AQUARIUM PLANTS TRIMMING – MAKE ROTALA FLAMING RED


– Welcome to Green Aqua. My name is Viktor Lantos, and we will do some
trimming today on this one. Shoom. (upbeat music) Oh by the way, I forgot to tell you, I trimmed this tank two days ago but I didn’t have time to
record the intro for that. So, in the meantime, not
just the plant got shorter but my hair too. We match perfectly, right? (soft music) – All right, after the short introduction, let’s see what we have here. This aquarium is a 64 liter tank. 60x30x36. Quite of a standard 60p size aquarium. Built by my colleague
over a year ago actually in last May or so in our old show room. The main goal was there
to show kind of a simple, minimalistic tank to our visitors. So there wasn’t really a goal to do a kind of a scaping on this tank but something easy, which
you can do at home anytime. We’ve used minimal plants like hemianthus cuba, acicularis mini. We also used, at the
very beginning we used Rotala micro under a red mini to show deep red, small
plants in the aquarium. But after many months we
decided to just change it to something easier because
that needed much more light. Okay so going back to the tank, it has a Twinstar 600S
light, as you can see. We have the Eheim Pro 4
350 filtration under that, pressurized CO2 with
blast diffuser from ADA. We have a Twinstar in the
tank, a skimmer from Eheim. We are using our own salt
water in all of our tanks. In this too, and the room is
kind of an air conditioned. So the water temperature
is always below 25 celsius. We are using the ADA Fertilizers +K and the step two, all the
new the K and the mineral. And additional to that we’re using the seeker max on a daily basis. We’ve used ADA Amazonia power sand as a substrate. Also on a plot of sand we
used stones for the decoration and like I said be used
hemi and the scooper for the carpet declines mixed
in with the alocoris mini. And now we have brought Rotala sp. green and Rotala Vietnam ‘H’ra in the tank. So the plants were really overgrown and we wanted to just cut it
back to be in shape again. And this trimming session is
is mainly about putting back the plants to shape and doing a quick water change after that. So the whole maintenance will
be around 16 minutes or so. So please sit back and relax, or have a cup of coffee in the meantime. (upbeat music) So currently I’m trimming down the plants due to a very short height. And I tried to save the
nicest part of the plants and put this out to a tray
so at least I have a visual on the layout and I can
work in it later on. It’s always a great idea to
save your best part of the plant and just put it back to the aquarium to have the best appearance. We have many questions from
our visitors at how we reach those deep red colors or
special colors for the plants. This is a must to reuse the cutting and just replanting to the aquarium. (upbeat music) So I did a kind of a curve
shape, it’s much interesting than just trim it in
the line and be without any shape at all you will see at the end. And now I just trim out, we
had different plants there we’ve kind of using this tank
as an experimental thing. And we are replacing our
plants timely just to show an example to our visitors and we also try it ourselves. (upbeat music) Yeah, now I’m cleaning up
the riccia from the grass. it’s everywhere as you
know in the planter tank. Even here where we don’t
have any moss at all. With your scissors you
easily can remove it. (upbeat music) And the scissors am
using the ADA spring tool the 17 centimeter, I think
this is the best tool available on the market. It’s very pricey but, it’s
something that you buy once in your life and we
will be super happy by that. And you will use it with every trimming every planting every of your aqua scaping. So if it’s not your first tank and you’re addicted to the hobby, I highly recommend to
get perfect tool for you because it’s really enjoyable
to work with a pro tool. It’s super easy, it has a minimal weight,
ergonomic, it’s super fine, it’s very sharp all the time we never need to sharpen these scissors. It’s a perfect one,
there’s a straight version and a curved version,
depending on your needs. I do use both of them. (upbeat music) And here is the replanting
part I usually pick three or four cuttings
and put it back to tank. it doesn’t need to be in the soil because the plant will root itself,
it’s possible push apart. And then also will root
in the soil later on, so it’s just a matter of time. But it’s perfectly safe to keep it there. It will not rot, it will
have new fresh roots, and will grow quickly in a week or so. (upbeat music) Rotala sp. green is in the mean time is going to the back part of
the tank, and on the left side. (upbeat music) Meanwhile I really tried to
keep the red in the focus here, so the Rotala Vietnam ‘H’ra is something which catch your eyes when
you walk next to the aquarium and we will use kind of a mixture of the red and green stamp plants to have a great color contrast there. (upbeat music) Water sp. green if you’re
planting to the side it will lay down onto the carpet
and will grow very nicely. So I highly recommend this plant even for a small aquarium like this. But we also using this in
our large 650 liter tank. (upbeat music) The whole process of this
replanting depend on your speed is around an hour on this tank. I really just cut out every unnecessary video stops here so you can
see this kind of speed up. Yeah and you know if you’re
kind of an old guy like me and after some time you
get tired, just get a seat and have a desk next to
your tank and with the tray you can sit and do it really comfortably. It doesn’t need to be
too hard for your back and for you at all (upbeat music) So one thing when you’re
replanting these gardens I usually separate out
the different plants, Rotala sp. green is not
mixed with anything else Or this Rotala Vietnam ‘H’ra. Here just using a few cuttings from each and planting to one position. This will have a better
appearance than mixing up. Just plant it in a group. (upbeat music) So soon we are getting
there, where I want it to be, as you see I trimmed it very low but with the planting
back these small cuttings, the stem plants that are really short, like five centimeter or so. Here I hide the hole in the
center because that disturb me, so I use the Rotala sp. green. And because of the dual
tone color, I felt that it could be much more interesting, so I used an Aquaflora
pneumophila sp. Vietnam. This is a kind of an orangy plant and it match perfectly with the leaf shape of the existing plant. So I decided to use it on
the back of the tank behind the sp. green and the Rotala ‘H’ra. (upbeat music) Again just using a couple stems
here and there just to have kind of mixed feeling and you already can see that the tops would
be orange pinky color. That will soften up the contrast
between the green and red and we’ll give a much more natural look. (upbeat music) Yeah this one part is just
massive on top of the plant, so huge kudos to Aquaflora to producing such a beautiful plant. (upbeat music) Going back to the a little
bit to the light we’re using. Yeah, it’s good. It’s much better than it
was before, thanks Victor. (chuckles) (upbeat music) Right so going back to the
light a bit just doing stuff sits on the rest is highlighting
the red color a bit. meanwhile the green also looking good. If you’re focusing to red plants a light which is highlighting the
red is much more preferable. So it’s working quite well
we are not dimming down this strong light we’re
using with full power and it works perfect for us here. So now you see I’ve changed
the scissor to Wave scissor from ADA, this is also a very
nice carpet trimming a tool. And I speeded up the video
here to 200% just to make it more interesting, actually,
it’s maybe a little more faster. (upbeat music) This aquarium as I
mentioned is over a year old and in this time the
anemone and the scubas are starting to float up,
to lift up from the carpet. It doesn’t matter what
you do after some time, it may be need to be
replaced, so I’m trimming this carefully here to avoid
that and I’m trimming mainly the foreground part and
keep the back the same. It doesn’t matter if you trim
it too much and you will see brown patches here and there
because plants will grow back and you also can fix it anytime. (upbeat music) I’m trimming the plants
in between the rocks too. The instrument shape will give ’em. Yeah, kind of a fixed look, not a neglected
one if you understand what I mean. (upbeat music) So now I need to change my hand because the other part also need to be trimmed. It’s very thick on the front. We’re not sure how long we
will keep this layout, but in the meantime, we
wanted to fix the plants and give it around for
maybe a few more weeks or a few more months, we will see. And then we will change the
layout to something else for our visitor’s pleasure. (upbeat music) We are trimming the grass in the back too, if I do a trimming it’s always good idea you’re refreshing your carpet. (upbeat music) And as you see the fish
is doing quite well, so it’s speeded up maybe you see them swimming back and forth but it’s really not a shocking part for them. (upbeat music) Okay I turned on back the
filter and also the skimmer a little bit just to clean
up the mess but I wasn’t 100% confident about the water clarity so I do a quick 40% water
change approximately. I clean the carpet part,
removing the dirt from there. And just making sure that
you’re not sucking out any of the algae eaters, or the fishes in the aquarium in the meantime. With a paper towel you
can remove the plants from your glass easily. So whenever we do a water change and if we’ve trimmed the carpeting plants, we’re using the skimmer just pushing down to the water level and
we’re using the skimmer just to to clean up the surface. Meanwhile we are filling up the water. And this quite powerful and it’s removing most of the floating parts. (upbeat music) I’m filling up with the Arrow water and I will not remineralize the water because, we have serious
stones here which is hardening the water condition anytime. And we don’t have a
problem with the shrimp. So it’s not really enough
necessary to put it back. GH booster, something like that. (upbeat music) And now we are ready with the task. Skimmer is running, filter is running. We’re turning on the Finster back. CO2 wasn’t turned off,
if it’s a problem for you because you are losing too
much, you can turn it off. For a small tank like this
during the one hour maintenance it’s not causing any problems,
so it’s not a big mistake if you are leaving this on for that time. And for sure please do
not change the valve. Just shut off the electric valve or just close the tap
on your cylinder because then it will be much harder to refine again your CO change action if you change the valve position. As you see the water is
cleared up in one hour or two. It’s not a perfect
cleaning, it wasn’t goal to make it like a crystal clear tank. I knew that maybe need an hour or two and the tank would be
completely cleared up. (upbeat music) It’s fine for now we will
have maintenance understand with the filter cleaning later on. I just wanted to do some water
change and some trimming. So now if you go back and see the position where we started and say
this current trimming the tank doesn’t need to be look like it’s a trimmer tank at all,
so that’s the main goal. Always get the best colors
from the upper in this way, so we frequently use this technique. (upbeat music) Now see after three or four hours the tank is completely cleared up. We have a few floating
pieces, but that’s all. It’s cleared, and it’s ready to grow again (upbeat music) That was it. Please subscribe if you haven’t
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at least in our gallery, and also in our other projects. So thank you for your time guys and see you in our next video. (upbeat music)

Comments 74

  • Another fantastic tank and very interesting video! Congratulations to all of you guys – your tanks are amazing and I love the aesthetic look of your photos and videos. Definitely my favourite aquascaping channel here on youtube. I live in Vienna and will definitely visit your gallery sooner or later! Cheers!

  • You have a stunning showroom. Some great tips too. 👍

  • Great video 👏👍👊

  • Thx a lot. Nice video.

  • nice video and tank 🙂 Other question: which filter(s) or Liters/H do you recommend for a 120cm tank. Or what are your experiences? 1 filter setup, 2 filters etc? 🙂

  • Great , what is RO Water?

  • Can you use the HC Cuba trimmings?

  • Thank-you Green Aqua for showing your red plant tip-replanting tip 🙂 Question: which fish are these? Also, have they been in the tank for a while? (they look so small)

  • NAgyon jó videó és az angol is *5-ös 🙂 szép akvárium 😉 remélem hamarosan feljutok az új üzletbe és a galériába

  • love your channel boys 🙂 keep it up

  • Szuper videó! Amin meglepődtem, hogy mindíg ennyi vizet cseréltek? ez inkább tűnik 1/3-nak mint 1/2-nek 🙂 Üdv!

  • Jòl nèzz ki nagyon

  • What is the name of the aquarium with the lilly pipes sticking through the bottom of the tank?

  • Great video and great tank. Make a video on the filter cleaning process!

  • I cant get my H'ra to turn red for anything. Just a brownish orange.

  • What a great video.. Thanks for you time/work. Great info for me as a beginner..

  • Cool video Viktor !

  • Thanks Viktor! Nice tutorial on rotala replanting technique!

  • Excellent Video! So educational…
    Even professional Aquascapers have set-backs, hummm? It's good to know.
    And taking each of our tanks to it's optimum "Balance of Nature", where the presence of Algae is controlled (not abolished) is another battle common to Pro's and Rookies 😉 Good to know also!
    We're all more alike than apart!
    You guys rock, and these kind of detailed tutorials will take our Hobby to another level, I'm sure.
    It's like you said on George's Video at the Shop's opening: It's not about the money, it's about spreading the word and the passion for the Hobby that drives us.
    Super thanks and super congrats!
    Keep on scaping ou Dreams, my friends.
    Best regards from PORTUGAL

  • Great quality video, keep them coming.🤙

  • hello Viktor, really love the stem background 🙂
    i've some problem with rotala h'ra. planted on 30 cm tank. 2 month old. trimmed maybe over 6 times and still growing lay down to substrate. any advice to get upright the rotala ?
    thanks

  • Nice tank! How hard is your water here in tank, GH=?

  • HI, Why RO water without minerals addition and in maintenance other tanks you use gh plus?
    thanks. Great videos.

  • Just beautiful! I really like the replanting method. Haven't seen that done before, something to learn everyday! Sadly, I haven't managed to make my stem plants bushy yet. One question though, with this bushy growth, wouldn't the stems below rot from not getting light? Also is it ok to plant a few stems together instead of planting each stem individually? Thanks for making these vids!

  • Will Rotala Sp. Green and Rotala Vietnam Hra grow well without the addition of pressured c02 to the tank?

  • Great content! Glad to see more quality scaping videos popping up!
    Two questions though. How do you come about all the plantmass when you do this type of replanting? When you put back trimmings in between the old ones, doesnt it eventually suffocate the old plants?
    And you say the tank is a year old. How to still keep your hardscape so clean? I used to brush them heavily, but the algea always seem to win over me.

  • Great video. Beautiful tank!! Do the Clithon snails have clear or white eggs?

  • Thanks for taking the time to talk to me last week. You have a great place. Hope to see you again.

  • Yet more fantastic content. I learn so much from watching your videos and techniques. Thanks so much.

  • Amazing tanks! Could you please give more details of your ferts regime? I would really appreciate it!

  • Nice video again!! Great info video!

  • Great video, title was misleading though! I thought youd go more in detail on your dosing regimen

  • This is amazing! loving the tank and the colors! by any chance you have a retailer in the US? especially for the plants!

  • Amazing store, beautiful aquariums, and useful information for viewers. Thank you for sharing, good job guys.

  • Very nice video. Enjoy it

  • SUBS great tanks and thanks for the tips

  • Nice setup

  • Beautiful, congratulations

  • Csodálatok akvárium gratulálok hozzá! Egy kérdés: A rotala vietnam H'ra-t mikor visszalteted akkor megy vissza a talajba, vagy csak benyomod a növények közé és a léggyökerek majd leérnek?

  • New subscriber here. Very informative. Appreciate the time and effort it took you to show case this beautiful setup. Thumbs up my friend

  • so aquariophiles are gangsta now? 🙂 #nomusicffs

  • my birthday upload! you are aquarium amazing… Rotala Green, Rotala Hra beautiful…

  • R. rotundifolia is impervious to algae in high light level tanks. At least my reddish orange form is. Its right there with Vallisneria as never being a host to blue green,green spot or hair algaes..as my tank cycled. I wouldn't call it a fast grower..but as I said,my tank is relatively newly set up.

  • I asked this about the 650 tank as well. You said you're using seachem excel, how much do you put in this tank every day?

  • Hello

    I just want to know what kind of fish it is?

  • You guys do great work on your aquariums. I can't find any Chiton snails in my area. Have you ever tried Malaysian Trumpet snails?

  • Masterpiece! I dream to visit your studio. I wish your plants after shearing. 🤩

  • I really love this aquascape, and I am just getting started in the hobby. I got 1 question… Howmany liters of substrate are used for this scape? seems to be over 12L (9L +3L)? Love this aquascape 😀

  • I love the look of the tank – this is definitely a good idea for a new scape in my living room.

  • You make it like it's an easy work.. "Planting is easy guys''..

  • I was looking for a good way to trim stem plants especially Rotala, then I found this great video of yours. This is a different technique than that of advanced aquarist does. May I know if you always do replanting during trimming? Also, what happens to the old curvy stems after a week? Will they make your plants extremely bushy because the gap is now filled up with the newly planted tops.

  • hi, what u think if i use tropica specialist ad premium fertilizer(daily dosing) with excel? will be ok?

  • Hi Victor,
    This is another beautiful tank by Greenaqua. What is the secret behind the horizontal growth of Rotala Plants?
    Thanks,

  • Plant bro! awesome work thank you so much…

  • Great educational video Victor, nice to see how its done, great tanks as always

  • The panting back for the cut is plant back to substrate? TQ

  • Ez az egyik kedvencem a galériátokban. 🙂 Igazából mindegyik akvárium elképesztően szép nálatok, de ez valamiért nagyon megfogott. Lehet tudni, hogy ebben kb. hány kg kő lett felhasználva?
    Egyébként nagyon jók a videók, csak így tovább! 🙂

  • What sand do you use brother?

  • Only recently started looking at aquascaping videos and trying to get some education before spending money to get started. I really enjoy your videos! You guys have a nice mix to teach how to aquascape but also videos showing mature tanks and different styles. I really enjoy the guest scapers! I dont know if you have already done it, but a video about the different component like skimmers, filters, co2….. to help understand when they are needed and why would be most helpful!! Thanks again and you guys easily have the best channel!!! Just wish i lived near you to visit.

  • Good educational video, nice that you make it easy and random to understand

  • How often can you replant the tops anyway? After a few times doing this, you'll have 2-3 times the plant mass in the same spot. Doesn't that cause problems?

  • Dont forget to show the update after regrow

  • Jossss💪💪💪

  • Hey scaper, let me know about the stones that you used in this wonderfull aquascape tank, please. Very interesting. Tell me please…

  • It looks like you turned off the filtration, did you do that to avoid plant debri gettin in the filter ??

  • Hey Green Aqua ive returned to one of your old videos to compare it with my new scape. im using a Twinstar 600s on my ADA 60P but am having little luck not only with turning my H'ra red but also keeping my HC Cuba healthy. i have a lot of experience wit HC Cuba as it is my carpet in my nano and it is lush! i found the trick is to use super high intensity lighting. my concern for my 60p is perhaps the light isnt bright enough despite everyone else saying they do so well with the Twinstar 600s? my HC looks dark and small leaved, definitely not as healthy as the plants in your aquarium shown in the video. i was wondering if you had any advice? CO2 levels are high . As for the H'ra is it just a waiting game for the colour to grow in? Thankyou so much id appreciate any type of response. 🙂

  • Hey Victor we’ve chatted before.I live in Saint Augustine Fl,I’m getting back into Aquariums.Im in the process of getting a Adg Aquascaper 600.I recently ordered a Eos *0 D Camera.Looking forward to making a Vlog of the set up,and send it to you guys.Thank you Victor and Green Aqua staff for giving me tips .Keep in touch yall.

  • Do you use two different timers like others suggest? One for the Light and other for the Co2 Supply?

  • Gorgeous scape. Great video! I love the in depth informative style. Thank you for sharing. Keep 'em coming! – Little Bobby

  • wooow How to make this cave?

  • When you add fertilisers from
    Different brand doesn’t that change the chemical composition of the fertiliser?Example dosing ADA Mineral and Seachem Iron, potassium at the same time ? Or do you dose it after couple of hour apart from each other?

  • Hello victor. Thank you for this extremely informative video! I was wondering what glass in and outflow exactly you're using over here. Keep up the awesome channel. I'm learning so much from you guys

  • hello is the twinstar s series lumen enough for hc cuba

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