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90l iwagumi high tech tank Journal.

4 Feb 2012
Welcome all to my journal for my tank, as of yet i have not purchased anything at all for the tank including the tank itself! i will be getting the tank in a month or so and also will be getting the equipment about a month after that! THIS WILL MEAN THE JOURNAL WILL OFICIALLY START IN THE BEGGINING OF APRIL :) I will be trying to achive an iwagumi style like Mark Evans becuase i think they are truly amazing and inspiring. Below i have all of the links to what i will buy for the scape. Please suggest any better items/ cheaper ones. Will be greattttly appreciated! Thankyou. P.S Remember to subscribe to the thread!

The Tank itself:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/60cm-90L-Open ... 6fc51eaf9a

CO2 supplies:The FE Method
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2kg-Co2-Fire- ... 35b91e02ec

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aquarium-Dual ... 519a58d1d7

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aquarium-Co2- ... 41586b0466

http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/colombo ... -3920.html

http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/fluval- ... -5847.html

http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/tmc-aqu ... -3842.html


http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/ae-desi ... -1231.html

http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/ae-desi ... -2425.html

http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/nag-han ... -5156.html

http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/hydor-e ... -5791.html

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Glass-Lily-pi ... 3a5fb47472

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/27cm-10-6-Sta ... 2a160f5957

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/22-5cm-10-Aqu ... 27c06f2c71

Hardscape Materials:
http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/ada-aqu ... -5723.html

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10KG-BOX-BRAN ... 19c9e83423

Plants + Fertilizers:
http://www.aquariumplantfood.co.uk/fert ... r-kit.html

Hi Harry
If your going to use a in-line UP atomiser in the future, you would require a regulator where the working pressure is adjustable.
The UP atomiser needs 1.7 bar and above to get it to work efficiently.
Here is a example of such regulators
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aquarium-CO2- ... 3f0c5f4df3
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JBL-Proflora- ... 3a700b1e17
A lot of non adjustable regulators are set at 1.5 bar which wont give you the required pressure too
push the Co2 through some diffusers.
Although 1.5 bar is enough working pressure, for the glass diffusers that are used inside the aquarium.
Oh okay i thought the one i had chosen would be sufficent but maybe not :) Erm, im trying to find a regulator cheap becuase they all seem to be so expensive! i need a regulator preferably with a solenoid on it. Any ideas? Thanks, harry.

EDIT: I may just downgrade to the glasss diffuser seeming as they look pretty nice. Will this one be good enough?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CO2-Nano-Glas ... 336e0277bc
Alastair said:
Lunapet sell great a reg and separate solenoid. I use them and think its by far the best I've had. Works out at 89 euros delivered
Alastair has purchased the Lunapet and gives it the :thumbup: a plus point is the solenoid is separate which gives you the option of replacing if it becomes faulty which some do after time....you don't have all the hassle of trying to remove it from the regulator.
The regulator is the most important part of the equipment to run stable Co2 so I wouldn't bother on buying a regulator that's not up to the job....just to save some extra cash.
It will save you money in the long run.

The nano diffusers are fine...purchase a pack of three as you can re-place the used diffuser for cleaning and have a spare for back-up.
hinch said:
the reg he's picked has working pressure adjust on it and built in needle + sel its the one I use
Cheers hinch
Does it...it doesn't mention it.
Whats the regulator like does it run smoothly :?: ....that's the important part.
Update Time!

Update time: I have now started to collect different items for the tank (only small but we have to start somewhere!:)). These include: Timers for the solenoid + light etc, measuring cups for ferts, pippettes, and also have painted my wall white where my tank will eventually be situated! I been thinking on hardscape ideas and come up with something like this: (Not my tank)


IMO this tank is exactly how i want mine to look. I love the simplicty but effectiveness of the rock placement and the way the tank looks big due to the small HC. Try to imagine this hardscape with blyxa behind the rocks to give it more depth.

I will not be doing a DSM for my tank because i think it is pointless and wastes valuable time :thumbup:

If anyone knows how i can get the actual image to show up in my post please reply becuase URL's look ugly. ;) (Using Flickr)

I have a question, it is that How long should my co2 be on for, before the lights come on and off before the lights go off?

Any suggestions for hardscape ideas would be greatly appreciated;)
Re: Update Time!

HarryRobinson said:
If anyone knows how i can get the actual image to show up in my post please reply becuase URL's look ugly. ;) (Using Flickr)
Above the photo click "share" then click "grab the HTML/BB code" and then choose the bb code option. That is then ready to paste in :)
Hi Harry,

The tank that you're looking at looks really nice, seems to be really good value considering all the stuff included, especially the lighting, looks really smart. I just hope the stuff from APS is good quality. Would love to see pics and hear some feedback when you finally get it.

With regards to the timing of the co2, an hour or so before the lights come on and off is usually enough for most set ups, but it may be something that you need to figure out as you go along, same goes for lighting periods and how much co2 you need to inject. As I'm sure you know this is dependant on the plants you wish to grow and their requierments.

With my most recent set-up, the co2 came on 1hr before the lights, and off 30mins before the lights went off, as this was enough to keep a constant level of dissolved co2 in the water. If you haven't already, take a look at the article on constant co2 tests, knowing how much co2 is being dissolved into the water column is key to success with a high tech planted tank, and in my view this is one of the most useful articles I have read:

Hope this helps