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Stunning Dutch-style 530L (140G) "Softscape"

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 28, 2015 09:00 AM
We're ashamed to admit we don't give "Dutch" planted aquariums as much as press as "nature" aquariums, which rely heavily on rocks and driftwood (AKA hardscapes). However, aquariums like this remind us you can create immensely colorful, layered, textured aquascapes by simply using plants.

Maciej Grzywna titles this aquarium "Magicznej Krainy," which is Polish for "The Land of Magic" ... quite the appropo title.  Unlike nature-style aquariums which feature rocks and driftwood throughout the design, Dutch-style aquariums rely on the plants themselves to create the aquascape.  Thus the selection of plants is paramount.  The tank contains the following plant species:

Ammania sp. ‘Bonsai’
Alternanthera renickii ‘Pink’
Alternanthera renickii 'Rosanervig'
Ceratopteris thalictroides
Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Mi Oya’
Cyperus helferi
Echinodorus sp. Mini
Echinodorus ‘Reni’
Eustralis 'Stellata Grof'
Hemianthus micranthemoides
Hemianthus callitrichoides ‘Cuba’
Heteranthera zosterifolia
Hydrocotyle tripartite
Glossostigma elatinoides
Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
Limnophila Aromatica
Limnophila Hippuroides
Ludwigia sp.
Ludwigia glandulosa
Ludwigia repens ‘Rubin’
Mech Weeping moss (Vesicularia ferriei)
Mech Phoenix moss (Fissidens fontanus)
Micranthemum ‘Monte Carlo’
Microsorum pteropus ‘Trident’
Myriophyllum tuberculatum
Nesaea crassicaulis
Pogostemon erectus
Pogostemon helferi
Proserpinaca palustris
Rotala Rotundifolia
Rotala sp Vietnam
Rotala Wallichii
Staurogyne repens

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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