I have been away for about 3 years from the aquarium hobby, due to military service and work. Now I'm back and have started on a new tank. The name of the design is "Kokou", meaning austere, worn and weathered. It is a Iwagumi (Rock Arrangement) layout with Seiryu Rocks and Eleocharis Acicularis. Water Parameters at DAY 2 Tank Dimensions:
W120xD45xH45 cm Lighting:
4×54W T5 (7000K) Illumination Time:
10 hours a day Filtration:
Atman CF-1000 external filter, ceramic rings, activated carbon, filter wool and small amount of coral chips Substrate:
ADA Aquasoil Amazonia + Powersand Special (contains Bacter 100 + Clear Super) Fertilizers:
Potassium Sulphate + trace elements mix every 2 days. CO2:
Pressurized system with external reactor, 4 bubbles per second. O2:
10 hours every night with air pump. Temperature:
26 deg.C pH:
2 Project Log
ADA Powersand Special (containing Bacter 100 and Clear Super) on the bottommost layer.
ADA Lily Pipe knock-off from AquaticMagic, recommend by tcampbell of AquaticQuotient.com.
IIITools, including a long tweezer, bent long scissors and a sand flattener, also from AquaticMagic.
Atmn CF-1000 Canister Filter (with hose-adapters to fit the Lily Pipes) and 5L CO2 setup.
ISTA Max Mix CO2 Reactor with glass bubble-counter and MUJI push-rack on castors with my equipment.
1st layer of ADA Aquasoil Amazonia.
All 4 9L bags of ADA Aquasoil Amazonia are in and creating a slope.
Planning the layout.
Iwagumi (Rock Arrangement) Planning.
From paper to tank. Shortage of rocks to really fill the tank. Left some gaps for later addition of rocks.
Spent 2 hours untangling, separating and planting the Hairgrass in about 4cm intervals.
Flo Lily Pipes in action.
Fan to cool the tank water to 26 deg.C.