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Iwagumi Suitable For Tall Tank??

AdAndrews

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I will have an 125litre, 80cm x 50cm(high) x 35cm.. and have been thinking about iwagumi lately, but will it look silly in a taller tank, i will raise the substrate like in saintlys 120cm iwagumi, but just want your thoughts really.
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there's 2 ways in which you can use the big void left by a tall tank....

like george says, use bigger stones and get the correct aspect ratio for the tank or, use smaller stones and give the impression of a mini landscpae. this leaves you with a third of the tank empty. maybe fill that gap with plants like e vivipara or Vana. or even stems. my MA tank was/is tall and the rocks are too small to use just on there own with no back ground plant so i opted for stems.

here's the said tank as it is today. you'll see the stems fill the back now and are a doddle to look after

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ok, thanks i will try and get some big rocks then.. and then george mentioned tall fish? so angels? or can you advise any others?
 

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AdAndrews said:
ok, thanks i will try and get some big rocks then.. and then george mentioned tall fish? so angels? or can you advise any others?
I'd avoid angels long-term for a 125 litre as it's too small really. Fine for juveniles but they grow big, speaking from experience in my old Juwel Rio 125...

Deeper bodied tetras would be ok and suit an Iwagumi nicely i.e. bleeding hearts, black phantoms, serpae, flame etc. etc.
 

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ok, thanks, i hope to create something similar to saintlys iwagumi, that was great inspiration.. i have read some of your articles george and you suggest to under stock the tank, say if i went with a shoal of cardinals how many do you think i could get away with bearing in mind i still want to keep it a nice peaceful atmosphere, plus the tank will also include about 6 otto's and 20 amano shrimp :)

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