THE FIRST THREE COMPETITORS VIDEO
Aquascaping Contest Winners AE
Video From SUNDAY with the TROPHY
How to Aquascape with Oliver Knott Part 1
How to Aquascape with Oliver Knott Part 2
How to Aquascape with Oliver Knott Part 3
Location: Brooklyn, NY
When did you first start working on aquariums?
12 years ago
What are your favorite aquascaping materials?
Ohko stone is my favorite material to work with, by far. It’s lightweight and versatile, with beautiful angles, spires, and a dappled light color. Cleaning the compacted clay out gives it an almost gothic shape with lofty arches and buttresses. Choose the right stone or leave the compacted clay, and it gives a smoother, water worn appearance. It is a softer stone that can be carved with a chisel or even an X-Acto knife. Fitting Ohko stones together in a scape is easier, as you can create a joint with certain parts of the stone given enough time and patience.
What are your thoughts on the state of the planted aquarium hobby in the US today?To sum up in a word - Availability. The availability of knowledge, equipment, plants, and confidence.
The ease of locating good quality, yet affordable equipment and plants is certainly a huge contributor to the state of the hobby. As I was clearing my cache last night and using a search engine I rarely use, (BING) I attempted to find the specialized equipment and plants that I prefer. After two hours of searching, I only found ⅓ of what I was looking for. You can blame algorithms or SEO’s, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s impossible to find specialized equipment and plants in the US. You have to be in the ‘know’ to find these items or pay extra to ship from overseas. This is extremely frustrating to the average hobbyist. This inability to locate and purchase affordable equipment is holding the United States back.
This leads to problem two. Compromise. The lack of easily found equipment leads the novice to buy subpar plants and equipment, normally from a chain store. They are duped by terrible advice in the name of sales. The plants melt, and the equipment fails. Desperate, the novice turns to internet forums looking for help. Unfortunately, some of the elders in these online communities have lived in compromise for so long they perpetuate the stagnant nature that has become the hobby norm. The novice looks at their tank, with melted plants and dying fish, then at their computer screen, filled with beautiful, lush tanks from around the world. The novice throws up their hands and gives up. I feel this is what happens to many with interested in this hobby, and it is a great sadness and loss. To be successful for now, you have to be stu...
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