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Old 11-22-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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120 Gallon Dutch color contrast version 3.0


This is the 3rd aquascape I've done with this tank.


This is the 3 rd water change to reduce the mud dust that is ADA Aqua soil.




The wood I chose was more stumpy like.



the idea is to use the sloping areas between the roots to plant, similar to the older version of the tank I'd recently done. Red/green/red/green contrast etc.
I want to stick with the vivid color scheme and change out a few species, keep a few goodies but oldies.

I want to move towards less uprooting and shorter more prostrate plants.
the wood also slows the flow down a bit more and gives me a better flow pattern.

So later that day:




I decided to change a few things and I'm not done yet:


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Old 11-22-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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wow love the scape , perfect driftwood
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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Looks like another masterpiece in the works.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:20 PM   #4
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Day one, already looks great! Tom, what type of wood is that?
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:45 PM   #5
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Man those stumps are nice!
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:46 PM   #6
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Looks great!
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:50 PM   #7
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OCD...

Looks awesome!!! Looked awesome the last couple of times. You need to publish you masterpieces in a book.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:21 PM   #8
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Day one, already looks great! Tom, what type of wood is that?
Manzy, but I got it from serpentine soil at lower elevation.
The UG has grown in at a rapid pace. I suspect i's the new ADA AS leach NH4.
Faster than the past times I replanted it. Maybe 2-3x as fast.

I'm down to 2x a week water changes now. Fish are doing well.
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:33 PM   #9
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Lovely as always Tom.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:08 AM   #10
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I switched the Red Ludwigia and the H araguaia around, the Hygro will purple up nicer as it roots and gets growing nicely.
I also switched the UG and the Elatine hydropiper. The EH is growing well, I had a chance to uproot and look at the section when I moved it. Same is true for the UG, both have done very well this last few weeks.
Also had a chance to go through both and make sure I got all the bladderwort. Stuff comes in on some plants and then it's a PITA to get rid of it.

I have a green and a green in the front, but..the Blood vomit is both red and green. I'm leaving it for now, I'll see if I might add another row if/when I change my mind once again.
I'm okay with most of the other placements, but I can rearrange any of the ideas I have right now fairly easily for those.

The main issue is the Blood vomit, Hygro arag sections, they are very mellow. They keep the eye away from the middle front lower sections and around the outside perimeter.
Once both groups grow out some, Blood vomits are really smaller than I thought, I'll evaluate. I'm pondering a dwarf indian red sword at the top of the blood vomit row, but.........it'll get too big.
I can put the Hygro in the back left corner like before, it'll look as good if not better than the Metallic affinis Crypt. But I'll need to find a decent replacement. Not much out there that fits the bill in my taste for color and leaf shape.














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Old 12-19-2013, 03:46 AM   #11
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E. hydropiper is growing in after much replanting, the top sloped part is still getting uprooted by the elephant noses and shrimp. The soil is new and is lighter up in that section.






Blood vomits are doing well, and time to split a few already.


I need to find a better home of the S. uraupes and lago grade.
I'll likely switch the UG with them and then move them back somewheres.

A few other minor changes I suppose.

E hydropiper is a PITA to get a larger decent rug if you have fish.
I have ample Belem grass and Monte carlo as well as HC if need be.
It grows, but fish go after it. It roots deeper than HC etc also, so it's weird to me.

Speaking of which, I now have 100 Rasbora kubotai green neon.
Very nice fish, does not leap to it's death, but does not contrast well in this tank, so it might end up over in the 70 Gallon Buce tank. Nice fish though.

I drilled some more holes in the wood and will add some more Mini pellia in those spots.
The tops of the wood are coming along well with this liverwort.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:47 AM   #12
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Wow, the color arrangement is amazing!
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:10 PM   #13
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I like this version a lot more than the last. Very well done!
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So you trim the bottom of all the plants and plant them back? Thats such a pain, how long does it take you?
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So you trim the bottom of all the plants and plant them back? Thats such a pain, how long does it take you?
Dutch style has long done this.

Some groups I do that, most I do not or they do not need/require that.
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