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Old fashioned planted tanks?

What did planted tanks look like in decades gone by? What was the popular plants from the previous decades?

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I wasn't into planted tank back then but I would assume much of the plants they used were much the same now. However, the trend in aquascaping dictates the look of the tank.
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Dutch tanks. And walstad method....
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There is a member here who actually bought an antique tank. It had huge metal or cast iron sides covering the edges of the glass with decorations all over them.
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There is a member here who actually bought an antique tank. It had huge metal or cast iron sides covering the edges of the glass with decorations all over them.
there called meta frame tanks
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there called meta frame tanks
I'm not talking about that kind of tank. It is really ornate. I will try and find the thread.
found it: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...ewel-tank.html
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that kind of tank is super rare, and very expensive unless its a reproduction, then its just new and expensive.
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Way back it was easier to keep plants that are used often in low tech setups. The harder to keep varieties that thrive with co2 injection wouldn't have done well before co2 was used. That was waaay before I was born though.

Swords, crypts, anubias, etc would have been common as well as easy to keep stems. New types of plants are brought into the hobby all the time. Many plants may now have been available 40+ years ago.


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How did they do Dutch Scapes without co2? Or were they using easier plants or something?

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jgcd and bradH, that is exactly what I was wondering, what types of plants did the "old timers" use... maybe I need to ask the European crowd.

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jgcd and bradH, that is exactly what I was wondering, what types of plants did the "old timers" use... maybe I need to ask the European crowd.
They would probably be of more help. I guess they could have used the diy yeast method or something.

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i dont think they added co2 back in the day.
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Swords, crypts, anubias, etc would have been common as well as easy to keep stems. New types of plants are brought into the hobby all the time. Many plants may not have been available 40+ years ago.
this should answer your question.
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The books I had from the 1960s would give layouts that were pretty much the same as jungle type with some stone and wood. Lots of the same plants we use now were in the books but just try and find anything but eleodea, hornwort, vals and sword plants.
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I guess I was visioning a modern style dutch scape, but back in the day. lol

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