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I think it looks better with the black background too.
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I think the idea of a dutch is that you want the contrast.
Yeah, I know. I just felt like my eye was getting stuck on that ludwigia. My intention was to use darker plants as the majority (reds, darker greens) and use bright greens (water sprite, wisteria) as focal points. Right now, I feel like the ludwigia is popping more than I'd like because of it's giant leaves.

I think I'm just finicky about wide leaf plants. I feel like they look fake.
Ah well, that ludwigia isn't going anywhere. This tank has a long way to go yet, not even close to being able to form some bushes. I hope as things fill out I will become more satisfied with it.

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Haha, I'm sure you are.

I understand what you mean with the red ludwigia. Your eye stops there as it travels across the tank. I think the height difference of the plants might be causing the issue. Once all the plants grow in I would try and trim it so you have gradual lines/slopes.
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Oh yeah, I fully intend on keeping it well trimmed. I'm just letting them grow out right now, for the most part. I've trimmed a little here and there. I'm not quite sure yet how to trim cabomba...if you snip the tops off, they lose their cool looking tops. I was literally just searching for guides on how to sculpt the plants to conform to dutch style. I can't seem to find much about it.

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OMG You just gave me an idea. Time to get my hands wet!

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Oh yeah, I fully intend on keeping it well trimmed. I'm just letting them grow out right now, for the most part. I've trimmed a little here and there. I'm not quite sure yet how to trim cabomba...if you snip the tops off, they lose their cool looking tops. I was literally just searching for guides on how to sculpt the plants to conform to dutch style. I can't seem to find much about it.
I believe you should be able to trim and replant just the top (throw away the bottom). This way you aren't losing the better looking part.

http://www.nbat.nl/ has some good information.
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Ahaha, that's not english. Google translate time...

BTW I just rescaped the entire tank. It's all your fault. What you said about the height of the plants got me inspired! Decided to go ahead and trim. Then I went crazy with the tongs. Cabomba on the right is gonna look sweet when it fills in.

*bad pic removed, see first post

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Nice job! I think it's an improvement for sure
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Thanks Gonna do more tomorrow. For now I'll stop freaking out my fish, poor things.

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Hey guys! I put a bunch of new pics in. Also, am I supposed to chop the leaves off this stuff to get it to grow it's submersed leaves, or somesuch thing?


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Crazy Cabomba! I pulled it out to float because it was taking over the entire right side of my tank! Does anyone want some of this stuff?




Finally able to plant the Red Ammannia- I was floating it before as seen in other pics. I needed this stuff to pink up (turns pink/red in good light) and grow some roots because it's very floaty and has GIANT stems. Like a quarter inch thick stems! Look at those things!




So I planted it where the crazy cabomba was taking over. I think it looks quite nice there, and lightens up that side of the tank. I'm starting to like the right side of the tank better than the left.





Thoughts? Suggestions? I could use some tips on trimming- I'm not sure how I'm gonna trim the Wistera and the Rotala on the left. Hmm...

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I remember reading some trimming tips for a contest tank and was amazed at how hard the trim was each time. Cut those stems WAY down and they'll branch out and fill in for you. This would apply to the Rotala and cabomba. As for the wisteria (water sprite), I remove entire branches when they get too big.

Because of the rapid growth of many stem plants, I suspect you will have a hard time findng room for that big ludwegia. It is a coarse element in a tank that will be crowded with fine elements. IMO.

Good looking tank! I look forward to its evolution!

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Are you talking about the Ludwigia (as in the super dark red stuff) or are you referring to the Red Ammania (which is mostly green but starting to pink up) that is on the right side? The Ammania is the only big element in the tank, but you are correct it is bulky. It came that way, the stuff was HUGE. Kinda wish it was a bit more delicate. But ah well, I think once it pinks up it'll fade into the midground better so that Golden Lloydiella will pop up front. Know what I mean?

As for the Wistera, I don't even like where it's planted. Bleh.

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I was referring to the bulky plant in back right.

I love/hate wisteria. I like its delicate leaves but the plant gets darn big.

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Ah yeah, like I said I'm hoping that after the red ammania pinks up it will be less of an eye stopper because it won't be so bright green.

I love/hate Wisteria too!

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Very nice. I rember the Dutch style from back in the '80s. Low tech plants are good too. I think that some people try to over do things. Your tank looks like it has the right balance.
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