#664: 96L Dutch Aquascape my first garden

ali rezaei kermanshah, Iran


There are several interesting plants. I can see how this could be an attractive tank in a few weeks. However the tank looks fresh like it was just set up an hour ago.

The water is hazy and the side walls have green dust algae. Many of the plants have not even straightened up after transport and planting. You should follow the 1 species-per-10-cm rule. Based on that you have enough species for a 6-foot long tank. Crop the photograph so we don't see other tanks hard water stains on the stand etc.

I like that the aquarist has attempted curtain plants on either side - but it doesn't work well when the curtains are the same or similar species.

Two bright pink plants right next to each other in the center is forcing symmetry. Do not place two pink or red plants next to each other. A 60 cm (2-foot) tank can only handle one or two bright red plants - you have five.


PRO-TIP: there is a rarely discussed part of Dutch scaping that I call 'Days-to-Peak.' Understanding this and applying this knowledge would have greatly improved the ranking on this entry.

Days-to-Peak (DTP) is the number of days it takes for a species to grow to perfect height and volume after a trim. DTP is different for every species and every tank. Given your light CO2 and fertilizer dosing Ludwigia inclinata Pantanal may take only 5 days after a trim to reach peak appearance of perfect height and volume. Whereas Rotala may require 10 days. Knowing the number of days it takes for each of your species to reach its peak or best appearance after a trim is critical. Knowing this tells you when to trim each plant so they all reach the perfect height and volume when you are ready to photograph the tank for competition. Maintaining the same species for a few months without changing light ferts and CO2 and observing them daily while keeping excellent records will help you determine the DTP for every species. Experimenting with dosing or CO2 while getting ready for a competition means your DTP will keep changing. Without knowing DTPs for each plant entries will look too freshly trimmed or overgrown.

More scaping tips here: https://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/Articles/Vin-Dutch/
— Vin Kutty
The overall impression suffers from the unclear water we see in the picture. The scape would also be helped by better use of contrasts in color and leaf shapes.
— Marco Aukes
No information about plants and fish. Tank is very small for Dutch Style. Too many species of plants. Water doesn't seem very clear. The red plants are too much in the middle.
— Bart Laurens

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 60 × 40 × 40 cm
Title my first garden
Volume 96L
Background black
Lighting led
Filtration atman500 *2

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