40B Dutch

By: aquabotanicae
March 11th, 2018
5:48 pm

40B Dutch



Hi everyone!

This is my first journal in this forum. In November 2017, I came across a craigslist ad about someone selling their unused 40 gallon breeder tank. This was perfect because I had a beautiful wooden cabinet that perfectly matched the dimensions of that tank. So, I decided to set up a new planted tank.

Hardware used in this set-up:
Eheim Classic filter
T5HO lighting fixture
Aqueon heater
CO2 regulator
Ista Inline CO2 Reactor
CO2 drop checker



I decided to go for a Dutch set up in order to challenge myself to keep up the tidy rows of plants to mimic Dutch streets. I know it requires tedious trimming, which I don't mind.

The first thing I did is that I painted the background into black.



The Substrate

Next, ADA Aquasoil Amazonia arrived in mail. Three 9L bags were a perfect amount!



The Dry-Start

The tissue culture plants arrived a few days later, and I planted them according to the plan, which has changed so many times since then. One of the few parts that remain constant is the curving "street" of Staurogyne repens. The other plants here are Althernanthera reineckii 'Mini', Hemianthus callictroides 'Cuba', Hydrocotyle tripartita, and Lobelia cardinalis. I planted, sprayed them thoroughly, covered with plastic cling wrap, and left them alone for four weeks to allow them to root well and grow.



The most important part was to leave one corner of the tank slightly open for ventilation and to make sure that there is always enough condensation within the tank, which meant it was humid enough for the plants to thrive. The lights were on for 9 hours a day, and the plants seem to like that.

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44 comments on "40B Dutch"

  • aquabotanicae
    December 20, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    The tank as it looks today.

  • Coolyokeluke
    December 26, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Originally Posted by aquabotanicae
    The tank as it looks today.

    It's stunning

    Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk

  • aquabotanicae
    December 27, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Thanks. Itís finally starting to look like the scape that I have in mind.

  • aquabotanicae
    January 6, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Iím completely baffled... [emoji53]

    A few days ago I noticed a few pale, almost yellow leaves among my Cryptocoryne parva. First there were a couple, and then half a dozen different plants with similar leaves. Since no serious change in water quality, fertilizers or lighting have taken place, I was confident that the plants should not be distressed in any way. So I decided to closely watch them for a few days.

    Upon closer examination, I realized these are completely different plants. Clearly, hitchhikers. The veins on the leaves are prolongated and stretch from bottom to tip. They also have pinkish spots. In a way, they resemble Blyxa japonica, but very tiny ones. See close ups below.





    But where did they come from? What kind of plants are they? I did have Blyxa japonica, but I removed all of it at least six months ago. And B. japonica never sent such tiny offshoots.

    Has anyone seen something similar to these? Please help ID.

  • DutchMuch
    January 6, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    def looks like japonica or dwarf sag of some sort. But my money is on the japonica shoots. Ive experienced small ones like this that stay small for weeks.

  • aquabotanicae
    January 6, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Originally Posted by DutchMuch
    def looks like japonica or dwarf sag of some sort. But my money is on the japonica shoots. Ive experienced small ones like this that stay small for weeks.


    Iím really curious to see what they become.

    If B. japonica, could they have just hybernated under soil for months to only come out now?

  • DutchMuch
    January 6, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Originally Posted by aquabotanicae
    Iím really curious to see what they become.

    If B. japonica, could they have just hybernated under soil for months to only come out now?
    That i dont know, possibly, but im not sure on it.

    Since japonica has a tiny little "rhizome" like a crypt does, it is entirely possible.

  • aquabotanicae
    January 7, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Originally Posted by DutchMuch
    That i dont know, possibly, but im not sure on it.



    Since japonica has a tiny little "rhizome" like a crypt does, it is entirely possible.

    Letís see what these plantlets will become. [emoji4]

  • aquabotanicae
    January 8, 2019 at 12:30 pm



    Ever since I first saw Ludwigia sphaerocarpa in one of Tom Barrís (@plantbrain) tanks, Iíve been searching for it. Finally found a couple of stems from Liquid Creations (@Bartohog).

    As it happens when you have only one tank and limited space, but you have to make space for another favorite plant, it involved minor rescaping. [emoji4]

  • DutchMuch
    January 8, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Originally Posted by aquabotanicae


    Ever since I first saw Ludwigia sphaerocarpa in one of Tom Barrís (@plantbrain) tanks, Iíve been searching for it. Finally found a couple of stems from Liquid Creations (@Bartohog).

    As it happens when you have only one tank and limited space, but you have to make space for another favorite plant, it involved minor rescaping. [emoji4]
    can i be first on your list to buy this?



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