2017 AGA Aquascaping Contest

Dutch Aquascape

Comments from Judges

In general I am glad to see that this category is showing more and more contestants that have a better understanding of the Dutch Style. If the current competitors put a bit more effort into some of the details of this style, the overall competition might even come up with a winner from this category. Keep up the good work and hopefully we will see many of you back in the next year!

On disqualifications: The Dutch Style category is not a category where each tank that is neither a biotope nor Nature style can enter. Also people seem to misunderstand that Dutch Style is just a tank without hardscape material. In fact, most Dutch style tanks use hardscape as well, but only to a limited extent. But the Dutch Style is more, so much more than just that. Clear contrasts between groups of plants. Correct use of focal points. No excessive use of red plants. Variation in heights, color and leaf shapes. Use of streets of plants, combined with strong groups to create an additional sense of depth. Limitations to the amount of different plants used and no repetition of the same species. So many rules and guideliness and as such so many criteria that have to be ticked to qualify as a Dutch Style tank. We as judges were already extremely lenient when one or maybe even two criteria were not met. But with more boxes remaining unticked we had no other option to disqualify them. Having that said, it does not mean that all of the DQ tanks are awful. Some of them are actually pretty nice. But they are NOT Dutch style and therefore had to be DQ'ed

Marco Aukes

As some say "The Devil is in the details." The top entries this year came down to small details. I'm very pleased to see more people taking the time to practice the VERY specific techniques required of the Dutch style. I've always described this method of aquascaping as "A minute to learn, a lifetime to master," and it's true. Keep up the effort folks, you're helping this category continue to improve. Sadly, as with the biotopes there were a number of entries that had to be disqualified. It's a common misconception that aquascapes with minimal or no hardscape and the different species more or less grouped together is Dutch. That is not the case. These days there are a number of resources out there; including past winners of this category that will help teach the specifics. Even if you can't understand the language, pictures can teach a lot!

Phil Edwards
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First Place
Joe Harvey
United States of America
Second Place
chen meng chun
Taiwan
Third Place
Scott Miller
USA
William Chang
Taiwan
Winardi
Indonesia
Pablo Fernandez
Spain
Sim Kian Hong
Malaysia
Sohan Patel
United States
Alen Hodžić
Hrvatska
Pavel Skorupa
Lithuania
chen meng chun
Taiwan
Alexander Ali
US
Nicolette Nagy
Hungary
Disqualified
Ehud Cohen
Israel
Disqualified
DaChun Jian
Taiwan
Disqualified
Dama Refiyuda
Indonesia
Disqualified
Abhishankar Adhikary
India
Disqualified
Irsyaq T9
indonesia
Disqualified
Sabine Behrens
Germany
Disqualified
Dario Pezzoni
Italia
Disqualified
Farhad Taraj
Iran
Disqualified
Sunny Chou
Taiwan
Disqualified
Marian Sterian
Romania
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