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George's One-Pot Iwagumi Challenge

Discussion in 'Featured Journals' started by George Farmer, 14 Oct 2013.

  1. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

    Hi all,

    New journal time. :)

    Spec -

    Tank and Cabinet - TMC Signature Range
    Lighting - TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima x 2
    CO2 - 2Kg FE, Dennerle reg with solenoid, 1BPS with Fluval bubble counter, Up Aqua inline diffuser
    Filter - Fluval G3
    Substrate - 15 litres TMC nutraSoil (black)
    Ferts - Tropica Specialised
    Hardscape - Seiryu Stone
    Plants - Elatine hydropiper aka Micranthemum sp. "Monte Carlo"

    Nothing too special. I just fancied a minimalist iwagumi with one species of plant.

    With one lonely Tropica 1-2-Grow pot of Elatine hydropiper, I wondered to myself if I could plant a whole tank with it...


    Stay tuned... :)
  2. siddaa1

    siddaa1 Member

    Liking this
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  3. Aron_Dip

    Aron_Dip Member

    You don't mess around... Tuned in :)

    Sent from my HTC Desire C using Tapatalk
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  4. Ryan Thang To

    Ryan Thang To Member

    looking forward to it.
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  5. Ady34

    Ady34 Global Moderator Staff Member

    Great idea, and if successful a very inexpensive way of rescaping and planting.....1 press up for every plantlet challenge should keep you calm when prepping :)
    I am however surprised you had the time to do the rescape being as you have clearly been to my house, stolen my toothbrush for part of your tool kit and replaced it ready for me to re-use tonight.....friendship over! Lol
    ....Feel free to remove this nonesense :)
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  6. Curvball

    Curvball Member

    Looking forward to seeing this one develop George.

    Posted from the comfort of my iPhone...
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  7. Orlando

    Orlando Member

    Tools of a pro right there. Wake up,brush teeth,brush stones,scape.
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  8. Ian Holdich

    Ian Holdich Global Moderator Staff Member

    Looking forward to this one mate, just remember, this needs a 23hour photoperiod, with half bubble per second of c02. I would go with 8 150w halides as well, probs about 1 cm from the surface.
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  9. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

    Thanks guys! :)

    The 1-2-Grow never fails to impress me.

    I spent 2 hours splitting that one pot and planting about 250 plantlets last night. Coverage seems ok. Photos to follow. :)
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  10. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

    Basic 7 stone Iwagumi

    Half a pot prepped to plant. Note the other half in the container

    First half planted

    Whole pot planted
    _MG_3547.jpg _MG_3549.jpg _MG_3540.jpg

    Next I'll be doing a 5 day dry-start just to establish enough root growth to anchor the plants before I add load of shrimp. Otherwise I'll be forever re-planting floaters! I've not done this before but it makes sense - to me, at least! :)
  11. ale36

    ale36 Member


    is this a joke?
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  12. zanguli-ya-zamba

    zanguli-ya-zamba Newly Registered

    Hi George,
    Already on an other scape ???!!! haha you don't waist time mate.
    This is the second or the third scape of the year ??
    The Elatine Hydropiper is plant that I really really like, when I saw it in the 120 G of Tom I wanted the same in my tank.
    I think in January I will order 3 pots from tropica and bring it to Congo. Two will be putted in the pond and one in the tank.
    I will watch that thread with a lot of interest !!!
    Mate I am struggling with HC, never had success with it. maybe Hydropiper could be an alternative.

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  13. Deano3

    Deano3 Member

    no rest for the wicked eh that is seriously fast re-scape and hope all goes well as that would be brilliant, separating that pot into 100s or plantlets is amazing George I am going to separate my next pot a lot more :thumbup:

    keep the pics coming
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  14. Tim Harrison

    Tim Harrison Global Moderator Staff Member


    Lol...it'll be a dense thicket in next to no time.
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  15. SuperColey1

    SuperColey1 Member

    My goodness George. That's even less plantmass than cheapskate me tries to start with :) Good luck with it. I always get green rocks when planting so little. I don't learn though and keep doing it :)

    Have to agree on the Tropica pots. Amazing amount in them.
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  16. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

    LOL :lol: Go Boy!
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  17. Martin in China

    Martin in China Forum Moderator Staff Member

    as always totally awesome
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  18. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

    Thanks guys. :)

    Yes, Ian is our resident joker on UKAPS. :) Sorry for any confusion.

    3rd scape I've set up at home this year in the same tank.

    I think you'll find this species a lot easier than HC - faster too. :)
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  19. zanguli-ya-zamba

    zanguli-ya-zamba Newly Registered

    So i have to give it a try, but really want to success with HC (I hate to lose a battle hahaha). I try to order it in feb or jan.

  20. Ian Holdich

    Ian Holdich Global Moderator Staff Member

    Well planted mate, must have taken ages!

    Sorry for any confusion, please, never use the above information ; )
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