#620: 1100L Dutch Aquascape

Raymond Duindam Alkmaar, Netherlands

Awards and Comments

First Place
This is a perfect example of the Dutch style.
— Phil Edwards
Where Dutch Style has a good reputation in general all over the world it also has some prejudice all over it. Some people say they do not like the style because it is old fashioned and the plants used are also not so nice.

Well I say this tank could be used as an example to stop all of such arguments. This is Dutch Style aquarium at its very best. Just look at the plant collection: a lot of "modern" plants are in there and all looking to be in perfect health.

The Otellia is not just a stunning focal point (especially in the combination with the L. inclinata) but also gives the aquarium an amazing sense of depth.

I would also like to point out with this example aquarium that hardscape materials CAN be used in Dutch Style. Just as long as it is done properly like in this tank.
— Marco Aukes
Impressive Dutch aquascape on a very dramatic scale! I love the mix of colors textures and placement to create this Dutch layout! Great job!
— Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 230 × 68 × 70 cm
Volume 1100L
Plants 1.Potamogeton malaianus
2.Echinodorus parviflora
3.Ludwigia ovalis
4.Hygrophyla balsamica
5.Hydrocotyle cf tripartita
6.Rode lotus
7.Ottelia ulvifolia
8.Staurogyne sp.
9.Blyxia japonica
10.Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata ‘Cuba’
11.Micranthemum umbrosum
12.Bacopa monnieri
13.Ludwigia sp. super red
14.Lobelia cardinalis ‘small form’
15.Hygrophila corymbosa ‘stricta’
16.Myriophyllum spec. "From Roraima"
17.Cryptocoryne crispatula var. Balansae
•Fissidens fontanus on wood
•Microsorum trident (on the backwall)
Animals •Boraras brigittae, 75x
•Nannobrycon eques, 15x
•Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki, Thailand, 15x
•Megalamphodus megalopterus, 20x
•Apistogramma ramirezi ‘blue’, 5x
•Rhinogobius wui, 12x
Additional Information This aquarium, I made because I care, I could not find in a standard container that time. It is a wooden tank whose inside is fitted with polyester. There is an overflow filter to keep the top water layer for maximum light for the plants.

The gravel layer is about 12cm thick at the front and sloping up to the back to about 20cm. This I made so because I think it is important that plants can take root properly. With a bottom heating I will take care for circulation in the soil, in order to avoid rotting. The water values ​​are around:

Ph 6.8, GH 6, Kh 3, PO4 0.5, NO3 10, uS + - 380, Temp 25 degrees

I change about 70 liters per week. 50% osmosis water and 50% tap water. Do weekly under hound. Plant and fish food I give every day. Profito plant food for the fish and mainly dry food, granules and tablets so that there is food for all water layers. In addition to fishing there are a lot of shrimp.

Main inspiration comes from painting to create depth an important documentary for me Holland Light.

I do not use soil. When the marsh plants I added red clay.

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