I was just looking over the various plant placements and design of this tank. It really is well done and thought out.
I would like to get an idea of the amount of time you put into it. How often do you trim the stems in this tank? Judging by the pictures, it would seem you trim them weekly, is this correct? Once you have the actual streets the size you want them, do you top the plants and replant and discard the bottoms? Seems like a lot of work. I guess I'm just trying to get an idea of the work that goes into the dutch style scape.
When I do a water change, I whack and few stems each time, but need to do something while it drains and fills. I do not change everything etc, I might trim some once a month, some not much if at all for months, others, might get a minor trim once a week, or a good trim monthly , others maybe weeks hack, but I sell the stems etc, and rotate things in/sell what's leaving.
Not sure the time, but it's not nearly what many assume it to be.
Some plants just topped, others get the uporoot and trim.
Erio type 3 grows nice and slow(uprooted and replanted), while Ludwgia red, get stopped more.
To redo a row or 2? Takes maybe 5 min.
I do not fuss with it.
Main thing is not going too far and known the plants. This tank grows all species fast and well..........so.........this just leaves the gardener's choices to do. Algae is kept at bay well due to good general care, water changes, trims, CO2/light.
Ferts really are a minor aspect, but it's the 80% of the questions I get, which to me is troubling...........since folks are not asking the right questions.
The journal is good for you to see it's not just magic etc.....you see the trimming each week in the pictures. Trim and pull up and top others.
You sort of experiment with each species and group and see what works best.
ADA's aqua journal and TFH often have trim articles and they are quite good, so look at those.
ADA spends more time on design, hardscape and trimming than most other aspects.