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"Sleeping giant" - 200 Liter Iwagumi

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Jurijs mit JS, Aug 24, 2008.

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  1. J House

    J House Moderator Staff Member

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    From my experience, you have enough flow. I have the same filter on my 72g tank (4 feet width) without any issues. You really just want very good biofiltration that will eventually make the tank work. Right now even if you add a bigger filter the biofilter isn't mature so your just moving water around. I also had an iwagumi on my 46g tank (3 feet width) and used a Eheim 2213 and it was pristine. Once tank develops most of the filtration will be in the tank anyway. That's why initally you do the water changes and use carbon and/or Purigen to help with organic removal since the plant mass is limited. Once the plants get going, you remove the carbon. Adding stems as suggested should help as well.
     

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  2. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    what is about the light?
    will look tomorrow for some carbon/purigen
    excuse me, what does "pristine" means?
     
  3. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    i even called my favourite pet store and asked them about carbon/purigen they have no purigen - but the problem is not to get the water kristal clear - the problem is to remove more organic wastes.
    they reccomended to replace some of my filter swams with some special ceramic tubes: Biological filter media-sera siporax® 15 mm
    and to add amtra pro-cult (alive filter bacteria)amtra clean procult
     
  4. Tobi

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    Hi Jur4ik,

    i think your Problem ist your very soft water and not enough water changes.

    With KH and GH 1° your Aquasoil will suck all away at the beginning. Get some GH/KH Booster and give your Plants some more Ca/Mg.

    The brown tint of the water is removed through big water changes.

    Add some potassium to your fert regime.

    And don't get those filter media... it will make everything even worse. Carbon or Purigen is Okay but stay away from Siporax and other high bio filter media.

    Best Regards
    Tobi
     
  5. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    replaced today my old bulbs
    added some more cabomba stems
    replaced 1/4 of my filter swams with Siporax - maybe will rereplace it again with swams when the tanks matures
    also added some filter bacteria
    daily 50% wc done

    rearanged the filter inlet and the heater, will post tommor some new pics
     
  6. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    from today only dosing potassium and micro nutrients, and less easy carbo.
    puffered my very soft tap water up to 5° GH and 3° KH - this should prevent fluctuating co2 levels and do better for plats

    i think i done a mistake, i plated hc with small peaces of substrate it was planted in - maybe this causes some of my problems?

    here the promised pictures:

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  7. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    tody the water is allready very clear - i dont knwo if it is cristal clear but it looks healthy :)

    from today morning all diatoms dissapeared - im so happy :D

    i put yesterday 1 neon inside my tank - to check the water if it is ready for some amanos, this neon is still alive .. will check later amonium level
     
  8. MonoBarrientos

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    Hi Jur4ik!
    good tank...
    suggestion: maybe, some small rocks in the right side (for equilibrium sensation) ...but i only a personal opinion :-?
    pristine=very clean

    Saludos!
    Gmo
     
  9. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    i thought about it, but i only have a few rocks left and imo the tank is not big enough for 2 compositions.
    actually i did a rescape, and moved all the rocks a bit to the right so it wont look as empty on the right as you see on the last pics.

    the days i will recieve glosso and plant this, pics will follow
     
  10. Steven Chong

    Steven Chong Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I have to agree that the layout seems very unbalanced. It's obvious a lot of effort has been put in though. Good look, should be a nice tank.
     
  11. John N.

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    Pretty interesting aquascape so far. I can't wait to see what you did with the rock placements as I too thought it was too far left.

    Are you planning to keep the Cabomba stems in there for the duration of the scape?

    -John N.
     
  12. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    glosso still not recieved, as i was told - the will ship today.

    John - i will remove them after glosso planted, maybe just let them swimm on the surface for a couple of weeks.
    after a while i have to say that i love the effect of stems in the middle of "stone circle" if i use some red stems instead of cabomba it will look like an explosion :p
     
  13. Jurijs mit JS

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    Hi guys,
    i´m sorry,no updates for along time .
    First of all the new facts:
    lightning: 2x new bulbs, 6 hours per day, all together 250 watt HQL
    filter: stil the same eheim 2235
    heating: set up for 24° as my lamps warm up the water too :p (250watt ^^)
    maintenanse regime: every second or third day 50% WC, daily dosage of micro and macro nutrients
    flora: glosso + hairgrass
    fauna: 6 amano shrimps + 4 Pangio Kuhli (see my avatar) + 1 ancistrus

    and here are the pics

    after the rescape inlcuding glosso

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    and how it looks now after a month
    (this glosso took several weeks to start growing, because it was an emersed one)

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    my pics are allways from the side, because my tank is placed in our floor and there is not enough place to get a frontal shot, but i know how important it is, i tried to do a panorama and put 2 pics with photoshop together and created something like a front shot, here it is

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    now, please tell me how you like the rearrangement of stones and how it looks at all?
    the only algae i have, are those green coverage on the stones and on the glasses i can easily clean with a razor-blade, how can i get rid of this green algae on my stones?
     
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    This composition is impressive and aims at ways. Simply spectacular. :Toofunny:
     
  15. Vojs

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    Beautiful tank, and great progress! It is a pity you cannot make a frontal shot. About alges on the stones Try Easy Carbo, double dosage directly on the stone. It will not harm Glosso nor Eleocharis.
     
  16. Jurijs mit JS

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    what about the amano shrimps? once it happened that they got a shock, i still didnt know from what..

    did this method only help temporary or for a longer time after done a few times?
    i would like to prevent this algae in the next scape
     
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    here is a little update - a better front shot panorama :D
    i hope now everabody can better imagine how it looks like

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  18. Jurijs mit JS

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    The video is much more lively...... Now it's the time to prune Glossos. I would love to see some touch of Red in the scaping somewhere (Left Back corner may be.). Wish you all the best.
     
  20. Carolina

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    Very amazing rock, or petrified wood?
     
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