Miguel Ángel García Plágaro
#793 Through The Looking Glass
#550 Escape from Lockdown
Iwan wibawa gunawan
#822 Little England - Tally
JONATHAN AQUÁRIO HOLANDÊS
#851 The Garden of Colors
Marcelo Ebrahim Dowsley Coura Filho
#422 Color is a beauty and serenity
SHAHIFAZRIN BIN SAMSUDIN
#333 The Royal Bengal Aqua Garden
M Reza Mazinanian
Sadly only 4 of 26 entries this year can claim to be true Dutch tanks.
Some of the best looking tanks are ranked low because aquarists simply do not know the rules of Dutch composition. I expect several entrants to feel wronged because less attractive tanks ranked higher than theirs.
Wall-to-wall meadows of red stem plants does not make it a Dutch tank. The thought 'If only they knew the rules they'd easily win this!' crossed my mind several times.
To counter this I will help the AGA publish a free downloadable PDF that clearly outlines the Do's and Dont's of Dutch style aquascaping. Read it. Apply it. Come back next year and dominate.
Luckily we see more and more competitors entering this category that follow those basics. And one will see from the top rankings that there are many different approaches on the style.
If your tank is low ranked that does not mean it does not look nice. It most of the times means that you have not followed the basic principles of the Dutch Style.
Sadly we're still having issues with people not reading the rules and submitting tanks that don't fit the requirements for being a true Dutch aquascape. This is a type of aquascape that requires adherence to a strict set of guidelines to be considered appropriate for the category. When designing your aquascape please take the time to research what an actual Dutch aquascape is and read the category rules carefully before entering.