size.
     
  14. Jurijs mit JS

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    yeah .. and hc makes less work, trimming and so ..
     
  15. Vojs

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    august update

    Here is an update after a while. Glossa did not work at all, may even because of the light. Anyway I planted Eleocharis on Glossa spot, and since I can not find HC i put white sand. And I like the effect.

    Java moss did poor also since hair algae got all over it, and I replaced it with Monosolenium, but probably, I will replace Monosolenium with Riccia.

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