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Tom Barr's 120 Gallon Dutch version 2.0

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by plantbrain, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. clt

    clt New Member

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    Your tank is really amazing! :giggle: I like the colors! and those shrimps!:love: :p
     

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  2. Kcraven

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    Hey there. What method of substrate did you use. The growth is amazing!!!
     
  3. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I spend less time typing and doing aquarium work than you might think.
     
  4. aliclarke86

    aliclarke86 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Well 500 buck trims a not much maintaining sounds good to me mate :-D

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  5. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I have about 50 of the Trithuria blood vomits, they are growing back well after the last uprooting and dividing about 3 weeks ago?

    Tank is post trim so the L senegal is whacked way back as are the Rotala mini butterfly, Myrio mini and the R wallichii.

    No KNO3 for 6 days last week, the E hydropiper yellowed some, the A reineckii mini had a few holes. Other plants seemed fine though. Low N is not wise.

    RCS continue to grow/breed like no tomorrow, the cockeroaches of the tanks.
    I redid the A reineckii and the Downoi also.

    The Erio type 3 is in the rear right corner, it's really blooming up nicely like it should. It is the canary in the coal mine, a bellweather plant for me. If it does well, then everything else will also. It'll be another 2 months or so I'd say before I can trim and redo the section up to nice standards, but.........that's the way this stuff goes.

    The side view shows the S. maderia and the lago grande and the dwarf canuck(you can see the differences between the madiera and the dwarf canuck pretty good now after some growth and recovery).

    E hydropiper continues to expand and root well even with a little yellowing.

    UG is really hyper dense. Even by my standards, the wood boxed it in. Probably should trim and replant it next week. Anyone need a fair amount of dense UG? hehe

    The toughest plants for trimming and such:
    Tonina, they are not topped. And there are a lot of them.
    But they sell well and I have a back list of orders as they grow out.
    Not a hard plant to grow...........but a PITA to trim and propagate.

    Easy weeds: R mini butter fly, L tornado, Mini milfoil, H araguaia, Blood vomits, downoi, Cuphea, mosses/liverworts.

    Fastest growing: R wallichii, R macandra, L sphaerocarpa.








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  6. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Trying to think what to do in this bare spot, the shorter Syngonanthus did not feel right as as foreground type plant really. So I removed it and placed it in another tank. So this is all of the S madiera now. Cryptocoryne x willisii 'lucen might be good for that spot on the side.
    H. sibthorpioides
    Starougyne purple or porto velho would work good also.
    The EH is simply too short to add cover and transition. I could add more Riccardia on wood in this spot, or another plant species like, a Crypt, but that will be very similar to the Red Hygro araguaia.
    A different shade of green perhaps might work. Hydrocotyle sibthorpides might be good. I want something darker though.

    I'm not entirely happy with the Hottonia, but for now..........I'll likely redo that section with something else. Might add Monte Carlo there.



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  7. KatieK

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    Beautiful plants! I'm wondering what kind of light you have running on this tank and how high is it suspended?

    Katie
     
  8. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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  9. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Limnophila wavy guinea and Erio type 3 have come a long way:

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    Erio compressum has many many new side shoot plants.
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  10. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    ATI 8x54 T5 fixture, I run it about 0-100% for the 1st and last 1 hour of the light cycle. 6 hours at 100%. The light is about 16" above the water surface.
     
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  11. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Post trim, did a fair amount of Erio removal so it's still pretty cloudy:
    Things will fill in pretty good this next cycle.
    The Erio setaceum type 3 in the rear right corner have come in nicely now.
    I had to most doubts about those.

    The Erio compressum will fill back in pretty nicely over the next 2-3 months.

    Elatine hydropiper will continue to spread and fill in some of the open area before the erios get too big.

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    The first photo reminds me me of a very colourful spring display garden.

    Keith:):)
     
  13. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Or a fruit stand:)
     
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  14. aliclarke86

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    The riccardia looks fantastic in this tank!

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  15. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Post Erio compressum thinning, I removed 15 plants actually.

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    Blood vomits have done well and are pretty easy actually.

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  16. stefanp

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    Really awesome tank ...
     
  17. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    It just keeps getting better.
     
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    Amazing!
     
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    speechless and one of the best dutch aquascapes ive seen.
     

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