• Welcome to ScapeCrunch!

    We are a friendly, online community of people interested in planted aquariums. We support and help each other learn and grow. It is our sincere hope that you will join us and find our tight-knit community valuable and fun!

    ScapeCrunch is different than Facebook Groups. Here's how:

    • It is a place where you can make long-term friends in the planted aquarium hobby and have long, multi-day talks on specific subjects.
    • Unlike social media, online communities like ScapeCrunch are much better at curating collective knowledge and in fostering deeper relationships.
    • They lend themselves better at long-form discussions.
    • You can maintain a thread on your personal aquarium with pictures and details. Other members can comment, help and ask questions. You can do the same with their Member Tank threads.

    Where Facebook is more like a large city-wide party, ScapeCrunch is more like your neighborhood bar "where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came." It's always fun to go to large parties but it's at the local bar that you feel people really know you. The great part is that you can and should go to both!

    Please consider joining to become a full fledged member of our growing community of planted aquarium obsessed enthusiasts. Let's grow together!

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Hello Hi from the Netherlands

Frank Vugts

New Member
Nov 2, 2022
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Hi, my name is Frank.
Aquascaper since 2020. Fishkeeping and breeding plants and animals since the 90s, 13y professional experience as an aquarist and head zoologist. Animals are great, plants are awesome, people are amazing. I run 2 to 5 aquascapes at home, am part of the technical advisory committee in my cities aquatic association and I'm training to be a judge at Dutch national aquatic association. Also I run a Dutch website and Facebook group on planted tanks and aquascaping.

Looking at my history you may think I should be quite knowledgeable, but I seem to learn more and more every day. And that's what I'm here for.

Hope to find lots of interesting people and interactions her.

Groetjes Frank

Welcome Frank! It's great to have you here. We just had a discussion about Dutch aquascaping and someone was asking where the Dutch members were! Good timing.

I'm looking forward to learning from you. Many of us Americans have recently gotten into the Dutch-inspired look. One of our founding members, @GreggZ, tank is Dutch inspired, in my opinion, and I think his as well. You can see his tank in his Build Thread. I tried my hand at it as well.
Hello Frank and welcome. Sound like you have a lot of experience and are active in the hobby. I love to see that.

I look forward to seeing some of your tanks. You should consider starting a build thread. It's a great way to foster discussion about your tank and the hobby.