Dutch Style Aquascaping - Information And Resources

Nada Mucho

After much research into Dutch aquascaping I wanted to share what I'd learned with the public. I hope this post will make it much easier to find good information. Please share any additional resources you might have and I will add them to the list when appropriate. Happy scaping!

Dutch Style Aquascaping Information



A gallery of stunning Dutch tanks which really shows why this style is considered to be the most pleasing to the eye. Be careful or you might get hooked!

Translation of a Dutch article which includes historical background of the annual NBAT championship, hardware, scoring system and guide to the Dutch style of aquascaping. This is a very good article and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested.


Detailed guide by George Farmer, AGA Champion aquascaper, detailing the setup up his first Dutch style tank. This is a very detailed article including planning, lighting, CO2, plants included and position, pruning, maintenance, costs and actual instructions and pictures of the physical setup from start to finish. Highly recommended.

Very good article about the actual layout of a tank. The rule of thirds, variety and contrast, streets, traditional plants, plant groups, terracing and equipment.

Good high level guide to the Dutch style. Discussed are features, design and layout, common plants, recommended fish, equipment and maintenance.

Tour of amazing Dutch tanks with hi-rez pictures. The tank stands and room position are show to good effect.

Overall guide to the Dutch style. This article includes common plants and fish used in this type of aquascaping. Not long but informative and worth the read.

Aquatic Gardeners Association
Official site of the AGA. Well known for their yearly aquascaping contest.


General Aquascaping Information

More information on the rule of thirds, focal points, scale, substrate size, stones and contrast. Quite informative and useful.

Very detailed and thorough guide to aquascaping. Sub-articles on lighting, substrate, CO2, liquid fertilizers and ornaments. Lots of information here plus it's well presented and easy to read. Don't skip this one.

Great information about building a tank with the most eye catching design. If you want your tank to look good then you should understand these concepts.

Great little guide on how to prune plants for the best look. Short but sweet with great pictures to demonstrate the steps and results. If you are interested in the Dutch style you should probably read it.
 

-Mak-

Really good info here! I've never been a huge fan of the dutch style but I'm very tempted to change my mind right now The beauty of just plants themselves is undeniable.

And... anybody have any idea what type of fish are in the third picture here?
 

CROWNTAILBETTA

And... anybody have any idea what type of fish are in the third picture here?
Those are rainbowfish.
 

Nada Mucho

Really good info here! I've never been a huge fan of the dutch style but I'm very tempted to change my mind right now The beauty of just plants themselves is undeniable.

And... anybody have any idea what type of fish are in the third picture here?

-Mak- so glad you found the thread useful. When I started looking at this hobby I was looking exclusively at Nature style tanks. I happen to run across a Dutch tank and thought it was very appealing to the eye. I started looking and now I'm hooked and planning my first tank. It's nice to know you are giving the style a look. Cheers!
 

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