I see a very good reason to NOT include Hardscape and CO2 also to a a Traditional Dutch Aquascape....because it's no longer Traditional. I offer the easiest way to deal with the "debate" is add a classification.
Traditional would be No CO2, No heated Cables and hold plant selection to the roughly 20-50 back then. Keep the traditional Dutch tank a test of aquaculture skills without aide/crutches of technology. Promote the ridged rules of days gone buy. Don't dumb it down for the weak of heart. Keep it a true challenge of the hobby.
~ Create a "Modern" Dutch Classification to reflect curent trends in equipment & taste in appearance.
Last edited by DogFish; 01-29-2014 at 03:11 AM.