ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

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  1. Patrick Crowley

    Patrick Crowley Member

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    This will be my second attempt at high tech tanks, wanted to try a Dutch style to see which plants I could grow and get some experience before maybe trying my had at a 60cm or 90cm tank in the future.

    Tank:
    ADA 45p

    Filtration:
    Eheim 250 Classic

    Substrate:
    Tropica soil

    Lighting:
    ONF Flat Nano

    CO2:
    CO2art regulator plus 2kg bottle
    Bazooka diffuser

    Ferts:
    Tropica premium/specialised
    Liquid carbon

    Plants:
    Marsilea Crenata
    Staurogyne Repens
    Lobelia Cardinalis
    Pogostemon Helferi
    Cryptocoryne Petchii
    Alternanthera Reineckii ‘mini’
    Rotala H’ra
    Pogostemon Erectus
    Rotala Green

    Fish:
    10 Neon Tetra
    3 Ottos
    3 Amano shrimp

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    Ready to go!


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  2. Patrick Crowley

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    Let’s get planting.....

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    From above

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    And then flooded

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  3. Patrick Crowley

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    Day 10

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    Lights at 50%

    Day 25

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    Lights at 75%

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    Day 30

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    First trim of stem plants and lights up to 100%
    Ferts started at 1 pump per day.

    Also new glass lily pipes added


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    Day 50

    Added clean-up crew; 3 Ottos and 4 Amano shrimp.

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    Tank in situ

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  6. Patrick Crowley

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    Day 60

    Needs a good trim!
    6 Neon Tetras added
    Ferts 2 pumps daily

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    From above
    Rotala H’ra turning orange at the tips

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  7. Tankless

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    Tank looks good. Which of the two rotolas do you prefer?
     
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  8. Patrick Crowley

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    The H’ra is nicer to my eyes, grows a little straighter too. I get a lot of horizontal stems from the Green.


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    Please forgive my lack of plant knowledge but can I ask what are the two taller plants in each of the back corners please?
     
  10. Patrick Crowley

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    Two types of Rotala; Rotala H’ra on the left and Rotala Green on the right.


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    Thanks for the help Patrick, really appreciated.
     
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    Patrick, can you remember who the plants were from and how densely you planted the "Green"? Both plants look really bushy but I do like that one. I've only found them by Tropica.
     
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    They were both from Tropica, you can see them just planted in the top down photo in my first post. The Rotala Green is top left in the picture.

    I guess they were both planted with about 2cm between plantlets. I have trimmed them once and replanted the stems in between the existing plants, so this has increased the bushyness. I plan to do that several more times.


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  14. BarryH

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    Thanks Patrick, what a great way to use the off cuts.
     
  15. Patrick Crowley

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    Day 65
    After a big trim today

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    4 more neons added to make 10 in total.


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  16. Deano3

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    Looking good patrick i think i have 10 neons in my 45p haha bit plants look really healthy, i am goingto trim mine halfway down and replant aswel as looks great.

    Dean

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