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Old 28-04-2017, 12:53 PM   #1
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Deathly quiet at the planted hobby scene these days. Not sure if all the old aquascapers have retired. And its is really difficult to get aquarium plants these days.

Consider that it has being some time since I played with "high-end" planted again. So I am getting my hands wet with another attempt with dutch layout. I have always love the dutch layout because I do not like the ideal of spending hundred over dollars buying "special rocks" for a planted tank(which I did before and then throw them all away when I decomm and move house).

I have also just repaired my own Hailea HC-150A it is now so much quiet than before diy fan changing is fun as long as I don't get electrical shock.

So this is what my last dutch layout looks like


This is going to be a journal like posting. I will post my progress on the steps taken by me so I will also show my mistakes and maybe hope that someone else does not make the same reading this (although I doubt many are left in this hobby).
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Old 28-04-2017, 01:11 PM   #2
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My 1st new posting getting started right my tank is 3ft long x1ft deep x2ft in height. I am using ADA substrate system and some diy mix in this process. 1st step in what I have use are ADA Bacter, Clear Super and Tourmaline BC then doing the normal sweeping off from the edges of the tank into the center. To achieve the below picture.



Now the next step is my own because I always feel that it is not enough to just have those as a sustainable substrate system and because I am a lazy bugger who is always lazy to dose liquid fertilisers. I am adding my own concoction of a more rich substrate system. Using sera floredepot(dennerle deponit mix sold out.....at Y618) and additional dennerle E15 iron tabs into my mix.

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Old 28-04-2017, 01:24 PM   #3
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Then comes the pouring of ADA Amazonia(normal type) into the tank with more on the back of the tank and less on the front forming a slope. 1 big pack was really more than enough for a 3x1x2 tank. This step is better to have a small cut on the bag or using a cup to scoop so you will not accidently "over pour" the sand causing it to disturb the already nicely form substrate system done previously.
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Old 28-04-2017, 02:07 PM   #4
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great to see you sharing your planted journey bro+!!!

swee swee tank
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Old 28-04-2017, 03:40 PM   #5
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Camping here, await master piece Dutch Planted.
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Old 29-04-2017, 05:41 PM   #6
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great to see you sharing your planted journey bro+!!!

swee swee tank
Thank you for the appreciation.

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Camping here, await master piece Dutch Planted.
Not master piece, like the cyndi lauper song "Girls(Uncle) just want to have fun".
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