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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 02-20-2005, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,

I am a new member, so here is is my planted tank.
Living in Holland, Aquascaping is mainly "Dutch aquascaping" with lots of plants in a row. But "nature aqascaping" is gaining ground an more and more tanks are transformed to more natural looking aquascapes.

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This is my big tank, which will be replaced by a smaller one soon. The tank is a little to big for my living room and my wish is to have an open tank with no hood on top so I can watch the plants from above.
The pictures from Marc (ADA gallery) give me the last push to get me a new tank an start this project.
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- Length-Width-Height : 140 x 80 x 60 cm or 55 x 32 x 24 inch
- volume ~ 672 L or 178 Gallon (US)
- lighting : 220 Watt T5 with reflector

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Some aquascapes last 2 years :





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Beautiful! Would you mind listing the plants?
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Welcome to the PT Forums PJAN
I must say that your aquascaping skills are beautiful, you definately have a giftin making a tanks appearance flow from side to side.
Each look is beautiful. Not overpowering with too many plant varieties and the choice of branches makes it very natural looking ! I look forward to seeing your future projects.

Thanks for sharing your photos and I hope you enjoy your stay here with us.
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Beautiful! Would you mind listing the plants?
Which tank?

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Latest project : natural looking aquascape.
5 weeks old aquascaping and still working on the Lotus..

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natural looking? the others look very natural to me already, especially the first one. I absolutely love that look, with the short grassy front flowing into the long grassy background. Awesome job!

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Everything is so nice! What a wonderful job!

We consider ourselves lucky to have you as a board member!

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The first and third pictures? Is that too many?
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Greay job!
Are you using pressurized CO2? What's the filtration like?
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The first and third pictures? Is that too many?
Here you go :

First picture :
- cyperus helferi (long small leaves in the back)
- sagittaria subulata (midle long leaves)
- glosso
- ech. tenellus
- some javavern (left-back) and javamos

Third picture :
- cryptcoryne balansae (left-back)
- tenellus sp. (left-front)
- javamos on wood
- rotala sp. "nanjenshan" (bright green -middle front)
- tenellus sp. "red" (middle back, low leaves)
- Eustralis stellata (few stems)
- riccia (right - front)
- glosso (in the picture replanted and almost invisble - front)


Tech details :
CO2 - Aquamedic 1000 reactor ( 3 bps / sec for 8 hours)

Filtration : Eheim Pro II : 1050 L = 278 G / hour. But due to the CO2-reactor and pipe-work, the flowrate is about 700 L/hour (measured). You can say the tank is cycled 1 time / hour. Not much anyway.

Lights : 4x54 Watt T5 color 6000 kelvin , on for 8 hours/day.

Water :
pH 6,7
KH 4
GH 5
NO3 5 -10 ppm ( 2x / week / 10 ppm)
PO4 0 - 0,1 ppm (2x /week / 0,2 ppm)
every day : little bit of Profito (local brand fertilizer)




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Gorgeous work! For a gardener from Holland, you definitely have the eye for natural aquaria too!

The newest tank is a bit bare, but looks like it's well on its way! Are you going to keep the foreground bare-ish?

I'd like to ask, are the first three pics completely different tanks, or developements of the same tank?

last note: Those barbs are perfect in that third tank!
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Gorgeous work! For a gardener from Holland, you definitely have the eye for natural aquaria too!

The newest tank is a bit bare, but looks like it's well on its way! Are you going to keep the foreground bare-ish?

I'd like to ask, are the first three pics completely different tanks, or developements of the same tank?

last note: Those barbs are perfect in that third tank!
A gardener from Holland?

Al the lay-outs are in the same tank. I had about 10 different lay-outs in the past 2 years. Just to develop my skills. Not always with success.
I learned a lott from watching other peoples tanks.

The last aquascape has not matured yet. Especially the lotus (8x) must be trimmed and kept low for this aquascape to give the wood some space. The bare foreground.... well I am considering some glosso but I like the light contrast.

As for the barbs : not ok for a planted tank. Sometimes they have the habbit to feed on the Eustralis stellata, tenellus etc. I removed them beacuse it was not funny to have your plants trimmed....when you got home..

Thanks all for watching.

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Pjan, your tanks are fantastic! I really like that 3rd one... I'm still learning my plants (still just dreaming of a planted tank - looks like we might be moving in the next couple of months and I figure it's better to wait until then to make any changes). Can someone tell me what are those plants that are kind of "swooping" up to the top of the tank??? I really like that look. And your driftwood is delicious!

Lovely work!
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All four tanks are stellar. Incredible eye for aquascaping, I really like the thin driftwood used. What exactly root is that from? What are the floating plants in pic 3?

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PJAN- WOW Im impressed! GREAT TANK. I'll have the dimensions of the ADA tanks for you soon!


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