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aquabotanicae 03-11-2018 01:48 PM

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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.

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The Substrate

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

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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

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really pretty :D

aquabotanicae 04-16-2018 10:23 AM

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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

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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

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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

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Wow! That is a spectacular aquascape!

aquabotanicae 04-16-2018 07:18 PM

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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

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My lights make Bacopa blush...

DutchMuch 04-25-2018 01:19 PM

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We need an FTS tho.....

aquabotanicae 04-25-2018 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by DutchMuch (Post 977913)
We need an FTS tho.....



Soon. After a major trim recently, the plants are growing back.

aquabotanicae 04-26-2018 08:17 PM

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Pineapple fields [emoji531][emoji271][emoji263]

DutchMuch 04-27-2018 05:51 AM

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Wow that's a good caption for that photo (pineapple fields)

aquabotanicae 05-07-2018 08:38 PM

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FTS, 5-months old.

DutchMuch 05-08-2018 06:10 AM

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Super nice!
Whats the red plant bottom left, AR?

aquabotanicae 05-08-2018 07:56 AM

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Originally Posted by DutchMuch (Post 980289)
Super nice!
Whats the red plant bottom left, AR?



Yes, the ‘Mini’ cultivar of AR.

DutchMuch 05-08-2018 08:07 AM

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Thank you for the prompt response!

by any chance could you make a plant list? i saw your equipment list and i was like "what where's the plants?!" lol

aquabotanicae 05-08-2018 11:11 AM

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Plants listed from left to right.

Background:
- Rotala macrandra “Variegated“
- Bacopa caroliniana
- Rotala macrandra “Mini butterfly“
- Ludwigia palustris
- Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata “Cuba” (was sold as Ludwigia “White”, but I learned that it’s not a true cultivar)
- Rotala rotundifolia

Midground:
- Pogostemon helferi
- Alternanthera reineckii “Mini”
- Blyxa japonica
- Cryptocoryne nurii “Rosen maiden”
- Staurogyne repens
- Lobelia cardinalis
- Hygrophila araguaia

Foreground:
- Hemianthus callictroides “Cuba”

DutchMuch 05-08-2018 11:24 AM

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Thank you very very much!

aquabotanicae 05-23-2018 04:22 PM

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Cryptocoryne nurii 'Rosen Maiden'.

https://preview.ibb.co/hGgnfo/IMG_3259.jpg

aquabotanicae 12-20-2018 05:06 PM

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The tank as it looks today.

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Coolyokeluke 12-26-2018 06:26 PM

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Originally Posted by aquabotanicae (Post 993407)

It's stunning

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aquabotanicae 12-27-2018 05:50 AM

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Thanks. It’s finally starting to look like the scape that I have in mind.

aquabotanicae 01-06-2019 05:44 PM

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I’m 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.

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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 01-06-2019 06:07 PM

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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 01-06-2019 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by DutchMuch (Post 993945)
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.



I’m 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 01-06-2019 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by aquabotanicae (Post 993949)
I’m 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 01-07-2019 12:09 PM

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Originally Posted by DutchMuch (Post 993951)
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.


Let’s see what these plantlets will become. [emoji4]

aquabotanicae 01-08-2019 08:30 AM

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Ever since I first saw Ludwigia sphaerocarpa in one of Tom Barr’s (@plantbrain) tanks, I’ve 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 01-08-2019 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by aquabotanicae (Post 994007)
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Ever since I first saw Ludwigia sphaerocarpa in one of Tom Barr’s (@plantbrain) tanks, I’ve 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? :cool:

aquabotanicae 01-08-2019 04:33 PM

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Sure. [emoji4]

aquabotanicae 01-20-2019 10:50 AM

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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.

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aquabotanicae 02-12-2019 06:44 PM

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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 02-13-2019 05:21 PM

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Beautiful tank. Beautiful colors.

aquabotanicae 02-16-2019 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Daniil (Post 995373)
Beautiful tank. Beautiful colors.



Thanks Daniil.


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aquabotanicae 03-02-2019 02:43 PM

40B Dutch
 
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?

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aquabotanicae 04-04-2019 10:17 AM

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

DutchMuch 04-04-2019 02:20 PM

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insanely awesome

aquabotanicae 04-04-2019 06:03 PM

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Originally Posted by DutchMuch (Post 996693)
insanely awesome


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


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