Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Going Dutch, going nuts!
Hello folks. Just new to this forum. Although I've been reading a lot of it in the last few years and feel like it is time to be part of the family.
Thanks for having me here. English is not my first language so... my apologies in advance if I butcher some words.
Nothing better than start in a forum dropping a question.
Don't ask me how but I ended up with 21 different species of stem plants and you know what they say: stem plants mean DUTCH!
A part of being really excited and reading a lot about the style I realise it is way harder than it looks like, especially regards to the distribution of the plants. I know having 20+ species doesn't help and I shouldn't be doing this but hell yeah! We only live once.
Below is the list of what I've got and what I am thinking for positioning it on my 4ft aquarium in a 3:2 ratio. I'll be using pressurised CO2, Fluval 3.0 lights and Oliver Knott's Aqualat + Aquaearth substrate, dosing LCA Advanced Red liquid fertiliser (It's a high-quality all-in-one type fertiliser you can find here in Australia). Also putting some root tabs when setting up the substrate.
Hydrocotyle Tripartita Japan
Rotala Mexicana Goias
Lobelia Cardinalis (street)
Alternanthera Reineckii Mini
Ludwigia Palustris Super Red
My main questions are:
1) Am I getting it right in relation to the terraces (back, mid and foreground)?
2) Which plants I should put close to each other to achieve a rich composition and not a bland/too organised and boring setup?
3) Which plants should I use as a focal point? remembering that I'll be using a 3:2 ratio in a concave composition.
4) Harlequin Rasboras is my first option as I like the way they school but I've read that Cardinal Tetras are recommended as blue is a colour that lacks in this kind of style and C tetras are a great complement. I've never had cardinal tetras, how's their schooling behave? Are they hardy fish or prone to all sort of problems like the neon tetras?
I am not worried about trimming as I really enjoy doing it. Yeah, I know that was the first thing you had in mind while reading this post but for me is therapeutic and I am looking for to jump out of the bed 4 am twice a week for a good trimming session.
I'd really appreciate your input on this. Please help a "Dutch Style noob" out.