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Dutchagumi !

I have been hearing a few members encouraging people to do a detailed journal of their tank builds, so here is the start of my 34 gallon "Dutchagumi". I came up with that name because a couple people have said my aquarium looks kinda, sorta like a Iwagumi with a smattering of Dutch influence . It all began last October 7th, so fast forward 9 months & I am still trying to get it to the point where I am really happy with it. I really wanted to go with an Iwagumi style, but couldn't find the right equipment to do so. I used to live in a big city, but now I'm in a small town, where it is sometimes very challenging to find just the right plant , fish, or piece of equipment. Thank goodness for Amazon.ca !
I found this Fluval Fresh 34 gallon kit, originally online at a retailer in Vancouver, however it was out of stock, so I had to order it directly from Hagen in Montreal. It arrived in a timely fashion, and included a rimless 34 gallon tank, with a very sturdy stand ( some assembly required !) It's a drilled tank, with a Fluval 206 canister filter a Fluval Plant and Fresh 2.0 LED canopy, and a Fluval 88gm pressurized C02 kit.
I can not begin to describe how difficult it was to put the stand together ! It came with a parts list, but no instructions, and after a extensive internet search I was unable to find anything useful, with the exception of a short video in Spanish about "unboxing" . After several hours, and a lot of muttering from my hubby, it all went together ! I ordered a lot of Tropica 1-2 grow plants online, and used the Tropica Inspiration page to give me an idea of plant layouts, but I kinda drifted off in a couple directions, and my tank has evolved (mutated really) into something I am pretty happy with overall. I have gained a lot of valuable information from this forum, and I appreciate all the advice and tips many of you have offered along the way. I will continue to add more pix, as I find them. Thanks for looking !
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Love the title Eh! Looking forward to seeing the progress.

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Love the title Eh! Looking forward to seeing the progress.

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Thanks ! It's been fun so far, but I wish I had started the journal last October when I set up the tank. It's a good thing I kept copious notes & photos 😉

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@Deedledee I highly recommend Aquarium Note if you are running android on your phone. It is a superior app.. no lie. Lovely journaling for sure.
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Thanks, that's a cool app. I will have to read the instructions!

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I have been hearing a few members encouraging people to do a detailed journal of their tank builds, so here is the start of my 34 gallon "Dutchagumi". I came up with that name because a couple people have said my aquarium looks kinda, sorta like a Iwagumi with a smattering of Dutch influence . It all began last October 7th, so fast forward 9 months & I am still trying to get it to the point where I am really happy with it. I really wanted to go with an Iwagumi style, but couldn't find the right equipment to do so. I used to live in a big city, but now I'm in a small town, where it is sometimes very challenging to find just the right plant , fish, or piece of equipment. Thank goodness for Amazon.ca !
I found this Fluval Fresh 34 gallon kit, originally online at a retailer in Vancouver, however it was out of stock, so I had to order it directly from Hagen in Montreal. It arrived in a timely fashion, and included a rimless 34 gallon tank, with a very sturdy stand ( some assembly required !) It's a drilled tank, with a Fluval 206 canister filter a Fluval Plant and Fresh 2.0 LED canopy, and a Fluval 88gm pressurized C02 kit.
I can not begin to describe how difficult it was to put the stand together ! It came with a parts list, but no instructions, and after a extensive internet search I was unable to find anything useful, with the exception of a short video in Spanish about "unboxing" . After several hours, and a lot of muttering from my hubby, it all went together ! I ordered a lot of Tropica 1-2 grow plants online, and used the Tropica Inspiration page to give me an idea of plant layouts, but I kinda drifted off in a couple directions, and my tank has evolved (mutated really) into something I am pretty happy with overall. I have gained a lot of valuable information from this forum, and I appreciate all the advice and tips many of you have offered along the way. I will continue to add more pix, as I find them. Thanks for looking !
When I decided to do a fresh water planted aquarium, I didn't have much experience keeping live plants. I have had an aquarium of some kind my entire life since I was a kid. Most recently prior to this one ,I kept only saltwater tanks. I started keeping marine fish in the mid 80's and have kept a couple mini reefs. I was always convinced nothing could compare with the beauty of a well maintained reef tank until I stumbled onto this site last year. So I decided to set up my first planted tank 9 months ago. I gained a lot of inspiration from many outstanding aquariums here on TPT. I was a bit overwhelmed by some of the technical details, but decided to jump right in ! I filled the 34 gallon with Seachem Flourite 45 lbs of the black, and 2o lbs of the Flourite sand underneath. I placed 24 Seachem root tabs in the substrate ( no, I don't work for Seachem) and started planting! I started with:

Heteranthera
Echinodorus Vesuvius
Cryptocoryne willisii
Ranunculus
Potamageton gayi
Pogostemon Helferi
Bacopa Caroliniana
Staurogyne repens
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Hydrocotyl tripartita
Anubias barteri/ nana
Vesicularia montagnei
Micranthemum "Monte Carlo"





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Love your hardscape and placement sir. Hits the rule of thirds points perfectly. Looking forward to seeing it grown out. Well done.
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Love your hardscape and placement sir. Hits the rule of thirds points perfectly. Looking forward to seeing it grown out. Well done.
Thank you sir ! You may call me Madam , lol . Most of my scape has disappeared into the jungle I'm afraid! A mega pruning is in order soon. More to come....

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Thank you sir ! You may call me Madam , lol . Most of my scape has disappeared into the jungle I'm afraid! A mega pruning is in order soon. More to come....

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Laugh sorry well that must be your hired help in the picture up top.
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Hmmm, I uploaded a picture. Does it not appear?

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I was speaking of the one with all the parts in front of the fireplace. If that's you then you've got some short hair. You don't have an avatar picture that I can see if that's what you mean.
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I was speaking of the one with all the parts in front of the fireplace. If that's you then you've got some short hair. You don't have an avatar picture that I can see if that's what you mean.
Oh ya, that's my husband. I wonder what happened to my avatar ? It shows up on my profile pix, so ?

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So I just downloaded this app. I like it. May take a while to figure it out, but I like the way it simplifies things 👍

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