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zeldar's mini-m iwagumi

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by zeldar, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. zeldar

    zeldar New Member

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    This is my other mini-m. It has the frosted sides and back which is really cool in my opinion. I started the current scape a couple weeks ago after I saw some bonsai rocks online that I instantly pictured as a iwagumi. I wasn't planning on it, I just all of a sudden knew I had to do it. The rocks were a little bit on the small side for the mini m but i just made a bigger mound of substrate to make up for it. I think it made it a little better.

    This was orignially to be my CRS tank but I am not sure how the bonsai rocks are going to affect the tank water. Plus I want to do some co2 in this tank so now I'm thinking of a slightly more hardy shrimp, like regular tigers. I will have to wait and see once i get the water in and the tank fully cycled. It will have a 2213 on it with Paul's (onefang) custom lilly pipes. The filter is currently running on my old 10g to get some bacteria in place.

    I really like the current plants I have in here. For the carpet I am using mini pellia. I haven't ever seen it used as a full carpet before so I am hoping it will fill in with time. The background is dwarf hairgrass but I really wanted something longer so i just ordered some Giant Hairgrass from GLA. I would like for the hairgrass to reach the surface and fold over. We will see if it works out. Recently added (haven't taken a pic of it yet) is mini riccia to the right side of the far right stone. Its just there as an accent and I'll keep it trimmed pretty low to not bring major attention to it.

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    ADA mini-m 'mist'
    Archaea 26w clip on
    Eheim 2213 with custom acrylic lilly pipes
    Aquasoil 'multi'
    paintball co2
    pfertz ferts

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  2. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    Nice to see some of our Sponsors stuff used in a stylish tank o:)
    so this is kind of dry start? Is the Pellia somehow attached to something?
     
  3. zeldar

    zeldar New Member

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    haha thanks! Yea is sort of like a dry start. Just long enough to let the mini pellia root onto the substrate. It usually takes a week or two for it to happen so it should be about ready. I will probably flood the tank in the next couple days.
     
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    Never done or seen similar before, keep my fingers crossed for you [-o<
     
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    Nice work. But will pelia root into the substrate? Does pelia have roots?
     
  6. zeldar

    zeldar New Member

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    Peanut- It doesn't have roots, but it will latch onto the substrate like fissidens. I have tried it in a tank before with good results. Although it was a small 2"x2" patch, this is a much larger scale... I pulled a small part up yesterday and there was substrate attached to the entire bottom! So I think its about ready for the flood.
     
  7. Jurijs mit JS

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    than good luck and keep us update ;)
     
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    Nice hardscape, looking forward for update
     
  9. Nikolaich

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    Very nice! Will it be filled withe water?
     
  10. zeldar

    zeldar New Member

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    Thanks guys! The compliments really mean a lot.

    Not much has changed here. I did add the dwarf riccia to the right side. And I put on the custom lily pipes. Can you beleive they are hand made? Best quality acrylic pipes I have ever seen... I will probably flood the tank this weekend. The pellia seems to be pretty well attached to the substrate. I have some Giant Hairgrass on the way and will be adding it to the back. I just don't think the DHG is going to get tall enough for how I want it to look.

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  11. Nikolaich

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    Custom? Very... accurate! :) How have you bent acryl?
     
  12. valisnerija

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    An interesting and original nano!

    We are pleased to follow this subject,!
     
  13. nicolai vandhul

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    Nice scape! Does lily pipes are fantastic. Did you make them yourself?
     
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    Onefang, In addition to this post could you post it separately, perhaps with a tutorial?
     
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    haha no be my guest, its not derailing anything! The pipes are awesome and making them looks like an art. Onefang has made me 3 sets of pipes now and all are top notch!
     
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    Added the Giant Hairgrass. I got what I asked for... The stuff came in and was 2 foot tall! Needless to say I chopped over half of it to get it to fit in the mini m. While separating it from the rockwool I noticed it doesn't have runners like DHG. Anyone thats grown Giant HG, how does it propagate?
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  19. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    I can see that hair grass soon getting out of hand, are you able to get E. accicularis rather than E.parvula? I've grown the big 4 hair grasses and find accicularis the happy medium out of them all.
     
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    It is not Parvula. Its montevidensis. I will see how it does but can always pull it if the runners get crazy. I would LOVE to get Acicularis but never see it for sale in the US...
     

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