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From what I can see, you have been a quick study!

Not sure how it can get much better, but I get the mind set to keep learning and improving. I've been doing that for years.

@burr740 you should drop in here.
Thanks! I also love reading and learning new stuff everyday.

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I for one am not much for Dutch gardens normally but this one is fantastic. Think the covered walls is what makes it special in my eyes, together with healthy plants and pleasing composition of course.
Thanks! Moss wall is one of the reason I love Dutch tanks.

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Great journal! Im glad you posted this tank here. looks even better than the last time I saw it on fb. You entering the aga right?
Thanks burr!
Your journal really inspired me to try Dutchstyle.
Yes, I'm thinking about entering AGA. Just to see how the judge would comment .
Actually I didn't intend to enter any contest since it's my first try. So the timing is bad. The walls are deteriorating. Both the moss and hydrocotyle are getting yellow at the base and detaching.
Also still need to get rid of at least 2 more species. Trying to make small changes without destroying the scape.

On the side note, I recently decided to switch to T5 and T8 in the farm tank.
For some reason, my mac variegated decided to grow the biggest, fattest leaves I've ever seen, coincidence?
This plant always gives me headache. It rarely stunt but the leaves are often curled and ugly.

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Damn! Wasn't expecting to see something this nice when I opened the thread. Incredible Dutch tank and plants! Well done.
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nice plants. i don't know why, but one of those tanks reminds me of a DIY conversion van my dad might have had in the early 70s...
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Stunning tank!!!

Can you please tell us what Fe ,trace mix you are using CSM+B? or DIY?
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This is stunning! You have a great eye for composition and the plants look vibrantly healthy.


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The AGA deadline is exteneded to mid-Oct this year due to covid. There's plenty of time to tweak a few things. You should definitely do it!
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Stunning tank!!!

Can you please tell us what Fe ,trace mix you are using CSM+B? or DIY?
Thanks. I use CSM+B for Fe and trace.

Bump: Checked the moss tile yesterday. They're all brown and dead underneath...

This probably due to the lack of trimming, or maybe the bad quality moss (small, chopped up pieces) that I used to make the tiles. I though they would fuse together after awhile.

Strongly suspect the later reason as this never happened before, when I use big chunks of moss.
Coral moss can grow really thick without any problems. (see image below)



Decided to remake the wall.


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Absolutely gorgeous tank. Do you have an art or design background?

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Absolutely gorgeous tank. Do you have an art or design background?
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However, one of my hobbies is photography.


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Redid the Lud. sp. red today.

Right after the trimming


After the replanting


Fishes have been acting weird last few days. Hiding and not eating well. Signs of too much co2. Probably due to the remaking of moss walls.
This was also previously observed by burr. Moss wall probably acts as a co2 sponge.
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Beautiful tank! Thank you for sharing it here.
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24" gives lots more space to create depth. I've had 18" tank and found it's difficult to add midground groups without feeling cramped.
Man, thats exactly what I was afraid of when deciding against a 90 gallon (48x18x24) vs 120 galllon (48x24x24). I ended up with the 90 gallon because I found a good deal, and thought 18" would still be ok.
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Absolutely gobsmacked. If this is 2 years culmination, I cannot wait for what the next 2 years will bring. Hopefully the moss wall stops being so stubborn! But really fantastic job and thanks for sharing.
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Man, thats exactly what I was afraid of when deciding against a 90 gallon (48x18x24) vs 120 galllon (48x24x24). I ended up with the 90 gallon because I found a good deal, and thought 18" would still be ok.
18" is fine. Most nicer Dutch tanks I've seen are 18".
Recently I found that 24" causes trouble too. It's harder to make a street/group/bush that stretches from the front to the back glass without becoming too big and overpowers the neighbor bushes/groups.
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Look what the cat dragged in!


48" 10-bulbs-fixture from KZ. Made in Germoney! Brandnew and at a bargain price.

Decided to abandon all my LED and move to T5.
I blame all the nice journals here for this
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