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This is a discussion on Guide to Setting Up a Soil Substrate Planted Aquarium- Part 2 within the Beginner Planted Aquarium forums, part of the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium category; --> heres my 10 gallon NPT: DSC_0112.jpg and a couple of my 5 NPT Iwagumi input wanted!: DSC_0113.jpg DSC_0114.jpg DSC_0115.jpg DSC_0116.jpg DSC_0117.jpg I started these ...

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Guide to Setting Up a Soil Substrate Planted Aquarium- Part 2
Old 10-23-2010, 12:55 PM   #21
 
heres my 10 gallon NPT:
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and a couple of my 5 NPT Iwagumi input wanted!:
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I started these when i first saw Reds first forum post on how to do it and i dont think i will ever do anything other than NPT again
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:19 PM   #22
 
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heres my 10 gallon NPT:
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and a couple of my 5 NPT Iwagumi input wanted!:
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I started these when i first saw Reds first forum post on how to do it and i dont think i will ever do anything other than NPT again
Some moss and a small randomly-placed anubias nana var petite would look nice on the rock and would 'soften' it's appearence. Large-leaved plants in the foreground can do wonders for adding depth. (google "forced perspective")


How much light do you have on that tank? If it's a good bit, you could try some dwarf baby tears on the substrate and allow it to cover the foreground.
Hairgrass is popular in Iwagumi-style tanks, but Echinodorus var Vesuvius would look nice in my opinion-
Just pull out the large ones when it propogates and you'll have a number of small plants that look almost like a cross between twisted val and dwarf hairgrass. (You could also grow the vesuvius in another tank and transplant the small runners that form when they are a couple inches tall)

The iwagumi tank doesn't lend itself too much to soil- Personally, I'd do lots of waterchanges for the first few months to get rid of surplus nutrients.

For color, you could use a few stems of Rotala Rotundifolia or cabomba furcata. Ooh, I just saw the floating plants (azolla? duckweed?). They'll be perfect to absorb nutrients for now, along with the stem plants I mentioned. In a month or so, you can fish the floating plants out and try baby tears.

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Old 10-25-2010, 03:11 PM   #23
 
hey Red thanks for the info,

i acualy have some glossostigma in the foreground and some hairgrass in the back.
i also have sone hornwort and some anarchis? in the back.yes that is duckweed to obsorb nutrients.


i would love some anubias nana but i think my mother is tired of the pet store,although i do need some more tropical food......


and i have some java moss on the filter floss covering the intake to the filter to see if it will attatch itself.

28w over the tank but its like 8 inches off the surface.

i would love some DBT but they dont carry it anywhere around me
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:10 AM   #24
 
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Thanks for the quick reply, I will just worry about setting up a tank for the goldie, and I'll postpone a substrate tank for when he's in his new home :).
The goldfish is being nursed by someone else, so my 15 gallon is mine again. I'm going to be giving this a shot, thanks for the inspiration!

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Old 10-28-2010, 09:13 AM   #25
 
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Good luck Hannah I hope it does well for you.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:32 AM   #26
 
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There's something I forgot to mention (and forgot to implement in my own tanks)

If you have soft water, you need something to add a few points of Kh.
After testing my own tanks, chalk increases GH.
GH is the level of calcium and magnesium, so if you have snails or inverts, chalk is still okay.

To raise the KH and GH slowly over time, you can add small (tiny!) amounts of these to the tank, either mixed in the substrate or simply placed on top in an out of the way place. (Filter basket is ideal if you filter the tank)

Crushed Coral
Dolomite
Limestone

I'm using agricultural limestone, and will most my results.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:15 PM   #27
 
whats kh?
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:21 PM   #28
 
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Kh is the amount of carbonates in the water (buffering capacity).

I have no idea why calcium carbonate doesn't raise kh, but in my tanks it doesn't.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:27 PM   #29
 
how do you test for GH and KH? the test kit i see in stores just do ph, nitrite, ammonia, nitrate tests...
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:14 PM   #30
 
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If you have a good LFS they will have the test kit either for sale or they can test it for you like mine did.
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