#478: 142L Dutch Aquascape: My First Dutch Scape
Sim Kian Hong, Taman Teknologi Johor, Senai Johor Malaysia | E-mail: simkianhong at gmail.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

It is would not have been for the title, we would have disqualified the tank. However, the title in combination with the strong contrasts and great looking plants triggered me to at least give a bit more guidelines towards a full Dutch Style tank. Currently there is a lack of real foreground plants. They are there, but they all stop more or less in a straight line a few centimeters away from the front glass. In s Dutch tank, the forground shows more variations in height and leaves just a few open spaces. Putting a red plant in the forward left corner pulls all attention and focus to that point. In a Dutch tank, such a plant is placed on one of the strong points according to the rule of thirds. Last but not least; the total compostion would benefit form more variations in height as well.

Marco Aukes


Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
90 x 45 x 35 cm (35 x 18 x 14 in)
142L (38 gallons)
ONF FlatOne 90cm, 90w. 10-12 hours per day
Eheim 2217 - with ADA Bio Rio
Additional Information
This is my very first attempt at Dutch type aquarium and i think i like it!
My First Dutch Scape
1) Alternanthera Reineckii Forma 2) Rotala Nanjenshan 3) Ludwigia Arcuata 4) Rotala sp Goais 5) Riccardia Chamedryfolia 6) Limnophila sp Vietnam 7) Ludwigia sp Inclinata var 8) Luwidgia sp White 9) Limnophila Aquatica 10) Macrandra sp mini super red 11) Ranunculus Papulentus 12) Eusteralis Stellata 13) Blyxa Japonica 14) Marsilea Hirsuta 15) Staurogyne sp
1) Caridina Japonica 2) Otocinclus Affinis 3) Paracheirodon Axelrodi 4) Paracheirodon simulans