This aquascape is replicating the Dutch style. It is the oldest style of planted tank aquascapes. The basis of a Dutch style aquascape is utilizing contrasting leaf sizes and shapes to create a beautiful underwater garden. Another key factor to Dutch style is that there are very few hardscaping elements. Hardscapes would typically incorporate elements such as wood and rocks that are often placed as dividers to separate plant species. In a Dutch style, the contrasting leave shapes are different enough to create this separation without the need for wood and rocks.
Dutch style will typically use rows of plants at different heights. This aquascape feature consists of three rows of decor- long stem plants in the back row, grassy medium height plants in the middle row, and small plugs and moss balls for the final and smallest row at the front. Typically a Dutch style aquarium would fill the entire tank. This was not done on this tank as the plastic plants would become too dense to house fish. A clear beach area was used to create an open swimming space for fish to swim freely. It runs along the entire length and front to back to optimize swimming room. It should be noted that the tank used in this display is smaller than the one(s) we normally use in our Themed Aquarium of the Month displays (it is a 10 gallon standard tank rather than the usual 20 gallon tank). This was done to allow for the tall plants to reach the top of the tank with ease.
Join in on Big Al’s Dutch Delight! At the edge of a clear white sand beach lies the entrance to a monolithic stem plant garden. At the forefront waits Big Al ready to show off the classic Dutch style garden.