This FRESHWATER Scape is as COLORFUL as a REEF Tank


Hi, I’m Alex and this is Tank Tested.
Today we’re looking at a freshwater tank that has plants with colors that you’d
normally only see in saltwater corals. I mean look at those colors! The 75 gallon tank were looking at today is the second of four tanks we’ll be looking at
in the month of August. If this tank doesn’t catch your fancy, stick around to
the end and I’ll be showing you a preview of next week’s aquascape. If you
want to see all of Kris’s scapes, please hit subscribe if you haven’t
already. Now here’s Kris to introduce you to
this week’s tank. So the 75 gallon is in a lot of ways a farm tank. I guess you could call it somewhat of a collector-itis jungle aquascape. Certainly it
would not meet the classic definition of a Dutch scape—even though there are a
ton of stem plants in there. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite plant in the 75 gallon right now, but I definitely have some plants that I enjoy looking at. I think the Limnophila aromatica “mini” that is kind of going from the front to the back… I really like how that’s growing in the tank. It has decent color. growing in that tank has decent color
I’ve seen it in a lot of other tanks where it’s really just a green land
plant it also stays more mid-level under that light, so I can use it as a hedge.
It’s just an overall I think a solid plant. I also like on the on the left side we
have the bright green Hygrophila odora with a very fine leaf just because it
doesn’t take that many plants to create a whole wall of green. And then you can
use that as your background and use other plants in front of it to accent—to
get the the darker reds in the needle leaf form against the frilly leaf of the Hygrophila. I’ve always been a fan of the Rorippa aquatica, just because it’s a
odd-looking plant. It reproduces off of dead leaves so you’ll find new ones floating around. it’s a neat rosette doesn’t get too big
and has you know a different look than anything else that you typically see the
75 is a little bit unique in that it actually drives growth that’s different
than what you see in a lot of other tanks and that’s because I have three
build my led bars over top the parts up straight is roughly 300 to 350 which is
excessively high I’m gonna step in here for a second Chris mentioned his lights
they are build by LED lights and they look kind of like this but this is only
at about 10% this is what I build my LED light looks like and Chris has three of
them together they have an output of about 300 part the substrate level and
about a thousand par of the surface of the water now if you’re not familiar
with parts a measure of light output in the wave range that plants typically
consume it but to really understand what 300 bar mean
keep in mind that a typical high-tech aquascape has a part the substrate of
somewhere in the 50 to 120 part range so this is more than double the high-end of
what I high-tech aquascape uses that means Chris is kind of playing with fire
because Chris is so good at balancing light levels plant mass co2 and
fertilization he’s able to push the light to a higher level than any entry
level office paper should ever attempt that’s why the greens are brighter and
the Reds are much more vivid what I like about it is you can get some really
vibrant vivid coloration from the lights deep reds and you can also get growth
patterns where plants grow more compact and sometimes even will creep or more
recumbent than you will in other cases so it’s a matter of figuring out and
kind of seeing how plants adapt and then knowing that when you want to use them
an escape you can understand if you want them to act one way what your light
levels need to be a versus and in another it’s because Chris is pushing
everything in this tank to the limit that the plants look the way they do but
that’s not my favorite part of this scape many of the plants in escape are
actually native to my area and we’re collected by either Chris or other
members of guava the aquatic plant Association that I am a member of the
native plants come in because doing annual collecting trips in the spring
summer fall when it’s warm enough to collect there’s a lot of fun to go out
with friends and see what you find in the in the environment around us we’ve
been pretty successful finding some pretty interesting plants to be able to
find something in your backyard have it turn out to be something interesting
something different something that’s particularly applicable for aquascaping
it’s neat because it has a story behind it
some of the more successful ones in the back right we have Ludwig eix lacustrine
which is a natural hybrid of the three gonna provide these and blue stris
that’s a excellent background stem plant I guess some other oddball ones there’s
a spiky kind of grass or Reed looking plant that’s a junkie sub called datas
that we got last year that’s growing pretty interesting it’s not a fast
grower but I think it could have some potential a number of other Ludwig he is
Ludwig II at poly carpa which is a nice creeping kind of mid ground I think if
you trimmed it aggressively potentially even use it as to add color in areas in
your foreground we have some oldies but goodies some bacopa Carolyn Jana that
has a lot of color there in the middle on the left keeping a Maryland variety
of oh so prone a couple loose terrace which looks more like a miracle um than
it does the pro Soper NACA that we’re used to seeing from Cuba which is in the
trade there’s quite a few other native plants that are in the tank but there’s
approximately notable ones but before you go out and collect your own plants
the next part of this video is really the most important part right so it’s very important to know
when you’re thinking about taking plants from the wild that you know the laws of
the area that you’re in in most cases unless you have prior permission that
precludes collecting from state parks national parks and you need to make sure
that whatever you’re collecting is not endangered or threatened in any way
because you don’t want to in any way have your hobby adversely impact the
ecosystem around you if you’re in an area and you see plants and you see
something interesting and it’s the only one in that area you probably still do
not want to collect it because if there’s only a few left you want to
leave it there to hopefully grow and receive the population in the future if
you’d like to see more of this aquarium I’ve left a link in the description with
almost 30 minutes of footage and I’ll link it in the in slate of this video as
well so that’s the second aquarium in Chris’s fish room now as promised here’s
a preview of the third I’ll see you next week you

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