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I started my 12 Gallon Long as an Iwagumi setup, because I loved the simplicity and elegance of the aquascape.

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Here are several shots of the tank as it grew in.

January 2013

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

However through the course of scaping my 12 Gallon I couldn't resist buying a new plant on a weekly basis. (An addiction I'm sure many of you on TPT also have a problem with).

I started IE Dosing along with my Seachem Products and my plants were growing uncontrollably. It kinda looked like a messy jungle and no longer had the clean look of an Iwagumi tank.

So I had the itch a month ago to go full dutch on the tank. Which suits my plant purchasing style. =)

Here's a quick run down of my setup.

12 Gallon Long - Mr. Aqua
Oddysea T5HO - 39W light - 1x6700 bulb and 10K bulb
EHeim 2213 Canister with DIY spray bar that extends the length of the tank, to avoid dead spots.
2 xDIY CO2 (Don't judge me, it works great for me :icon_lol:) with a the line feeding into a drill holed in the output pipe. Works like a reactor since the spray bar is so long it gives the CO2 time to mix with the water.
Hydro in line Heater

The dimensions of the 12 gallon long are 35.4L x 8.3W x 9.4H, which small and not ideal for a dutch aquarium. Which is probably why after going through over 70 pages of the 12 Gallon long club I didnt see one single attempt at a 12G dutch.

However there are so many mini versions of plants around I figure it would just take a bit of research to find the right plants to create the same illusion of a 125G dutch aquarium (I enjoyed this part)

I want to achieve this look or get possibly very close to it.

Not my photo, wish it was =)

I had my work cut out for me since Dutch Aquariums require so many plants to give it that full and lush look. So in the pass 2 months I've been buying plants from every where and everyone.

Local auctions, Aquabid, TPT, ebay, craigslist, even Viet Wah (which is a local asian grocery store).
**Mini plug to Sean and Han for supplying my with great looking plants.

Two months later here's my species list:
  • Alternanthera reineckii mini
  • Ammania Gracilis
  • Anubias nana
  • Bacopa
  • Blyxa
  • Cabomba
  • Cardamine
  • Chain swords
  • Crypt wendtii
  • Dwarf Sag
  • Downoi
  • Elatine Trianda
  • Eriocaulon Cinereum
  • Fissidens
  • Glosso
  • guppy grass
  • HC - Dwarf Baby Tears
  • hornwort
  • Hydrocotyle SP Japan
  • Hydrocotyle Verticillata
  • Java fern
  • Lace Java Fern
  • ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'pantanal'
  • Limnophila Aromatica wavy
  • Loebalia Cardinalis Dwarf
  • Ludwigia Acruata x repens
  • Ludwigia sp Red
  • ludwigia senegalensis
  • Marsilea Minutia
  • Micranthium Umbrosum
  • Micro Swords
  • Mosses[censored]
  • Needle Leaf Ludwigia
  • Pellia
  • Pennywort
  • ranunculus inundatus
  • Riccia
  • Rotala Indica
  • Rotala Indica True - Ammania Bonsai
  • Rotala Wallichii
  • Star Grass
  • Staurogyne repens
  • Subwasertang
  • Tiger Lilly
  • Trident Java fern
  • Utricularia graminifolia
  • Water Wysteria

Not all of them made it into the tank of course.
Im still in search of Rotala pearl mini type 1

The tank is about 97% planted now and today I received my center piece plant from sjb1987 (Sean). Eriocaulon Cinereum

Freshly planted.

I'll post more photos and eventually a full tank shot once I can get the Rotala Mini Type I planted.

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Here's the layout:

1. Rotala Indica - rotundifolia
2. Ammania Gracilis
3. Crypt wendtii
4. Loebalia Cardinalis Dwarf
5. Bacopa
6. Downoi
7. Blyxa
8. ludwigia senegalensis
9. Alternanthera reineckii mini
10. Staurogyne repens
11. Hydrocotyle SP Japan
12. Hydrocotyle Verticillata under 11
14. HC - Dwarf Baby Tears
15. Marsilea Minutia
16. ranunculus inundatus
17. Ludwigia sp Red
18. Rotala Wallichii
19. Tiger Lilly
20. Limnophila Aromatica wavy
21. ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'pantanal'
22. Eriocaulon Cinereum
23. Rotala Indica True - Ammania Bonsai
24. Ludwigia Acruata x repens

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Did a quick trim today of the Reineckii and the Ranunculus. The runuculus was starting to crawl all over the HC and the A. reneickii mini was bushing out and shading the Eriocaulon Cinereum.

I also trimmed the plantlets off of the Tonnina sp Belem. One stem had 4 baby stems at it's top. They are still short They are still short and look like little carpet plants at the moment

Traded with another hobbyist and added some Erio Parkeri

Additional new plants include:
Pogostemon Erectus
Ludwigia Glandulosa
Lindernia rotundilfolio variegated -I pulled the bacopas and stuck them in my 15G collectoritus

the ludwigia glandulosa is probably too big for this tank but I stuck it in the back anyways.

Here's the 15G holder. No real scape to this just as long as there some substrate to stick the stems into.

Check out the top of this ludwigia sp Red. I love the color.

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Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited)
I made two changes to the tank recently:

1 I replaced a 6700 bulb and
2 I upped my nitrates and Phosphates.

Because of this, some of my plants aren't as red any more. The rotala rotundifolio is looking super green and growing really slowly. The Ludwigia sp red and arcuata x repens doesnt have a bright redness any more about it.

I read that higher nitrates makes the plant more green, I'm going to try to cut my nitrates down as an experiment to see if I can bring back some of the reds.

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Thank you for the comment, it was a long search for smaller plants to fit the tank, since it's pretty short. Normal midground plants became back ground plants. I tried a ludwigia glanduloso in the tank and took it out a day after. It's size made no sense in relation to the ones next to it. I did stick a tiger lilly in there but trimmed all the leaves which forced it to grow smaller and more compact.
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