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Old 10-06-2013, 06:16 AM   #16
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just great!

thanks,
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:55 AM   #17
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thanks for the kind comments.

actually, i'm not sure what to do next with it. some have suggested i pull out some of the dwarf hg so the line across the front isn't so straight. also thinking of pulling out the colarata (back right) and replacing it with macrandra or some other rotala (mini buffer fly is very nice).
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:00 AM   #18
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Most impressive!
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:35 AM   #19
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so colorful!

what do you dose to bring out the red?
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:14 AM   #20
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To bring out the red I dose liquid fe fertz and k with added iron (called k essence i think).

I've tried Seachem iron, Easy Life Ferro and Borneo Wild Vivid and they are all very similar in producing red colouration. Borneo wild 'fe Red' capsules give a good burst for a few weeks.

Next I want to try dry fertz, but I still have a bit of the liquid to get through.
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:58 PM   #21
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To bring out the red I dose liquid fe fertz and k with added iron (called k essence i think).

I've tried Seachem iron, Easy Life Ferro and Borneo Wild Vivid and they are all very similar in producing red colouration. Borneo wild 'fe Red' capsules give a good burst for a few weeks.

Next I want to try dry fertz, but I still have a bit of the liquid to get through.
could you possibly post a link to the exact products you use?
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:59 PM   #22
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:13 PM   #23
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That doesn't look at all Dutch to me. It looks old-school Amano style; and very well done at that. I love it! Could you give us a straight-on full tank shot?
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:46 PM   #24
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That doesn't look at all Dutch to me. It looks old-school Amano style; and very well done at that. I love it! Could you give us a straight-on full tank shot?
ok, that's interesting. i never had a style in mind, i only call it dutch-like cause that's what other have called it. after just reading the dutch 'rules' i see my tank breaks just about all of them. oh well.

I'll take a FTS tonight (7:45am atm)

My fertz are purchased here in Australia (and some on holiday in Asia).

These two are good for reds:

http://www.easylife.nl/en/freshwater...utrition/ferro

http://www.borneowild.com/prod_v.php...c=7&p=31&stxt=

and the capsules:

http://www.borneowild.com/prod_v.php...=13&p=50&stxt=
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:41 AM   #25
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Wow. I'm impressed... and inspired. Very nice work.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:13 PM   #26
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FTS taken tonight, 4 days since a light trim

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Old 10-08-2013, 02:23 PM   #27
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That is one beautiful aquarium. I would be proud to have that in my home or office. I like how you've mixed the different shades of green and red/brown. It's really nice. My only nitpick is the moss. The erect growth habit blocks the view of the plants behind it and spoils the overall flow of the wood a bit. It's a minor thing though in the grand scheme.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:53 AM   #28
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Thanks a lot phil!

The flame moss is a bit problematic. It has a little bba, so I dosed it with H202. Now the bba is a fluffy white/grey and stands out more! I should trim it down. Nana petite would look good on the dw too, but finding it will be very difficult.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:43 AM   #29
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Looks amazing!!!

I had a question about the setup though.

I notice that the logs you have are sitting atop a mound of what i would presume to be a super rich fertilizer, then around the edges you have the lighter brown sand. The sand would technically be 'leaner' right? This would limit the growth of those plants to a shorter length, but eventually fill in a lot better right?
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:44 AM   #30
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First I placed in some medium sized boring rocking rocks. The dw is wedge between them. Then I poured in aqua soil (not touching the sides). Then inert sand capped the top. All planting when through sand to reach the aqua soil (makes for very easy planting). At the very front, where there's very little aqua soil under the sand, I pushed in some iron capsules (3 capsules across the front). The growth rate of those plants with little aqua soil underneath has definitely been slower, but due to trimming they've caught up now.
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