Glenns 15L Nano Iwagumi Journal (lots of pics)

Discussion in 'Journals' started by glenn, 28 Nov 2009.

  1. glenn

    glenn Member

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    hello, this is my first propper fully commited planted tank,(i have kept plants but they were just thrown in) i was tired of waiting to get the stuff i need for my 180L so in the mean time i thought i will set up a nano and i had most of the stuff needed for it any way :D

    specs

    tank- 15L (14'x8'x8'--36x20x20cm) very old scrached, chiped a bit, some stains around the rim i cant seem to get of :twisted: (i think evaporated water) hopfully they will be less visable when filled. :shifty:

    lighting- 11w desk lamp

    filtration-azoo mignon 150 HOB

    co2- easycarbo @ half a mill a day

    heating-i dont no yet, i do have 25w but it is big and unsightly, i might leave it to room temp (will this be ok?)o_O or buy a heating mat iv seen designed for betta tanks.

    ferts & nutrients-EI :thumbup:

    substrate-JBL aquabasis plus caped with unipac black micro gravel 1 inch at front sloping to 4 inches at back

    hardscape-of course Seiryu Stone (mini landscape rock) about 2k

    its not planted yet just scaped, i should be ordering my plants on tuesday(from TGM) and hopfully receiving them thursday or friday o_O
    pics - firstly, apologies for the very poor picture quality the good camera was away at the time but i got it back for some better pics :crazy:

    the bare tank
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    adding the base layer of JBl aquabasis plus
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    from the side
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    i didnt take it right to the front to stop the layer effect when viewing it...
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    capping with the gravel
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    adding the main stone
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    the other stones...
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    the last one
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    i got back the slightly better camera at this point
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    main stone left view...
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    right view
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    planting-i plan to buy Eleocharis parvula and Marsilea hirsuta (i would have gone with HC but wanted to try somthing not so popular) and possibly another plant.
    hopfully like this...
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    i plan to buy 2 pots of Eleocharis and 3 pots of Marsilea hirsuta, do you think this will be enough?

    comments and critiques welcome, and any questions please ask :thumbup:

    Glenn.
     
  2. Superman

    Superman Member

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    I think that the rocks are pointing in the same direction, you need to create tension by having different lines from the rocks.
    I don't have to hand a link of where you can get 'gumi tips but maybe someone can come along and provide the link.
     
  3. samc

    samc Member

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    iwagumis are all about triangles. ether 1 or 3 look best IMO.

    take a look at saintlys instore iwagumi. thats a good example. good start all the same, if your happy get it planted :D

    i would double my plant order to get a good plant mass in there.
     
  4. glenn

    glenn Member

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    thanks for the replies :thumbup:
    about the hardscape, i would apose the smaller rocks towards the bigger one but when i tryed it the opposit sides of the rock that you would see IMO look quite bad...but im giving it a go now and will hopfully get pics up tonight :rolleyes:

    thanks for the critique :D
     
  5. Superman

    Superman Member

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    I know what you mean, everytime I went to the LFS to look for rocks, I found rocks with a good face that was always pointing upwards-left. Whilst I like the stone on the left in my nano, it's not as "perfect" in my eyes as my right hand piece.

    At the end of the day, it's your tank, so if you're happy with how it looks then roll with it.
     
  6. glenn

    glenn Member

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    fastest rescape ever 'ey?
    what do you think...(the smallest stone is different btw)
    davesmith002.jpg
     
  7. NeilW

    NeilW Member

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    Looks a lot better although I would move the smallest stone so it was out of line with the medium stone; so either towards the bigger stone or further away (left or right when viewed from the front).

    Hope thats helpful,
    Neil
     
  8. glenn

    glenn Member

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    ok, thanks for the advice. i will see if i like it or not and go from there :D
     
  9. Superman

    Superman Member

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    A suggestion:

    The large left stone, turn it clockwise a bit so that the view in the photo (from the side) is from front on in the tank and try and bury the lower left corner a bit more in the substrate as it's a bit pointy.

    That should look a bit better?

    I'm not sure what to do with the other two rocks.
     

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