• 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 Howdy from Texas :)


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Nov 15, 2022
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Austin, TX
What's up everyone! My name is Hiep Hong, I've been aquascaping since around 2011-2012 but I have been seriously keeping fish since around 2004. I started off as a large predatory fish enthusiast (some may remember me as JESToner or HiepSTA on waterwolves and Monsterfishkeepers forums) and then found my way into aquascaping through picking up dwarf shrimps as a hobby.

fast forward to 2022 and now I have realized my dreams by making aquascaping my full time job. I am the Brand Representative and content marketing associate for Ultum Nature Systems. Some of you also might know me from my #4 ranking in the IAPLC back in 2018.

Anyway, I hope to engage with all of you and hopefully teach a thing or two based on my experience as well as learn from everyone as well!


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Welcome, Hiep. I'm so happy you're here and thanks for being willing to represent UNS and share you knowledge with all of us!

I REALLY liked your entry in 2018. I think you called it Greener Where You Water It?

I am a nature aquarium style guy so I can truly appreciate it. Would you say that is your style? Kinda like Masashi Ono?

Welcome to the site Hiep. That is a beautiful aquacape.

I look forward to hearing more about your tanks and your methods.