Dutch Styles One of the oldest aquascaping styles and in my opinion one of the hardest aquascaping layouts to master. It is based on taking vibrant aquatic plants and planting them in tight uniform groups. The aquascaper achieves depth and height in the layout by following a the "Golden Rule" aka "The Rule of Thirds". In brief, this visual rule is based on dividing an aquascape or picture into thirds, and placing focal points in each section. Dutch layouts illustrate a mastery of trimming techniques, plant placement, and plant selections. Here's a few example of Dutch inspired Aquascapes from the Netherland VVVivarium Aquascaping Competition. Please discuss the techniques involved in creating a Dutch Aquascape, and feel free to share your own Dutch Style aquariums. (Click here to discover other aquascaping styles). -John N.