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It's been a while since I posted here O_O--- anywho, wanted to post the project I've been working on for the past few months

  • Aquarium Name: tbd
    Project Objective: Create an iwagumi environment suitable for variety of tetras/corydoras and shrimp.
    Tank Model: MA (Mr. Aqua) - 720
    Tank Volume: 17.4G/66L
    Tank Dimensions: 23.6” x 11.8” x 14.2” (60cm x 30cm x 36cm)
    Filtration Equipment: Fluval 106 external canister
    Filter Medias: Hagen biomax, sponge, no carbon
    Temperature: Using Hydor external in-line heater; 76 Fahrenheit (24.4 Celcius)
    Lighting Equipment: Kessil A150W LED Amazon Sun
    Light Bulbs/Spectrums: 6700K
    Photoperiod: 10 hours (11am - 9pm)
    Substrates: ADA Power Sand Special S, CaribSea tahitian moon sand, CaribSea Eco-Complete
    Hardscape Materials: Seiryu Stone
    Fertilizing Method: Macro (KNO3+KH2PO4+K2SO4) + micro (plantex CSM+B) nutrients (will start 60 days after setup)
    Schedule & Doses: Macro/Micro on alternating days. 30~50% water change on 7th day
    CO2 Injection: Atomic in-line diffuser; 30ppm / 10 hours (10am - 8pm)
    Other equipment: 5lb Aluminum CO2 canister, Deluxe AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with Integrated Solenoid, drop checker
    Flora Species List: blyxa japonica, hemianthus callitrichoides, hemianthus glomeratus, taxiphyllum alternans
    Fauna Species List: paracheirodon innesi, caridina japonica, neocaridina heteropoda var. red, otocinclus sp., crossocheilus oblongus, clea helena, various snail invaders
    Goal for the Future: Establish lush plants and HC carpet, find a balance between plantscape and hardscape materials. Find a way to implement/execute the moss wall in the iwagumi layout.

First setup 11/28/12

Day 3 (11/30/12) moss wall added

Day 113 (3/20/13)

Day 90 video on youtube

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Beautiful tank! I have some questions if you don't mind.

150W on a 17g, are you really at 8.5W/g? Do you know what wavelengths the leds are?

Do you ever have problems with surface scum with a relatively calm surface? How do you filter the top?

What kind of snails do you have? I've always read that they are pests, but I've always had them in my tanks and never had to try to eliminate them.

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Discussion Starter · #4 · (Edited)
@moneymitch: thanks! I'll come up with the exact dosing for you soon. As for the specs, they should all be up there in the first post.

@Jeffrey: It's actually a 32W but is "equivalent to a 150W metal halide."
I usually have my water level around the mouth of the filter outlet for surface agitation. Sometimes I leave it just above the outlet because it creates a vortex that sucks the film down into the tank. As you might guess, if I leave the level too high, I end up with unsightly protein films.
I just have pond snails in my tank. They used to be a real problem because I was overfeeding but that isn't a problem anymore :)

Edit:: so it looks like I can't edit the first post so I'll add content here:
Day 126 (April 2, 2013)

Added a vinyl paper background. Very subtle difference but it makes the background lighting a lot more even.

Sunset effect LED tape in the back

Expecting a Linea Cup from Anubias of hydrocotyle sp. "japan" as a test run. Will throw some around the smaller/midground rocks. Might have to remove a bit of blyxa to do so. If it grows well, I'll be using Anubias products for my next project after the summer ends.
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