art, science and business of aquascaping


Filipe Oliveira – the treescaper

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. This quote from Eduardo De Bono captures how I think about Filipe Oliveira’s aquascaping. He’s an artist that pushes boundaries to move art forward. His famous treescapes are just an example. It is my great pleasure to introduce you to Filipe Oliveira, a professional aquascaper from...

Aquascaping practice – tank on fire #5

Aquascaping Practice – Tank on Fire #5 Good morning, this is Art Phnom, and this is the Tank on Fire podcast. Thank you so much for tuning in and spending a few minutes with me talking about planted aquariums in our hobby and aquascaping . I hope you’re enjoying it. I am very thankful and appreciative that you’ve chosen to listen today. I thought we should talk a little bit...

Xiaozhuang “Dennis” Wong – the 2hr aquarist

Dennis Wong burst onto the global planted aquarium and aquascaping scene from out of nowhere. He did it by releasing his content-packed website, 2hr Aquarist, which is one of the best online resources out there for the planted aquarium hobbyist. Just by going through his website, you can already get a feel for Dennis Wong’s mind. He’s meticulous, a careful and detailed researcher, a...

Jeff Miotke – an american aquascaper

I met Jeff Miotke at the 2015 Aquatic Gardeners Association Convention in beautiful Washington, DC. At the time, he was relatively unknown in the aquascaping community but, when I saw his aquascapes, I was flat out amazed! As I wrote in an interview I did with him in 2016 that became ScapeFu episode 57 – Get to Know Jeff Miotke, “[Jeff] has got talent, determination and focus.”...

The Aquascaping Story of Takashi Amano Video

Our friend, Nigel Hoevenaar, has published a beautifully produced video of his 2019 trip to the Nature Aquarium Party and Japan – The Aquascaping Story of Takashi Amano. It’s extremely well done. Serene, contemplative and entertaining. Oh, and he happened to rank 26th in the world that year!

Thanks, Nigel, and congratulations!

Go enjoy it!



Steven Chong – the mind of a competitive aquascaper

Steven Chong is a unique aquascaper. He crosses two (maybe three) cultures and brings this into the melting pot of his mind when it comes to his aquascaping. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Steven. I came away full of confidence that there are young aquascapers out there that share Takashi Amano’s philosophical vision, his rebellious (in a good way) spirit, and who are completely...

Balazs Farkas & Green aqua

“So, I have a friend I was just speaking with that I think we should bring on the show. His name is Balazs.” This is how I first became aware of who Balazs Farkas was. It was just some pre-talking with Jurijs Jutjajevs before hitting the record button for an episodes of The ScapeFu Podcast. It was January 2015 and it turned into ScapeFu Podcast Episode 22: An Interview with Balazs...

Meet Gregg Zydeck – Dutch Inspired good guy

Every hobby, organization or business has someone who people refer to as a really “good guy“. You know the type- humble, always willing to help, great attitude. Gregg Zydeck is that guy for the US planted aquarium hobby. Through Planted Tank (TPT – an online, planted aquarium forum) and Facebook Groups, Gregg has helped hundreds of people grow and remain in the planted aquarium...

Art of Aquascaping – George Farmer podcast

Our friend and professional aquascaper from the UK has released the first episode of Season 2 of the George Farmer Podcast. It’s entitled, “The Art of Aquascaping“. If you don’t know George Farmer, he’s a pillar in the global aquascaping world and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Always willing to help others and share his vision for a better world...

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