First planned planted tank & first Iwagumi (?) attempt

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Animal Mother, 18 Oct 2009.

  1. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Member

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    My first attempt at an Iwagumi (is that right?) nano tank. It's also my first planted tank that has any form of planning apart from "but plants, stick plants into gravel, take out dead plants".

    This is on Day 1.
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    Specs:

    Aquastyle 380
    Single 8000k bulb
    Aqua Soil Malaya
    Coral sand
    Pumice stone
    Eleocharis parvula
    vesicularia dubyana

    I'm quite happy with my first attempt.
     
  2. Dolly Sprint 16v

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    I like it - can i sugest a piece of redmoor in the right hand corner covered in moss - but stand it upright so it will look like a tree. The rocks look good - my first thoughts were a broken bridge.

    Regards
    paul
     
  3. Animal Mother

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    Forgot to mention, I need to buy another Eleocharis parvula to fill the upper right area.

    I see what you mean by broken bridge, nice idea. It actually looks a little different with real perspective and the rocks look loads better in real life.

    I'm going to go with the grass and see how that matures before I consider anything else.
     
  4. chump54

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    hey,

    what about some taller grasses back left and right vallis maybe... give it a bit of height and echo the rocks, reaching across the path???

    Chris
     
  5. Animal Mother

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    Thanks. :thumbup:

    DO you think I should put a background on it?
     
  6. Animal Mother

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    Ok, day 2.

    Just added some taller plants, I think they are Eleocharis acicularis, can anyone be more accurate?

    Shrimp went in too, not sure on species but not Amano as they have been breeding readily.

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  7. chump54

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    looking good, what you going to use for ferts n carbon?

    background? what about a graded blue (as saintly has used recently)...or even the oliver knott diffuser film, might look good with the white path? i can't really comment on the tiles as I have bricks behind mine at the mo. :D

    Chris
     
  8. Animal Mother

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    :lol:

    I know, the tiles are grim aren't they.

    Will try and find the things you recommended. Do you have any links please?
     
  9. chump54

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  11. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Member

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    CHeers chaps, good idea. :thumbup:
     
  12. Rowly

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    The tanks looking good, i love the valley in the centre i'm thinking of doing something similar myself :clap:
     
  13. Animal Mother

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    Thanks dude, I can't wait till it's more mature and looking a lot better. :thumbup:

    What idea/plan do you have?

    I plan on putting a couple of these in when the tank is more mature. :D

    Dario_dario_male_scarlet_badis_badis_bengalensis_713x480.jpg

    Soooo cute. ;)
     
  14. Animal Mother

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    Easycarbo and they are planted in AS Malaya. Will I need more ferts?
     
  15. chriscrook4750

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    looking good m8
     
  16. chump54

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    I would go with some tpn+ (Tropica Plant Nutrition + ) the plus means it includes nitrates and phosphates as well as trace elements - includes pretty much everything you'll need the ADA AS gives you a bit of leeway with the dosing. It won't hurt to dose ferts but it might hurt not to.

    Chris
     
  17. Rowly

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    Hi Animal Mother,

    I have a 2ft high tank, so i was going to try and have a valley like yourself, but higher with weeping moss growing down into it, with maybe Vallis Nana around the tops, and crypts around the front. I need to get the funding together first tho, will hopefully be starting it just after Christmas.

    Any idea what the fish is called that you have posted a pic of, it's stunning, i'm not to good with my fish :oops:

    Regards,
    Rowly
     
  18. Jack middleton

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    i think it is scarlet badis
     
  19. Rowly

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    Thanks Jack, i think these might be going in the new scape if i can get hold of them :thumbup:
     
  20. Animal Mother

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    Scarlet Badis (Dario Dario) :thumbup:
     

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