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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-19-2006, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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"Dutch East Passage" NEWADG75gal.open top

This is the latest creation by my brother Mike here at Gallery ADG. Drawing from his love of both Dutch and Nature Style aquascaping, plus a (perhaps subliminal) influence from the recent stunning works by the Hong Kong based Creative Aquascape Union (CAU), he composed this layout and brought it into form in just 3 short months. There are actually more fish in the tank, but being the fast moving and somewhat skiddish Danio choprae, they were reluctant to make an extended appearance during shooting.
Mike has used the complete ADA substrate and liquid fertilization system on this tank-- 1- 6 liter Power Sand SPECIAL, 4- 9 liter Aqua Soil AMAZONIA, Tourmaline BC, and Penac W and P. Green Brighty STEP 1 was used for the first 6 weeks (starting after 2 weeks) along with Brighty K. After about 6 weeks STEP 2 and Brighty K along with regular doses of ECA (full dose after water change and 1/3 dose every other day between water change) and Green Gain (full dose after water change with double dose after major trimming).


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Incredible.

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All in 3 months!!! WOW, that is a very nice scape! I really like the forground transition into the background. What type of rocks are those?
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Can we get some close-up shots?
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The rocks are from here in Texas. They sell is as "fossil rock" because it does contain a lot of shell fossils and the like. It ages really nicely.

I am working on the close ups now. I just shot the tank yesterday, so it may take me a day or two to have the additional shots ready. I'll definitely post them though.
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I am speechless.....Waouh !

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stunning! more please.

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I love it! What spectrum lights are on it though? It looks too yellow.

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breath taking. I am in aw. It is so natural.

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superb! more photos pls~
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post #12 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-20-2006, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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More photos are on the way!

The yellowish cast is in no way resulting from the bulbs but rather the general color tone of this layout, plus every image I upload to a forum seems to take on that yellowish look and I do not knoe why. The original doesn't look like that at all. Sorry for the descrepency, I always try and tweak it out, but somehow I just can't shake it. It's only on these low-res jpegs when they are uploaded.

The bulbs are a combination of ADA 8000 K HQI 150 watt, and 6700 K PCs 65 watt.
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That tank is great!! I wish mine looked that good!!

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I think this is my favorite of your tanks I've seen to date.
I'm fairly partial to Dutch style and small branches and moss in the shadows.
The layering of the high, med and lower light plants is done well.
Good plant choices also.

I think Mike is kicking you a bit Jeff

It's not easy mixing rock, wood and nice groups all together.
This scape does achieve that. A few minor layering trim issues with 203 groups would be the only negatives I could find if I were a judge.

Enter that puppy and make the 2-3 groups more uniform and even and that would be a wrap.

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It is really stunning.The tank is just so pleasing to the eyes. Love the colour tone as well as the entire layout of the tank,from foreground to background. The fishes in there sure are lucky.

-Derrick Li-

I really envy my fishes and plants,they seem to be getting so much more attention than me. Shouldn't i start pampering myself a little more?



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