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Royston 22-11-2014 02:21 AM

My Dutch Tank
 
Moved to my own place but due to OC's disapproval of marine tank :o I am coming back to PLANTED again :rolleyes: A preview of some of the stuffs I have already got.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...241B7C61ED.jpg

Custom made crystal tank & cabinet, Maxspect Glaive, Kudeng S/S surface skimmer & VIV inflow & lily pipe.

Royston 28-11-2014 05:01 PM

Second wave of stuffs after shopping at GC & FnM :)

It was great to see Azmi again followed his shop since it was at Lavender last time till he moved a couple of times & finally merge with GC.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...50FB2C06E9.jpg

Royston 28-11-2014 05:36 PM

Classic slope with all the bottom powders & stone hidden on 3 sides.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...FF3F7734F0.jpg

chaos 28-11-2014 06:21 PM

Nice do update more, always love the Dutch style:D

Jabby 28-11-2014 07:21 PM

Wow another journal to take note off. Looking forward.

Royston 29-11-2014 05:10 PM

Here is the 70% finished tank.

Can you guess the different kinds of plants inside?

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...6918284F04.jpg

Royston 01-12-2014 07:02 PM

Some close up pictures of 1sqft of each section of the tank.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...9DC497B127.jpg

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...D8BE3E2D42.jpg

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...CD6FE92CD5.jpg

Fish Love 01-12-2014 07:09 PM

Is this a 3ft tank bro?

Royston 01-12-2014 10:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fish Love (Post 9784993)
Is this a 3ft tank bro?

Yes bro it is a 3ft tank that is why I posted 3 pics of about 1ft each ;)

exotic_idiot 02-12-2014 01:20 AM

Very nice and neat setup bro...

Well done:)

Royston 02-12-2014 09:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by exotic_idiot (Post 9785154)
Very nice and neat setup bro...

Well done:)

Thanks bro.

Here is my intense bazooka diffusal. Downoi are melting thou hope they recover asap.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...0F7886D4AA.jpg

magpie 06-12-2014 03:48 PM

May I know what is the plant on the front left side? How's the progress of your plants other than downoi is melting?

Heuer 06-12-2014 07:33 PM

nice! very few people do Dutch style already. can't wait to see when it full matured. :)

BTW, just curious, why wify disallow marine tank yet approved planted tank?

Royston 07-12-2014 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by magpie (Post 9786884)
May I know what is the plant on the front left side? How's the progress of your plants other than downoi is melting?

The left is actually a mirror image of the right due to the tank. Do you mean the first row from the back or the front row in the picture?

Currently both my downoi & alternanthera reineckii 'lilacina' are melting like crazy. Some other plants are growing green leaves. But my ludwigia senegalese & rotala wallichii are doing quite well. I'll try to span a picture on my progress later.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Heuer (Post 9786918)
nice! very few people do Dutch style already. can't wait to see when it full matured. :)

BTW, just curious, why wify disallow marine tank yet approved planted tank?

Because at my parent's house all the metal parts 3-5m around the tank are rusty even the screws under the dining chairs hahaha :p

Heuer 07-12-2014 08:41 PM

oic. ya. salt water is very corrosive.

Royston 07-12-2014 10:00 PM

This is another shot of my 90% completion tank shot.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...4D45308CE5.jpg

Current flora are:
Ammania sp. "Bonsai"
Alternanthera reineckii "lilacina"
Hydrophila polysperma "Rosanervig"
Didiplis diandra (aka Blood Stargrass)
Echinodorus vesuvius
Ludwigia inclinata
Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata "Cuba"
Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata "Pantanal"
Ludwigia glandulosa
Ludwigia repens "Rubin"
Ludwigia senegalensis
Lobelia cardinalis "Dwarf"
Limnophila aromatica
Micrantherum umbrosum "monte carlo"
Nesaea sp. "Red"
Pogostemon helferi (aka Downoi)
Rotala macrandra "Variegated"
Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala wallichii
Syngonanthu sp. "Belem" (aka Tonina sp. "Belem")
Trithuria sp "blood vomit" (Eriocaulon sp "Vomit Blood" / Tu Xie Gujing)

Will be looking for some other plants to replace my melting downoi. And giving some trimming of Rotala Wallichii today just trimmed & replanted my ammania sp. "bonsai" too.

By the way my tank "cycles" using using RO/DI water, ADA aquasoil S special, BW substrate system, Tropica substrate & Micro-Lift products. It only took 2 days but I waited till it is 4th day before I add those ruby & cardinal tetras. Whomever know where to get 30 pcs of ruby tetra please pm me thank you. (I wipe out GC & Y618's ruby tetra supply already):p

tco 07-12-2014 11:56 PM

Nice planted tank, colourful Dutch style. Can't wait to see it mature.

Royston 15-12-2014 01:51 PM

Thank you bro tco.

Since my last post I've added an other lightset the evo 3w led for my foreground. And have got 1 pot each of UG & A. reineckii mini from the 1-2 grow from Tropica. Here is a sneak peak from one of my favourite plant Ludwigia senegalensis from top view between the lightsets.
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...A5DD02D1AA.jpg

Royston 18-12-2014 11:51 PM

Just another update before I trim my "红太阳" & ludwigia inclinata.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...C4A9422DB1.jpg


http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...591D6D2C21.jpg

trueblue82 16-01-2015 04:31 PM

very nice!.....high maintenance!..

yyoouuwweeii 21-01-2015 12:09 AM

Awesome!!! Nice tank..........

scooter 21-01-2015 10:27 AM

Nice tank.
How to tell a Dutch style planted tank?
Sorry, newbie in planted tank.

Clamence 23-01-2015 01:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scooter (Post 9806542)
Nice tank.
How to tell a Dutch style planted tank?
Sorry, newbie in planted tank.

Dutch style will have alot of variety of plants and lesser or zero hardscape. The main focus is on the aquatic plants itself while nature aquarium style focuses on the arrangement of rock and wood. Dutch style is kind of like a colorful garden :)

scooter 24-01-2015 07:43 AM

Thanks for the explanation, I quite like the Dutch style.

WiNd.feNg 24-01-2015 08:47 PM

Looking good there bro!

Have you thought of customizing something to hang your lights? Would look good since you got a rimless tank ;)

Royston 10-02-2015 02:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scooter (Post 9808046)
Thanks for the explanation, I quite like the Dutch style.

Dutch style is mainly for plant "collectors" many different plants in 1 tank. Which overtime may change due to the preferance of the hobbist(like me currently getting rid of my downoi and other foreground plants).

Royston 10-02-2015 02:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WiNd.feNg (Post 9808317)
Looking good there bro!

Have you thought of customizing something to hang your lights? Would look good since you got a rimless tank ;)

Thank you for the kind comment but hanging of the lights are out for me not strong enough unless I go with the Kessil lights but damn exp need to spend about 1.2k in total for 2 sets.

My cardinals like to jump out of the tank every now & then therefore the lightset actually double as a tank cover also. Else my OC always kpkb say got so many ikan bilis all the time.

Here is what my tank looks like about 3 weeks ago.
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...23B4203143.jpg

WaterChwee 14-02-2015 11:51 PM

what is your tank size and how many sets of evo lights you have ?

I was thinking to get evo lights too but was advise to get T5 instead for my 322 tank as it has a wider spectrum of light to cover the whole tank

Royston 15-02-2015 02:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WaterChwee (Post 9817991)
what is your tank size and how many sets of evo lights you have ?

I was thinking to get evo lights too but was advise to get T5 instead for my 322 tank as it has a wider spectrum of light to cover the whole tank

My tank is only 3x1.5x1 only 1 set of Evo the other set is Maxspect Glaive for the colour spectrum.

If you are talking about spread then min. 6x T5HO will still be better for a 2ft wide for "Dutch style" tank. But if you are going "natural" can just get x4 T5HO. I just dun like to see my electricity bills go up that's why sticking to LED.

Looking to slowly change to better LED lights like Kessil, AI's Hydra or BML by next year or so.

scooter 08-05-2015 11:06 PM

I am having a 3'x1.5'x1.5' tank, currently using EVO also. Should I get 2nd set of EVO or upgrade to better light fitting? I am also going for dutch planted tank.

Royston 09-05-2015 03:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scooter (Post 9853829)
I am having a 3'x1.5'x1.5' tank, currently using EVO also. Should I get 2nd set of EVO or upgrade to better light fitting? I am also going for dutch planted tank.

What plants are you planning on keeping?

Any budget constraints?

Is it just 1)about the plants or 2)for better viewing or 3)aesthetic reason? These can be a big difference on the type of lights you are getting.

PM me we can discuss about it easier.

wei_yuan86 10-05-2015 10:51 PM

Hey Royston, beautiful results!
Looking forward to more updates :)

doddie 22-05-2015 03:17 PM

What an awesome results u got there in such a short period of time. Good job done there!


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