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I would like to introduce my Dutch tank. It's planted in Feb. 2008 and there have been a lot of changes since my first set up.

The tank dimensions are 120x50x50cm.
Lightning: 6 18 watt T8 840 TL's and 1 30 watt 840 TL. together good for 138 watt.
I used simple sand on the bottom of the tank.
co2 30 bubbles per minute and some fertilizers (Profito, easycarbo, No3 and Po4)

Here is my first set up.


A month later


And now :D





A snap shot of my ballasts.



Comments are very welcom!!
 

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300L on a 2L DIY CO2 reactor?!?!

I'm guessing there are more than 1 2L chained together back there with the nicely arranged ballasts.

Very nice selection of plants & good looking tank!

What are the plants in pictures 3 & 4?
 

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That is Beautiful!

Are those Tiger barbs or those other barbs that look like tigers but are less agressive? (the name escapes me right now :( )
 

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Plant on picture no3 is Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba'
no 4 is a Nymphaea lotus.

The fish is a Trichogaster trichopterus sumatranus "gold" or something.
There are 4 of these in the tank and they are not agressive. there are also 20 Barbus pentazona's, 7 Corydoras pygmeaus and 2 C. siamensis.

And yes, there is only 1 2L DIY co2 reactor :D it makes about 1b/ps or 1b/2s.
I've got a Dennerle prof. co2 system but I have to refill the bottle[smilie=e:
 

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Fantastic!. What a change since the start. It look just great, I really like the plant selection and coordination in colors.
 

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time for a little update and some photo's of my fishes. the first is the master of the tank. he is the boss :D


1 of his female's


another female with the boss


1 of the C. siamensissen.
I believe this is a female. i've got 2 of them and the other has'nt got a thick belly.

a part of the group Barbus pentazona's. they always swim above the group of red plants. I'll see them anyway :D


aromatica's from above


dthe tank from an other angle.


full shot. with some reflections :(
 

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dutch style tanks are normally terraced so that the entire tank is full of plants and can be seen from the front. can normally have little to no fish and if has fish they are not normally flashy or showier but plane and don't detract from the plants. think scaped and heavily planted, well planed looking. as a pose to a natural tank that looks..... well more natural like something you could actually go find in nature as a pose to dutch style that you would find in someones backyard garden or a botanical garden.

This is what i have come to understand. I am sure someone has better description for you.
 

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dutch style tanks are normally terraced so that the entire tank is full of plants and can be seen from the front. can normally have little to no fish and if has fish they are not normally flashy or showier but plane and don't detract from the plants. think scaped and heavily planted, well planed looking. as a pose to a natural tank that looks..... well more natural like something you could actually go find in nature as a pose to dutch style that you would find in someones backyard garden or a botanical garden.

This is what i have come to understand. I am sure someone has better description for you.
I think you are almost right, the fish are very improtant. it's case that the amount of fish is rated to the size of the tank. not to much and to less!!
 

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time for a little update. did some trimming few days ago.
the stricta moved out. it wouldn't grow :(
in place of the stricta is a emerse "amania senegalensis"
it got's a few submerse leaves now as you can see on the photo.
the Glyceria maxima moved a little to the left.

 
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