The Aquarium Guide

Aram Schneider Interview

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For starters, can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Aram; I am 36 years old and I live in Germany.

I am a musician, but my pastime with aquariums has become a passion for me.

When did you first start with aquascaping?

I used to have an aquarium when I was a child, but stopped the hobby as a teenager. After several years, at the age of 30, I reactivated my love for aquariums.

However, aquascaping, Nano aquariums, and the keeping of dwarf shrimp were completely new to me.

Of course, after I discovered the works of Takashi Amano, I became infatuated with this hobby.

There are different styles of aquascaping out there; what’s your favorite one and why?

I like the perspective style aquascapes the most since they are truly underwater landscapes with a great sense of depth and beauty. The realism they depict fascinate me.

Where do you get your inspiration for your aquascapes?

Of course I draw infinite inspiration from the works of other scapers and Mr. Amano, but the most important inspiration is nature itself.

Inspiration can be drawn when you go for a walk through the woods or climbing a mountain.

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What is your favorite species of aquatic plant or fish?

My favorite plants are all types of mosses. Mainly, I use small mosses like fissidens or riccardia in my aquascapes.

Regarding fish, I often choose smaller fish with a pleasant schooling effect.

Please describe your current aquarium setup.

I always have different setups running at the same time. Mainly, I choose setups with a low maintenance requirement meaning low light, easy maintenance plants, and not many water changes.

Of course, I utilize CO2 and some fertilizer for good plant health.

What’s the aquascaping scene like in your country? Is it popular?

In Germany, aquascaping is still a trend, not mainstream.

Most people are only interested in suitable and swift plant growth rather than in creating landscapes under water.

Nevertheless, we do have a small scene of wonderful people with a good network of aquascaping knowledge.

Of course, the quantity could be bigger, but we are a work in progress and have innumerable potential.

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What advice would you give to newcomers who are interested to start aquascaping?

My first piece of advice is it is all about good hardscape, so take your time when setting up a new layout.Aram Schneider

Take pictures and share them in aquascaping communities to get some advice and feedback.

Aquascaping is not a hobby that can be haphazardly undertaken; it is an investment and takes time, care, and passion.

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