Nigel's Iwagumi 128L

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Nigel95, 6 May 2017.

  1. Nigel95

    Nigel95 Member

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    Hello welcome to my Iwagumi minimalist journal! Started with the hobby around march 2017 and I really like it so far. This is my second tank, my first tank was a 25L but it was way to small IMO.

    Specs
    Tank

    80x40x40 cm / 31,49x15,75x15,75" opticwhite 8mm
    34 gallon / 128 litre
    Lighting
    Aquatlantis easy led 742
    Stones
    Dragon stone
    Substrate
    ADA Aqua Soil
    Shrimp
    20 Red cherry
    17 Amano
    Fish
    20 green neon tetra
    Plants
    Monte carlo in the front/middle and eleocharis acicularis mini around the stones / in the back.
    Co2
    Pressurized CO2 with a diffusor
    co2 30 ppm
    Heater
    Hydor eth 200 / 24 degrees Celcius
    Filter
    Eheim 2426 with stainless steel lily pipes
    Background
    Frosted glass spray

    Final video


    Day 1



    Made a pretty good deal and bought a 80x40x40 cm / 31,49x15,75x15,75" opticwhite 8mm tank with cabinet. Only front and side panels are opticwhite.
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    I really love seiryu stones but the seller gave me a lot of dragon stone.
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    Hardscape
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    Day 1
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    Day 14
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    Day 26
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  2. Nigel95

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    Found a cheaper light (second hand) CRI 80 but full spectrum (3200 lumens). Can't dim the lighting but I can play with the height. I think the lighting stand wouldn't hold the heavy black box, so that's why I went for this. The lighting build slowly up/down in 1 hour. So I guess the fish will be happy :)
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    Have a look at my Youtube channel :)
    >> www.youtube.com/nigelaquascaping
    <<

    Decided to buy the Eheim 2426 because it comes with filter media and is easier for maintenance. And is almost the same price as the eheim 2217.

    Gonna use this hardscape. Critique still welcome!
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  3. Eduard18

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    Dragon stones are dramatic stones, hence the name, IMHO; so I would use bigger than these, so the main stones would be closer to the surface; or keep these but build a platform with the small ones and glue those on top , or something like that; you wouldn't want to see them buried under the "veggies " now, would you ? :);)
     
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  4. Nigel95

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    So yeah this is the final scape that I want to use. Gonna set up the tank next week (probably) can't really wait till summer :p
    Any critique still welcome ;)

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  5. Nigel95

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    Hmm I tried some bigger stones on the right but I didn't like the look tbh. The little stones on the right are ment to be further in thej flow of the 'river' as my lily pipes are on the left.
     
  6. Nigel95

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    Changed the stones on the right. Lol can't decide what do. Stones are little larger now. I think it's better.

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  7. Eduard18

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    Take your time ; try différent setups ; play around ; have fun

    Envoyé de mon SM-G935F en utilisant Tapatalk
     
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  8. Juraj C.

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    I think that the circle of stones around main stones looks a bit unnatural, it looks like a sundial.
    Maybe try to align their direction with main stone
     
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  9. Nigel95

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    Video of the 'final' hardscape

     
  10. Nigel95

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    Hmm yeah I tried to remove some but looks pretty empty w/o
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  11. Juraj C.

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    Those 2 stone right of main stones - try to stand them on shorter side, lean them in the same way as the main stone or a bit more so the are parallel with main stone or leaning a bit more to the right. This way the bigger of those 2 rocks would look like it has chipped off of main stone.
    I'd put back the stones you took away.
     
  12. Nigel95

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    I replaced the small stones on the right with some larger ones.
     
  13. Konsa

    Konsa Member

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    Hi
    Dont bury the small ish stones in the substrate too much . It my look a bit out of plase but when the carpet grows in it will be better.Had to pull stones up when I had iwagumi as didnt had in mind the plant grouth in the setup stage and they almost disappeared
    All the best with the scape and keep the updates comming
    Regards Konsa
     
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  14. Nigel95

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    Setting the tank up tomorrow ;)
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    Last edited: 18 May 2017
  15. Nigel95

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    After hours the tank is finally running. Made a mistake with planting monte carlo and they all floated fml.. Water is cloudy as hell. Will update a pic when lights are on. Had plenty of plants left because of splitting them in smaller pieces. Here some pics of setting up the tank.

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  16. Nigel95

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    Lights are pretty high but wanna avoid algae. Gonna lower them every week and keeping the lights at 7 hours (first hour builds slowly up and last hour slowly down)

    Not sure what to do with my 25L. Breed shrimp for this one or sell it? Help me out

    Around 5-6 bps atm and drop checker lime green / yellow. Flow is pretty high turned it a little down. In the right back grass is still moving with the flow.

    Some pics ;) SAM_1662.JPG SAM_1665.JPG SAM_1666.JPG SAM_1667.JPG
     
  17. CooKieS

    CooKieS Member

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    Hi, your rocks on the right will dissapear under the carpeting plants
     
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  18. Nigel95

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    I don't mind + I stay on top of maintenance as I don't want monte carlo floating ;)
     
  19. Juraj C.

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    It looks a bit artificial with clear straight horizontal border between monte carlo and grass and almost straight line at the back. It's further strenghtened by how border between lit and ulnlit areas in the background.
    Let's see how it looks a bit more matured.
     
  20. Nigel95

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    Monte Carlo will take over long term it grows through the grass. So that line will go away. Can't wait till the carpet is done :)
     

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