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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-30-2020, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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45P: Dutch...Revival?

Hey all, happy to be back in this hobby!
With everything being so hectic, I needed something that will be a relaxing presence in my life.
I will keep this journal up to date full of new posts/pictures documenting my journey.
Feel free to extend any advice or questions you have. Please Enjoy!



Tank: ADA Cube Garden 45-P Aquarium (Ultra High Clarity Glass) w/ ADA Garden Mat
Lighting: Twinstar LED Light (E-Series Vr. II) with "Acrylic" fixed leg design - 450EC w/ inline dimmer
Heater: Archaea Mini Aquarium Heater (50W) Ultra Slim; Finnex Heater Controller
Filter: Ultum Nature Systems DELTA 60 Aquarium Canister Filter w/ Coarse Sponge, Purigen, and Bio Balls; Stainless Jet Outlet and Surface Skimmer Inflow
CO2: GLA MINI-DS Aquarium CO2 Regulator (Dual Stage) for Paintball Tanks; Milwaukee MC122 PH Controller; 24oz Paintball Tank; Qanvee CO2 Inline Atomizer
Substrate: Tropica Aquarium Soil - Powder Granule - 6L
Flora: Ludwigia Repens (Back Left), Limnophila Aromatica (Back Right), Rotala Hra (Center), Hemianthus Micranthemoides 'Pearl Weed' (Mid Right), Hydrocotyle Tripartita 'Japan' (Front Left), Dwarf Hairgrass 'Mini' (Front Right)
Fauna: (TBD) - Boraras brigittae, Brown Ramshorn Snails, Cherry Shrimp?
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PH w/o CO2: 7.2
PH w/ CO2: 6.2
GH: 6 dGH
KH: 3 dGH
TDS: 220 (after WC)
Temp: 74 Deg. F
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 20 - 30ppm
Photo Period: 6 hours
PAR Min: 40
PAR Max: 55


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Oct 25th 2020 - Post Trim


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Oct 25th 2020 - Pre trim

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Oct 20th 2020

Moved the Ludwigia Repens to the back left of the tank and added Hemianthus Micranthemoidesin its place.
Awaiting the arrival of stainless lily pipes and a PH controller.


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Oct 13th 2020


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Oct 6th 2020

Good growth, DHG is melting back with some diatoms.

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Oct 4th 2020

Plants adjusting well, half dose of micros, very little sign of algae.
50% water changes every other day for the first week.
Ludwigia Repens sending down roots from nodes.

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Oct 2nd 2020

Huge change, total 180 to a "Dutch" inspired layout. Hopefully, I can have more success than this tanks last iteration.

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First week before scaping - waiting for all the equipment to arrive.

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First week after scaping - hoping to achieve an "island" layout with Blyxa at the rear and everywhere you see aquasoil will have a thick mat of UG.
Really hard tank to scape due to the location, needs to look good from the front and the side at the same time... Critiques always welcome.

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First week after scaping - Front view
Plants arrive tomorrow!


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Friday 5/1 - Planting and Flooding
Waiting for the filter and RO/DI system


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Monday 5/11/20
Water change yesterday with RO/DI water
Started EI dosing and Fishless Cycle







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Looks nice... but only 3 of your pictures actually show :/


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Hardscape looks great! What room is this tank placed in, looks a bit like a kitchen counter but not quite?

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Looks nice... but only 3 of your pictures actually show :/


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Hmm, I only have three photos in the post...
It looks correct for me in desktop but, looks odd in mobile? I will look into those problems! Thanks for the kind words.

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Thank you! You are right, it is in my kitchen. The attached photo might give more context.


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Nice work, will look great! Nice kitchen too haha

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Nice work, will look great! Nice kitchen too haha

Thank you Andrew! We just remodeled the kitchen, had a little leftover in the budget for this new project

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Ah, so my spider senses weren't too far off then Cool, nice with the updated pictures. I do the same with mixing soil and sand and it's a pain to keep them separated, especially when re-planting.

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Ah, so my spider senses weren't too far off then Cool, nice with the updated pictures. I do the same with mixing soil and sand and it's a pain to keep them separated, especially when re-planting.

This is my first time experiencing this! Do you have any advice? I think I am at the point where I need to keep my big mitts out of the tank for a while for the plants to grow in. After everything roots well, I will probably take a tweezer and move the aquasoil back into place during a water change?

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This is my first time experiencing this! Do you have any advice? I think I am at the point where I need to keep my big mitts out of the tank for a while for the plants to grow in. After everything roots well, I will probably take a tweezer and move the aquasoil back into place during a water change?
Once everything is planted you can use a tweezer or a fish net to get rid of the soil particles and it should be fairly clean after that. Be careful with waterchange and filters stirring it up though. I tried to build natural barrier with wood and pebbles to keep it in check, much harder for an Iwagumi scape but perhaps something to consider.

From my log, you can see the soil in the most left part of the image, then I use sand at the front just like you do.

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Beautiful photo! Thanks for your insight, i will be sure to try that!
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Your tank (and kitchen) looks awesome! I like your plant choices. When things fill in, the scale will be amazing. Looking forward to seeing the Chili's too, when the time comes
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Hey everyone,
Drastic changes to this scape!
I couldn't fight off my algae problems long enough for my Blyxa or my UG to take off.
Hopefully, I have learned my lesson on this dutch inspired scape. Replaced all the old substrate with brand new and gave the tank a good cleaning.
Starting with a short photo period of 6 hours and cranking the CO2 (1.5 drop in PH when lights turn on). I am optimistic the large plant mass will help me hold off the algae and see some good results.
Wish me luck!
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See above for an update on the progress over the weekend. Probably silly to update so frequently but, things change quickly at the start and I find it helpful to document.
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