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The traditional planted Dutch or Holland aquarium follows an orderly, often symmetrical arrangement, in which multiple types of plants having diverse leaf colors, in a flower garden.

This style was developed in the Netherlands starting in the thirties - forties of the 20th century, the freshwater aquarium equipment became commercially available.

It emphasizes plants on terraces of different heights, and frequently omits rocks and driftwood. Linear rows of plants running left-to-right are referred to as the "Dutch streets." Tall growing plants that cover the back glass originally served the purpose of hiding bulky equipment in the tank.


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Dit type aquarium is wereldwijd daarom als Nederlands- of Hollands aquarium bekend.

In this case, Rijen planten, meestal lopend van links naar rechts in naar achteren, vaak ook enigszins omhoog, worden "straatjes" genoemd. From "straatjes" suggereren diepte. Grotere planten worden achterin het aquarium geplaatst, lagere voorin.

Meester worden in deze aquaria slechts een beperkt aantal of zelfs geen vissen gehouden. Het gaat hier niet om de vissen, maar om de planten.

(Camera-instelling bij deze opname: Belichtingstijd: 30 - 35 seconden - Diaphragm 22)