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Old 11-30-2018, 04:54 PM   #1
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40 gallon long "dutch style"

I'm here with a new 40 gallon long tank i found on craigslist for $50. I had to do a bit of work on this to get it ready. First someone had drilled a hole in the tank so I had to seal that. Second the stand wasn't in the best of conditions. Had to put a new top on it, fix the doors and do some minor cleaning. I am doing a dutch style aquascape and I'm thinking of going with rainbowfish in this tank. I'm in a bit of a rush to get this typed before work so later on I will update this thread with all the plant names I used.








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That is a nice foot print for a planted tank.
Did you use a bulkhead fitting + screw cap to seal the hole? In the future if you ever wanted to operate a sump, this would allow you to add an overflow.
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Looks great!
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That is a nice foot print for a planted tank.
Did you use a bulkhead fitting + screw cap to seal the hole? In the future if you ever wanted to operate a sump, this would allow you to add an overflow.
The tank had a bulkhead already in it but it was leaking. I decided to remove it and seal the hole with a piece of glass and silicon. I've looked at sumps a few times but they don't really seem like something I would ever do.
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Looks great!
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Ty and pretty betta you have there.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:08 PM   #6
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plant list


rotala rotundifolia
lobelia cardinalis
pogostemon helferi
limnophila heterophylla
alternanthera reineckii "varigated"
bacopa caroliniana(probably will replace this with something else)
ammania graclis
ludwigia pantanal
pogostemon erectus
ludwigia mini super red
thai moss
hydrocoytle sp. "japan"
blyxa aubertii
eriocaulon vietnam
eriocaulon cinereum
eriocaulon(unkown species)
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Following along. Tank looks good so far. This is the only Dutch tank I'm currently following that is using a white substrate. Most are black / dark. Looks good though. I'm excited to see where you can take this!
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1 month update here. things are going great and all plants are now settled in. ive done a few things to the tank since last post. first i made a diy powerhead filter just to have some filtration until i get a canister filter for it. i did a trimming on the limno and rotala since they were almost to the top of the tank. i decided im going to be doing 2 skunk loach, 3 pearl gouramis and a few rainbow fish( probably 6 of them). i have the loaches and gouramis in there now. i also have 15 neon tetras in there that i picked up for a future project. these will come out when i start buying my rainbow fish. here are a few pics. sorry for the bad angles on a few of these. i have a stand with a 10g sitting in front of this tank and it makes it hard to get a straight on shot.











these ludwigia are looking strange because they had a rough transition to this tank




my 3 pearls. they hang out in this corner a good bit. also some ludwigia mini super red

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Looking good. Nice work.
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Looks really nice. What kind of lighting are you using, and how long is it on?
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