If you have been on the board long enough, you probably know I have had a bunch of high tech fails. I have had great success with low tech, even growing a dense HC carpet without CO2 or crazy lighting/ferts that made it hard to deal with. I have had so many low tech tanks where I maybe cleaned the inside glass once or twice a year, the outside glass actually had more issue from water. However, my first high tech worked out very well, the only one, and I was amazed by how fun it is, though it requires a lot more work.
I am trying to do a mini dutch again. I learned a lot with a 24 inch tank, even without great progress. It's really more challenging than it would seem to even acquire enough plants that fit this size tank. Very similar to a nano, one plant can throw it off. 6 more inches makes a huge difference 12 more would be easier. I do find the 60P to be a challenging size for me, natural or stems only but I have now learned that I can't have anything with big leaves to get a good scale. Even the A.R. I have is too big, L. aromatica is too big. Basically, it's going to have to be Rotala sized leaves. Luckily, I have a local supply of amazing plants between Albany Aquarium and Aqua Forest Aquarium and just can't get caught up when I see an amazing plant that is slightly too big. The only downside of Aqua Forest Aquarium is they have many rarer species and without taking notes, you forget what you have.
To start, my light isn't bright enough, 36in Current Sat+. I don't know when this will be upgraded, I have some more important things to upgrade in my 900 other hobbies. Secondly, I personally don't think this will look good for a few months, the plants I am using in this tank size really have to be placed and trimmed well so this is just a start. Because I can, I am super over filtering this tank, an Ehiem 2234 and an Ehiem 2215 (with a 2217 impeller). I got rid of a 12 long and the light and filter were left over so I just went ahead and used them.
Tank: ADA 60P
Lighting: Current Sat + (to be upgraded)
Filtration: Ehiem 2234/Ehiem 2215
C02: Single Stage "Weed" setup I got for free with upgraded Fabco needle valve
Substrate: ADA Aqua Soil
Ferts: Dry (EI dosing)
That said, I know my light isn't strong enough and I am debating a few options. I can already see that plants only acquired 4 days ago are loosing color but others that I thought would not color up (L. repens) have more color than I thought at low height (hard to see in pics)
Tank is hardly impressive right now, it looks likes stems just placed arbitrarily but I hope with some timing and additions it will grow into something more lush. I really just wanted to start a journal because it inspires me when I get feedback to really keep going, especially when things aren't going well and take work. It just looks like stems in a tank right now.