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Dutch video of contest tanks

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by Tom Barr, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. Tom Barr

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    Very nice thanks for sharing Tom :)


    Would you know what the flowering plant is at 1:46?


    Thanks
     
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    That's water poppy Hydrocleys nymphoides .
     
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    hehee...


    I am in the video :)


    it was a great day!


    greets,


    yme
     
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    I'll see if Bart can come over and fix your tank, hehe
     
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    Thanks Kris :)
     
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    Gorgeous! I've been smitten by old school Dutch style since the 80s, with moss covered back panels, contrasts, custom cabinetry, concealed hardware, plant streets (not multi lane rainbow highways!) and even using Ottelia as an occasional focal point…where does one even get Ottelia here in the US?! And they're not too hip to scape with good ol' Wisteria. Just beautiful!
     
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    Inspiring stuff. Thanks for sharing.

    Hah, I noticed that. Looks great too.

    I wonder how they keep it shaped so nice. Frequent replanting or meticulous topping.....both I guess?
     
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    Love this video. I have also noticed water current in those tanks looks very weak... is that just my own impression?
     
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    These guys spend several hours a week armpit deep in their tanks. It is VERY labor intensive. It becomes like a meditative aquatic bonsai thing. Some operate with grow out/farm tanks from which to pull perfectly grown plants pre-competition.


    Back in the late 80s, Arie de Graaf used to write a column for FAMA magazine about dutch tanks. I started communicating with him via snail mail, then email and then i met up with him a few times to pick his brain. It looked like their success back in pre-EI and CO2 days was mostly due to a rich substrate, tap water with a good amount of macros/KH, and finding the balance between fish and plant biomass. Many of the best looking tanks have less than 10 ppm CO2…some as low as 5 ppm. This probably makes trimming labor more bearable.


    Then Arend van den Nieuwenhuizen wrote this book: http://www.amazon.de/Wunder-Wohnzimmer-Aquarieneinrichtung-ihre-Technik/dp/3800179067 I got a copy 25 years ago and I still find great joy looking through its pages. Most of the German I know, I taught myself while trying to read this book. A sign of how much impact this style of aquaria has had on me. (oh my tanks still look shitty compared to theirs, but hey, it's fun to try!)
     
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    Thanks for sharing. Very nice tanks!
     
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