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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I started my 12 Gallon Long as an Iwagumi setup, because I loved the simplicity and elegance of the aquascape.

Here are several shots of the tank as it grew in.

January 2013

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

However through the course of scaping my 12 Gallon I couldn't resist buying a new plant on a weekly basis. (An addiction I'm sure many of you on APC also have a problem with).

I started IE Dosing along with my Seachem Products and my plants were growing uncontrollably. It kinda looked like a messy jungle and no longer had the clean look of an Iwagumi tank.

So I had the itch a month ago to go full dutch on the tank. Which suits my plant purchasing style. =)

Here's a quick run down of my setup.

12 Gallon Long - Mr. Aqua
Oddysea T5HO - 39W light - 1x6700 bulb and 10K bulb
EHeim 2213 Canister with DIY spray bar that extends the length of the tank, to avoid dead spots.
2 xDIY CO2 (Don't judge me, it works great for me :icon_lol:) with a the line feeding into a drill holed in the output pipe. Works like a reactor since the spray bar is so long it gives the CO2 time to mix with the water.
Hydro in line Heater

The dimensions of the 12 gallon long are 35.4L x 8.3W x 9.4H, which small and not ideal for a dutch aquarium. Which is probably why after going through over 70 pages of the 12 Gallon long club I didnt see one single attempt at a 12G dutch.

However there are so many mini versions of plants around I figure it would just take a bit of research to find the right plants to create the same illusion of a 125G dutch aquarium (I enjoyed this part)

I want to achieve this look or get possibly very close to it.

Not my photo, wish it was =)

I had my work cut out for me since Dutch Aquariums require so many plants to give it that full and lush look. So in the pass 2 months I've been buying plants from every where and everyone.

Local auctions, Aquabid, TPT, ebay, craigslist, even Viet Wah (which is a local asian grocery store).
**Mini plug to Sean and Han for supplying my with great looking plants.

Two months later here's my species list:
  • Alternanthera reineckii mini
  • Ammania Gracilis
  • Anubias nana
  • Bacopa
  • Blyxa
  • Cabomba
  • Cardamine
  • Chain swords
  • Crypt wendtii
  • Dwarf Sag
  • Downoi
  • Elatine Trianda
  • Eriocaulon Cinereum
  • Fissidens
  • Glosso
  • guppy grass
  • HC - Dwarf Baby Tears
  • hornwort
  • Hydrocotyle SP Japan
  • Hydrocotyle Verticillata
  • Java fern
  • Lace Java Fern
  • ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'pantanal'
  • Limnophila Aromatica wavy
  • Loebalia Cardinalis Dwarf
  • Ludwigia Acruata x repens
  • Ludwigia sp Red
  • ludwigia senegalensis
  • Marsilea Minutia
  • Micranthium Umbrosum
  • Micro Swords
  • Mosses[censored]
  • Needle Leaf Ludwigia
  • Pellia
  • Pennywort
  • ranunculus inundatus
  • Riccia
  • Rotala Indica
  • Rotala Indica True - Ammania Bonsai
  • Rotala Wallichii
  • Star Grass
  • Staurogyne repens
  • Subwasertang
  • Tiger Lilly
  • Trident Java fern
  • Utricularia graminifolia
  • Water Wysteria

Not all of them made it into the tank of course.
Im still in search of Rotala pearl mini type 1

The tank is about 97% planted now and today I received my center piece plant from sjb1987 (Sean). Eriocaulon Cinereum

Freshly planted.

I'll post more photos and eventually a full tank shot once I can get the Rotala Mini Type I planted.

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So do you now find Iwagumi to be freaking boring to hell and back?

Does the new layout keep your eyes longer on itself?

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
I still love some iwagumi setups but I have no self control when it comes to limiting a tank to Blyxa or HC or just DHG.

I think I may have stood in front of the tank for a good hr thinking about textures vs color contrast, height, and light requirements.

The thing I'm trying to avoid is a messy jungle where all the plants kinda bleed into each other and you cannot tell where one starts and where the other ends.

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But in a Dutch tank

In de beperking toont zich de meester (something as: less is more)
Rood slaat dood (something as: Red makes dead)

A rule, not a law, is 1 plant for each 10cm frontglass., and of course, think about the Golden ratio

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As trick:


Tank 120x50 (cm)

120/2.618= 45.8 put a vertical line from left and right at this number
60/2.618= 19 put a horizontal line from top and bottom at this number



Then you have 4 points , which are stong points. Put on 2 strong points something (plant, wood etc).

But it is a trick. Search and you'll find many examples (art, photo's, nature) how this is.

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·

Heres the layout:
1. Rotala Indica - rotundifolia
2. Ammania Gracilis
3. Crypt wendtii
4. Loebalia Cardinalis Dwarf
5. Bacopa
6. Downoi
7. Blyxa
8. ludwigia senegalensis
9. Alternanthera reineckii mini
10. Staurogyne repens
11. Hydrocotyle SP Japan
12. Hydrocotyle Verticillata under 11
14. HC - Dwarf Baby Tears
15. Marsilea Minutia
16. ranunculus inundatus
17. Ludwigia sp Red
18. Rotala Wallichii
19. Tiger Lilly
20. Limnophila Aromatica wavy
21. ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'pantanal'
22. Eriocaulon Cinereum
23. Rotala Indica True - Ammania Bonsai
24. Ludwigia Acruata x repens

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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Things were getting a bit weedy so I did trim on the reineckii, ranunculus, rotala vietnam, staurogyne repens, and ludwgia red.

The tonnina Belem has been sprouting tons of new shoots as well and I clipped off a bunch of plantlets and replanted them

I did add a few plants from a recent trade and auction.

1. Lindernia Rotundifolio - I love how these leave look like little melon balls
2. Erio Parkeri

I also pulled the S. repens from the front of the reineckii and stuck in some UG to get some contrasting leaf structures.

I did notice some problems while trying to soften the water up for the erios, the ludwigia red and one of the reineckii stems began to show some Ca deficiency.
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