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    Amateur Iwagumi

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    Started my interest in Aquatic Planting since 2016. I continued my passion in 'Iwagumi' after doing readings and research about it.

    Reading the posts posted in this forum helped to gain more understanding on Planted Tanks which will definitely assist me in my 'Iwagumi' set up.

    Just like eveybody else here, I will be sharing about my 'Iwagumi' Set Up. I will be happy to here your advices and sharing.

    Items/Materials:
    1) ANS Crystal Tank - 60x30x36cm
    2) Chihiros LED Lighting - E601S
    3) ADA Aqua Soil - 9 Litre
    4) ADA Power Sand Special - Size S
    5) Plant: 1-2 Grow! Eleocharis 'Mini'

    Currently going with DSM. Planning to continue with DSM for 6 weeks.






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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Very neat start, bro!

    In my opinion, if the main rock being moved to the right a bit, it would look better. And the formation of rock also move to the right to create some balance.

    Hope the DSM is going well.


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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Very neat start, bro!

    In my opinion, if the main rock being moved to the right a bit, it would look better. And the formation of rock also move to the right to create some balance.

    Hope the DSM is going well.


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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    Very neat start, bro!

    In my opinion, if the main rock being moved to the right a bit, it would look better. And the formation of rock also move to the right to create some balance.

    Hope the DSM is going well.


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    Thanks bro..trying to keep it neat and do it proper from the start...thanks for the suggestions bro...but abit too late cos the hairgrass all planted..wah really took me long time to saparate the hairgrass to smaller clumps n planting...took a few hr to finish it..but enjoy every moment of it...

    Just a quistion...do i need to cover the tank fully or fully but with holes or no need to cover..cos the tank look humid and with the heat from the light n the room temp will trap the hot air in..more like sauna for the hairgrass..keeping the light on for 8-10 hr

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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Ya, I bet the planting process is very challenging and also enjoyable! Haha!

    Yes, you should cover the tank with cling-wrap to keep the moist environment and poke few small holes for ventilation. It is kind of greenhouse effect.


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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    Ya, I bet the planting process is very challenging and also enjoyable! Haha!

    Yes, you should cover the tank with cling-wrap to keep the moist environment and poke few small holes for ventilation. It is kind of greenhouse effect.


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    Yes yes..hahaha...yah i did cover the tank and make abit of opening at both end of the tank..but the tank become so fog up..and can feel the heat in the tank..not sure if tis is ok..tot of making a bigger opening for the heat in the tank to escape..

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    That is the good sign that the tank has enough moisture. Poking few holes on top for ventilation is fine. When you see the root start spreading around, then more holes can be poke gradually to introduce more ventilation and CO2 intake to the tank.
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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    That is the good sign that the tank has enough moisture. Poking few holes on top for ventilation is fine. When you see the root start spreading around, then more holes can be poke gradually to introduce more ventilation and CO2 intake to the tank.
    Aha..noted bro..is there any chance of molding or algae for DSM..my main concern are molding cos of the high humidty...as for algae not sure can get with DSM..

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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Molding, yes. It might appear during DSM. Just try to use clean water for fuming the tank if you can. But even it is there, not to worry much, algae eater can take care of them after you flood the tank. Algae is very minimal, if any, using this method.
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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    Molding, yes. It might appear during DSM. Just try to use clean water for fuming the tank if you can. But even it is there, not to worry much, algae eater can take care of them after you flood the tank. Algae is very minimal, if any, using this method.
    Ok noted bro..thanks for the info n time to reply..appricate it..will post more updates pic weekly till flooding stage...

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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Hi guys!I It is week 1 of DSM.Some areas of browning and some new growth of plant seen. However, no moulds and fungus seen so far.

    My Daily routine through out the week..
    - Lights on for 10-12hrs.

    - Mist twice daily; morning and evening with de-chlorinated tap water using 'Seachem Prime'.

    - Wiped the vapors seen on the glass of the tank on every evening.

    - Lift up the Cling Wrap to air the tank at night until the next morning.

    I look forward to the progress of my DSM in Week 2. Feel free to drop any suggestions or comments. Have a good week ahead everyone!


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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    I hope this post finds you well. It's week 2 of DSM. The hair grass are growing healthily as no mould seen. New runners from the existing clumps can be clearly seen. At the same time, new growth are 'popping out' of the substrate.

    Same routine applied as in Week 1. May this consistency will result to new growth spreading. As process of DSM is going on smoothly till date, I am getting equipments for filling up the tank ready-Eg: Filter, Chiller and CO2.

    You may drop your comments and suggestions. Meanwhile, have a good week ahead!

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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Is that a new chihiros model light set?

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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    Yup ya right roger..chihiros E601S.

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    Yup your right roger..its chihiros E601S.

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    Re: Amateur Iwagumi

    The light looks like it has too much blue in it, making the green looks wash out?

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    Isit..didnt really notice..hehehe..but still trying out this lights and will see how it perform when the tank is flooded..

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