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post #11 of 13 Old 12-20-2012, 01:46 AM
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Originally Posted by redchigh View Post
When I hear dutch, I think of it as the a tank designed in the dutch aquascaping style, like so:

80-90% of the substrate covered with stem plants of contrasting heights, colors, and shapes. Normally the plants are divided into 'terraces' or 'channels' to give the illusion of depth.
I always wanted to do a tank that way before i actually got into planted tank and keeping fish. Dutch just doesn't allow for much fish options. Its not the best setup for them. Though I have to say they always look really awesome

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post #12 of 13 Old 12-20-2012, 07:28 AM
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Dutch planted tanks are true works of art. Add to that the amount of care needed and I am totally in awe of anyone who can create one. No matter how hard I try, my planted tanks look like I have no fingers and keep my eyes closed while planting.

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post #13 of 13 Old 12-20-2012, 12:02 PM
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I think this has already been mentioned, but it won't hurt to repeat. In the "Dutch" style aquarium, as in the "Nature" aquarium of Mr Amano, the emphasis is on plants and design, not fish. These are works of art, but not always suitable habitats for fish. If one explores the natural habitat of the fish species, one readily comprehends this fact.

Dutch planted tanks often have no fish at all. These are aquatic gardens. Emphasis is on the needs of the plants.

My tanks are fish tanks, that happen to have live plants in them. This is a completely different and in some ways opposite approach.


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