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
    January 8, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Sure. [emoji4]

  • aquabotanicae
    January 20, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Top down photos aren’t always clear because of the reflection of the light bulbs and ripples on the surface. However, if you can manage to get a clearer shot, the colors can look amazing! I took this top down shot of the back of the tank by moving the light all the way forward.

  • aquabotanicae
    February 12, 2019 at 10:44 pm



    Eriocaulon sp. ‘Vietnam’, one of my favorite spiky plants.

    A relatively slow grower, it does best under moderate light or in part shade. Propagate by dividing side shoots from mother plant, usually after they have developed at least 8-10 leaves of their own. At that point they will have also developed their own roots. If you divide too early, plantlets may fall apart at the base.

  • Daniil
    February 13, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Beautiful tank. Beautiful colors.

  • aquabotanicae
    February 16, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Originally Posted by Daniil
    Beautiful tank. Beautiful colors.


    Thanks Daniil.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  • aquabotanicae
    March 2, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Staurogyne sp. ‘Purple’ that I added yesterday. I love the hint of purple that it displays under proper light combinations. Apologies for the overexposed cellphone photo. It doesn’t do any justice to it’s true color.

    I planted Lloydella lysimachia ‘Aurea’ next to it, which is still converting to submersed growth. I really hope it will have yellow leaves or else I’ll have to replace it with something else.

    I know it’s a very common plant, but has anyone grown it before? What was your experience?

  • aquabotanicae
    April 4, 2019 at 2:17 pm



    Current state of the tank. Sometimes I miss some of the plants that I got rid of. [emoji4]

  • DutchMuch
    April 4, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    insanely awesome

  • aquabotanicae
    April 4, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Originally Posted by DutchMuch
    insanely awesome

    Thanks, Nate. I hope you’re settling in well in your new home. Start a new tank and journal when you can.

  • SKYE.__.HIGH
    April 14, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Originally Posted by aquabotanicae
    Thanks, Nate. I hope you’re settling in well in your new home. Start a new tank and journal when you can.


    I know right, who cares about the move. I need a new inspiring journal ( :



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