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aquabotanicae 03-11-2018 01:48 PM

40B Dutch
 
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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

https://preview.ibb.co/hYs6Ac/IMG_5438.jpg

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.

https://preview.ibb.co/c0deVc/IMG_5439.jpg

The Substrate

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

https://preview.ibb.co/i4gDOx/IMG_5440.jpg

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.

https://preview.ibb.co/c0kZVc/IMG_5442.jpg

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.

https://preview.ibb.co/jAAZVc/IMG_5443.jpg

DutchMuch 03-11-2018 03:27 PM

Re: 40B Dutch
 
really pretty :D

aquabotanicae 04-16-2018 10:23 AM

40B Dutch
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DutchMuch (Post 969449)
really pretty [emoji3]



Thanks. I know you in this forum as a RAOK guy. [emoji4]

aquabotanicae 04-16-2018 10:33 AM

40B Dutch
 
Week 18

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DutchMuch 04-16-2018 11:48 AM

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Gosh it looks stunning, my 40b dutch dirted has JUST now after months taken a turn for the permanent better. Hope mine turns out as good looking as yours in the long run :)
If i may ask, whats that large bushy plant left mid center?

aquabotanicae 04-16-2018 12:48 PM

Re: 40B Dutch
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DutchMuch (Post 975665)
Gosh it looks stunning, my 40b dutch dirted has JUST now after months taken a turn for the permanent better. Hope mine turns out as good looking as yours in the long run :)
If i may ask, whats that large bushy plant left mid center?

Blyxa japonica. Needs trimming. Let me know if you need a few stems.

DutchMuch 04-16-2018 01:07 PM

Re: 40B Dutch
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by aquabotanicae (Post 975705)
Blyxa japonica. Needs trimming. Let me know if you need a few stems.

Sent a pm. :)

hoppycalif 04-16-2018 06:33 PM

Re: 40B Dutch
 
Wow! That is a spectacular aquascape!

aquabotanicae 04-16-2018 07:18 PM

Re: 40B Dutch
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hoppycalif (Post 975825)
Wow! That is a spectacular aquascape!



Thanks hoppy. Still trying to shape the plants into better Dutch “street “ looks. We’ll see where this goes. [emoji4]

aquabotanicae 04-25-2018 12:40 PM

40B Dutch
 
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My lights make Bacopa blush...


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