George's One-Pot Iwagumi Challenge

George Farmer

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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...

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Stay tuned... :)
 

Ady34

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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
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....Feel free to remove this nonesense :)
 

George Farmer

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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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Basic 7 stone Iwagumi
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Half a pot prepped to plant. Note the other half in the container
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First half planted
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Whole pot planted
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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! :)
 

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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.


Cheers
 

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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
Dean
 

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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.
 

George Farmer

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Thanks guys. :)

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

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 ??
I am struggling with HC, never had success with it. maybe Hydropiper could be an alternative.
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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