OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

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OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby SebTheCubbyFox on 20 Feb 2012 22:57

Here goes my first Iwagumi style setup so be with me on it.

This is a replacement of my shrimp tank, which has had overgrown a bit recently. It was hard to get vallis and staurogyne under control and I got somewhat bored with the tank.

Here go the specs of the new setup:
Tank: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm (10mm), vol. Around 50-55l. net
Lighting: 4x24W T5 suspended
Hardscape: Seiryu Stone (ca. 12kg)
Co2: Pressurised via inline diffuser
Filtration and flow: AllPondSolution External Filter 1000 L/H + 9W UV & EcoTech Vortech MP10 powerhead
Heating: Hydor 200W External heater
Substrate: crushed lava, ADA Power Sand Special with ADA Amazonia, Penac P & W, Bacter 100
Ferts: EI, EasyCabro (about 3 ml per day)
Fauna: Red Cherry Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Pepper terta (Axelrodia stigmatias) - fish and shrimps are currently in a smaller tank
Flora: HC

First I need to share some pics of the fantastic quality of the tank I got from the lads in Aquaworld (thanks!!):
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OK, so the stand is in place, frame for the suspended light is up, light unit fixed:
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now I’m getting the substrate and additives ready, rocks are washed and ready as well.
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First goes crushed lava:
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ADA’s Penac P, Penac W and some Bacter 100:
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ADA Power Sand Special:
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ADA Amazonia:
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First arrangements:
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Final rock placement:
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Planting:
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Final shot:
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Light is suspended 1 ft. over the water level and currently on for 6 hours a day, same for CO2 (two hours before the light).

More to follow.

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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby MrJackDempsey on 20 Feb 2012 23:08

Love detailed posts, makes everything far more interesting. Think you've done yourself proud and looking forward to seeing your tank progress, great tank
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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby cary-linda on 20 Feb 2012 23:10

That is wonderfull! Great job and thanks for sharing.

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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby m4r10 on 20 Feb 2012 23:15

It's looking good Seb. I gather the flow from the MP10 is adjustable, otherwise everything will start flying in the tank? Also, while there's no fish and shrimps in the tank, increase the CO2 added to the tank as the plants will love it.
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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby SebTheCubbyFox on 21 Feb 2012 15:36

Thanks lads.

Looks realy well in flesh...

Mario, the Vortech is adjustable, at the mo it is in lagoon mode at lowest speed about 750l/h as per the pump specs.

The CO2 is set for more than 4 bubbles per second - I cannot tell exactly cause it is not cauntable after that... :/

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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby m4r10 on 21 Feb 2012 19:15

Great stuff Seb. Looking forward for the Cuba to fill the tank ;)
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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby billy ocean on 21 Feb 2012 19:45

Looking forward to seeing this mature
He who sees things grow from their beginnings shall have the finest view of them.

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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby kevin fish on 22 Feb 2012 01:55

Well done Sub looking so well when it finish . All your hard work is paid for :D
Am also can't wait to see it mature.
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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby paddyc1 on 22 Feb 2012 22:36

Great setup Seb. Keep the pics coming as the plants progress. Thanks for sharing
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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby SebTheCubbyFox on 25 Feb 2012 23:28

It's been a week now and everthing is going fine so far...

The growth is not massive, but I can already see HC is spreading in places. It is certainly pearling nicely:

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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby joemc on 26 Feb 2012 02:24

very nice blog, great to see more planted tanks and a good series of pictures of the whole journey,
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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby davey_c on 26 Feb 2012 03:39

fair play and cheers for the step by step guide, always makes for a very interesting read, it will certainly help people wanting to start a similar journey :)
looks amazing as it is so i can see it looking AMAZING when its full :P
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Postby mickdeja on 26 Feb 2012 11:57

Great setup so far and will only get better with time. Fairplay for takin the time to document it all. :D
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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby Siobhan on 01 Mar 2012 12:06

look forward to watching this one grow out :P looks so good already!
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Re: OptiWhite 70x39x30cm Iwagumi

Postby SebTheCubbyFox on 05 Mar 2012 00:43

Thanks for all the comments, cheers!

Another week has just gone by... Had not much time last week for anything special except of continuing with the daily (ca. 80%) water changes.

Cuba is spreading nicely now and starts to cover the bottom just as I expected. As expected I am getting some diatom at the moment as well.

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So I got some ottos and couple of amano shrimps on Saturday and introduced them just last nite.
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I am fighting an urge to trim the cuba a little. Just wanna wait another couple of days maybe up to a week. It is developing more and more roots so will defo be ready for trimming in the next couple of weeks. Any thoughts on this?

Have reduced CO2 a little as well to 3-4 bubbles per second - the drop checker still stays lime tho - dont want to gas my fish and the 0.44l bottle lasted only a week, have another 0.66 hooked up now and also waiting for a delivery of two 6l ones :D this should last for a while.

Will now also be reducing water changes to just once a week and will be following the EI dosing schedule. The dosing bottles I have are 250ml, so I decided I am going to dose about 10ml per day 3x a week the following into 55l of water:

Potassium Nitrate - 9g
Potassium Phosphate - 1g
Potassium Sulphate - 15g
Magnesium Sulphate - 25g
Calcium Nitrate - 3g
Trace - 9g

which is going to give me the following concetration per dose:

Nitrate - 5.16ppm
Potassium - 7.64ppm
Phosphate - 0.51ppm
Magnessium - 1.80ppm
Calcium - 0.37ppm

and per week:

Nitrate - 15.48ppm
Potassium - 22.92ppm
Phosphate - 1.53ppm
Magnessium - 5.4ppm
Calcium - 1.11ppm

That should do for the moment.

The light is still a foot above the water level, 4x24W for 8 hours.

Will also be introducing some extra fish next week - hopefully, if everything goes fine with the filter etc. Think have around 12 pepper tetras, might get some more if I could find them in any lfs. I have seen some galaxy rasboras last week, so might be replacing pepper tetras with these if I could get no more... Will see...

That is it for now...
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