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Dutch style has long done this.

Some groups I do that, most I do not or they do not need/require that.
Ok. Thats what I do for my 45 gal, such a pain. Your plant leaves all the way to the bottom are so healthy, so I thought to ask. Also Im sure the angle at with the light is coming hits the bottom plants as well.

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I'm seeing two different colors of substrate granules. Are the lighter ones the older stuff or is it all new and it just came in like that?

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How about a trimming / pruning session video for the various plant types you have ? I'd love to add something like that to this Dutch How-To thread I started...I know lots of folks really question these techniques & I believe it can make / break an aquatic garden.

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Stumps for sale?

Have an empty 95gal rimless, needs hardscape - how would I purchase stumps like those?

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I'm seeing two different colors of substrate granules. Are the lighter ones the older stuff or is it all new and it just came in like that?
Yep.

Different batch I suspect.

Generally they will make say 2-3 tons, then sell that. then place another order etc. There will be slight color differences.

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Ok. Thats what I do for my 45 gal, such a pain. Your plant leaves all the way to the bottom are so healthy, so I thought to ask. Also Im sure the angle at with the light is coming hits the bottom plants as well.
It's a PITA for me as well, but I rather enjoy it sometimes.
So I chose a mix of plants, some that get the hedge style trim, others that require the uproot and replant the top's method(but I limit this to only plants I really like etc).

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How about a trimming / pruning session video for the various plant types you have ? I'd love to add something like that to this Dutch How-To thread I started...I know lots of folks really question these techniques & I believe it can make / break an aquatic garden.

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Come on over and shoot the video.

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Have an empty 95gal rimless, needs hardscape - how would I purchase stumps like those?

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You can use a variety of materials, rocks can even work well.
I sell driftwood, quite a lot. You can see it on my web site.

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Very beautiful and I can see how the tank would be impressive by the hardscape alone. I might have to do something similiar in a med light version as I happnt to have a couple nice stumps! Right now I have higher light to grow my plants.

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Come on over and shoot the video.
Next time I'm in CA maybe ...I saw your nice cardinals video so I figured your could throw that thing on a tripod and share some of that trimming knowledge/techniques...I know time is everything though....thanks anyway
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Looks amazing Tom.

Looking forward to see those blood vomit fill in.

What happend to the other erios? They where the most visually striking plants in the old scape imho.

How about putting some of those Bucephalandras in your other tank to good use and give them spot in this one
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Looks amazing Tom.

Looking forward to see those blood vomit fill in.

What happend to the other erios? They where the most visually striking plants in the old scape imho.

How about putting some of those Bucephalandras in your other tank to good use and give them spot in this one
The other erios tend to flower after 1 year or so, they get huge and nice, but..........flowering kills them and the look it seems. They are a nice darker green than many other erios also.

Buce's have their own tank, so that's not a good idea to change for this tank.
I have mini pellia and darker mossy colors already. I tried it last year, did not like it, same with the White Anubias(they looked better than the Buce's). They just do much better in the other tank over time.

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Added the nice Erio compressum I got from Aaron.
This was troubling because they are not easy to scape with.

I found a good location and had to redo a little bit of the design, but it's a nice fit and a nice dramatic plant.

Not easy to plant, extremely buoyant.

I got mad at the Elatine hydropiper. Removed it and put a smaller patch on the far left corner instead. As I removed it, I noticed it had really grown in very well.
Still, it did not grow at the same rate the other plants around it were.
I think very very high light and finer sediment would help. Smaller shallower tanks.

I added the UG back into that location.
It's easy.

Added the S uruapes to the side section and the L senegalnesis also. Removed the Rotala green. Nice easy plant, but I wanted to keep certain species. Drilled holes into the wood in various spots to stuff more Mini pellia into.

Will get pics up later tonight.

And what the tank looks like after uprooting EH

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This is what the tank looked like after uprooting the EH, Cuphea and UG




Nice eh?

So when I folks whine about why the water is a little hazy, well, frankly they HAVE NO IDEA.

A day later it looks like this:

















The Erio compressum is a good fit in this location.


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cant express how much I love this tank right now...great job!
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