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Discussion in 'Introductions and Greetings' started by GotCrabs, May 15, 2016.

  1. GotCrabs

    GotCrabs New Member

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    Hi, new member here from Australia, decided to jump on board and read, learn.

    Am in the planning/beginning stages of putting together a small show case display tank in an Iwagumi style, tank is a Aqua One Horizon 35 (35cm x 20cm x 23cm, 15l), light is an Ista White LED (180 LED Bulbs, 60cm), substrate is ADA Amazonia Normal, flora is Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo', hardscape is Piesces Seiryu Stone and will be start off in DSM form.

    Have read up a bit on DSM and Iwagumi and so far have learnt that lighting period should be 10 to 12 hours, cover the tank with a lid or cling wrap to keep in moisture, each day remove the cover to let in new CO2, after a week or two slightly peel back the cover to give the tank a constant source of CO2, lightly spray the tank each day, add a layer of water no higher than the substrate, no pools, puddles.

    What I'd like to know is, what is the best method of planting, should I put the pieces of 'MMC' into the substrate or just sit them on top? Also, could I use a diluted fert mixed in water to spray each day like Seasol?

    Thanks.
     
  2. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    If you are using aquasoil you won't need any fertilizers during the emersed stage. What hardscape are you thinking of? It's best to get a grasp at how you are going to do it by experimenting with dry setups.
     
  3. GotCrabs

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    Will be a small Iwagumi set up, will play with a few different set ups before planting though.
     
  4. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    GotCrabs

    Welcome to ASW will you fill in your location in your profile please.

    I am 75klm south of Melb.

    Take a few steps back post a few photos of what you would like to do first then work from there.

    Start your research here at ASW

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  5. GotCrabs

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    Have read a lot about Iwagumi and the position of stone and the names and meanings, purposes of the stones, read up on Dry Start Method as well, really find Iwagumi to be relaxing and calm to look at.
     
  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    GotCrabs

    There is a massive difference between reading about Iwagumi and actually getting the naterials required and then mastering the art of Iwagumi.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Argh, yeah I know...
     
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    Don't forget to fill in your location please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  9. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to ASW!

    Believe it or not, Amano who first began the Iwagumi style scapes did not base it off of Kerasensui (Japanes rock arrangement), but rather how stones and sand looked on the banks of the Amazon.

    Throw the rules out in that regard. Try to make an appealing image by using general rules of composition. Golden ratio/rule of thirds, keep hardscape from the edges of the glass to keep an open appearance, etc. These types of things will help you much more than trying to adhere to a rigid set of rules and stone names.
     
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