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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 08-10-2020, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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70 Gallon Dutch-Inspired

Hi,
This is my first topic in TPT.
I've been lurking around for quite a while and learn a lot from other people's journals. So I guess it's time to start my journal and share my experience.
Comment and criticism are welcomed .

Started the tank around the end of March 2020 to celebrate my second year in the hobby.

Some details:

Tank acrylic 40"x24"x18", 70gal

CO2: inline diffuser. About 1.3-1.5ph drop.

Filtration:
Left size: 2x ehiem 2213 (in serial) --> Left spraybar, eheim 2227 wet/dry --> nozzle.
Right size: eheim 2217 & Hydor prof 250 --> Right spraybar
2x Eheim surface skimmer 350
Filters are filled with bio balls and foam.
It's crazily overfiltration but I have many spare filters from previous setups lol

Fertilization:
Macro dosed twice a week, right after the water change.
Micro dosed daily

N: 18.74ppm x2
P: 7.24ppm x2
K: 27.49ppm x2
Ca: 16.64ppm x2
Mg: 3.08ppm x2
Fe: 0.15 x7 (about 1ppm weekly)

Water change: 80%-90%, on Wednesday and Saturday morning, right before CO2 on.
Tap water ~2dGH, ~1dKH

Lighting:
ONF Flat one 36" (90W)
Two WRGB led bars (50W each)
PAR unknown.

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August 07, 20202 - Most recent pic



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July 22, 2020




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May 19, 2020



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April 15, 2020 - Making moss wall


The coral moss is tied to a 2"x2" plastics mesh and then sticked to the tank wall using a suction cup.


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April 10, 2020 - Making buce wall


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March 28, 2020 - Setting up



Little helper


Right after planting

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Very nice. Great plant health, good grouping and trimming... I'm working on those skills myself.

Are you in Japan? I've never seen that soil before.



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Beautiful! I like the dimensions of the tank. You have used the 24" depth very effectively.
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Very nice. Great plant health, good grouping and trimming... I'm working on those skills myself.

Are you in Japan? I've never seen that soil before.



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Yes, I'm living in Japan ATM.
The soil is quite nice and cheap. Low in nutrient though. I often use it (in powder form) to cover ADA aquasoil.
I think it's quite popular in Europe too. Saw some stores in Hungary promoting this aquasoil.

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Beautiful! I like the dimensions of the tank. You have used the 24" depth very effectively.
Thanks!
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.
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Wow!

Not often someone comes out of the gate with a presentation like that!!!

Beautiful mix of healthy looking plants. All colors well placed and meticulously trimmed.

Very, very well done.

I love it. Subscribed and keep the updates coming.
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Wow!

Not often someone comes out of the gate with a presentation like that!!!

Beautiful mix of healthy looking plants. All colors well placed and meticulously trimmed.

Very, very well done.

I love it. Subscribed and keep the updates coming.
Thank Gregg!
You're always generous with kind words!
Glad you enjoy the pic!
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Your tank is absolutely stunning! So gorgeous!

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A beautiful piece of art!! Is the wall a collection of those 2x2 meshes?

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You're new to this? Wow just wow. It's beautiful.

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Your tank is absolutely stunning! So gorgeous!

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A beautiful piece of art!! Is the wall a collection of those 2x2 meshes?

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Yes, they're all 2x2" meshes. As the moss grows in, you can't see the boundaries between the meshes. This way, I can change the size and shape of the moss wall easily.

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Yes, compared to many others here, I'm pretty new to the hobby. This is my second year. I still have a lot to learn .
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Yes, compared to many others here, I'm pretty new to the hobby. This is my second year. I still have a lot to learn .
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.
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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.

24G long & shallow dragonrock Iwagumi
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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?


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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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