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The inspiration, design, and science of aquascaping and the planted aquarium.

Episode Date
Episode 48: WE’RE BACK
We’re back! Ja & Shawn catch up on a variety of aquascaping topics.
Jul 01, 2018
Episode 47: Jeff Senske
Two giants sit down for a chat: George Farmer & Jeff Senske of Aquarium Design Group. Aquarium Design Group: ADG on Facebook:
Oct 28, 2017
Episode 46: What We Wish We Knew
George Farmer, Hiep Hong, J Art, & Shawn talk about the things they wish they knew when they started aquascaping.
Sep 20, 2017
Episode 45: ALGAE & why we don’t talk about it.
This week Shawn & J talk about algae and why they don’t talk about it on the show.
Sep 12, 2017
Episode 44: Objection!
This week, Shawn’s rebuttal to a recent video on RO water from a very popular online fish guy.
Sep 01, 2017
Episode 43: What is your dream scape?
This week, J gives a quick update and Shawn has a public service announcement for the aquascaping community. 
Aug 04, 2017
Episode 42: We Are BACK
We’re back and better than ever! Shawn and I welcome George Farmer and Hiep Hong to The Aquascaping Podcast team. Shawn talks about what ‘grinds his gears’ and George interviews Oliver Knott.
May 28, 2017
Episode 41: Thinking Outside the Box
J relates photography to aquascaping while exploring ways to expand your thinking, Shawn has some georama revelations,  and George Farmer answers some audience Q&A. Credit: The sketch within the show icon of the aquascape was drawn by Steven Chong.
Apr 05, 2017
Episode 40: Perspective
J and Jeff Miotke talk 1, 2, and 3 point perspective and how it applies to the 3D space of an aquascape. Also, George Farmer joins us for some more Q&A.
Mar 23, 2017
Episode 39: Florestas Submersas
J interviews Shawn on his experience at Takashi Amano’s Florestas Submersas at the Oceanario de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal.
Mar 08, 2017
Episode 38: Amano Shrimp
This week Shawn & J talk about Amano shrimp. Also, George Farmer joins us for some Q&A!
Mar 03, 2017
Episode 37: Dennis Wong
J talks with Dennis (Xiaozhuang) Wong, a talented aquascaper based firmly in extensive experimentation and a data driven approach.Dennis Wong on YouTube:
Feb 23, 2017
Episode 36: Creating a Sketch
J & Shawn discuss design principles and creating a sketch for your next aquascape. SHOW NOTES and DOWNLOADS: FREE custom aquascaping Photoshop brushes: Silhouetted Plants: Steven Chong’s Creative Corner: How to Use Layer Masks:
Feb 16, 2017
Episode 35: Rachel O’Leary
We talk all things fish today with Rachel O’Leary! J & Shawn welcome her to The Aquascaping Podcast.Rachel on YouTube: Rachel’s Website:
Feb 08, 2017
Episode 34: ADU Aquascaping
David O’Bryant of ADU Aquascaping joins J & Shawn today to discuss low-tech carpeting, biochemical oxygen demand, CO2, substrate, fertilization, oxygen, design, and more.SHOW NOTES: ADU on YouTube: ADU on Facebook:
Jan 27, 2017
Episode 33: Trimming Stem Plants
This week…trimming stem plants to get nice and bushy, CO2 regulator thoughts, tips on attaching moss, and much more.
Jan 19, 2017
Episode 32: Andrea Freel
This week, J speaks with Scottish aquascaper Andrea Freel. Also, the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society talks briefly about the benefits of joining a local aquascaping community.
Dec 21, 2016
Episode 31: Holiday Wish List
J & Shawn discuss their AquaScaping holiday wish list for someone serious about getting into aquascaping. UNS 60U aquarium: Evolution Aqua The Aquascaper Series AS600: Fluval Fresh and Planted 2.0: Eheim 2215: Fluval 206: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia: Green Lead Aquariums CO2 Regulator: Estimated Index Fertilization Supplies: Curved…
Dec 09, 2016
Episode 30: Oliver Knott
Iconic and prolific aquascaper, Oliver Knott joins the show this week. Topics include inspiration, influences, aquascaping disasters, his favorite scape, and much more.Show Notes: Oliver Knott on Facebook: Oliver’s website:
Nov 30, 2016
Episode 29: Jorge Carvalho
Jorge Carvalho talks about working with Takashi Amano, nature aquarium philosophy, ethics, getting out of your comfort zone, working along side Adam Paszczela, and much more.
Nov 23, 2016
Episode 28: Hiep Hong
Hiep Hong joins The Aquascaping Podcast this week. He ranked 116 in the 2016 IAPLC and recently placed first in the large aquarium category at the Aquatic Experience in Chicago along with his team mates and 2nd place in the nano category. Hiep Hong on Facebook: Glass Canvas Aquascape (Hiep’s YouTube Channel):  
Nov 16, 2016
Episode 27: George Farmer and the Glass Canvas
George Farmer and J talk aquariums, one of the most important pieces of equipment in aquascaping.SHOW NOTES: The Aquascaper line of aquariums from Evolution Aqua: The Aquascaper line of aquariums from Evolution Aqua on Facebook: George Farmer on Facebook: Farmer on YouTube: Farmer on Twitter:
Nov 11, 2016
Episode 26: Art Commisso
Canadian aquascaper, Art Commisso talks to J. Shawn gives a tip on planting heavily. Art Commisso on facebook: Aquascapers Collective: The Planted Tank Center:
Nov 04, 2016
Episode 25: Filtration and the ADA Super Jet
Shawn discusses the ADA Super Jet filter and J talks about design.
Oct 28, 2016
Episode 24: Jeff Miotke
This week, J interviews American aquascaper, Jeff Miotke, who placed 62 in this year’s IAPLC.
Oct 20, 2016
Episode 23: IAPLC 2016
J and Shawn talk about the 2016 International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest (IAPLC).
Oct 07, 2016
Episode 22: Jurijs mit JS
Jurijs mit JS, one of the hardest working and most popular aquascapers in the world, joins J & Shawn today on The Aquascaping Podcast. SHOW NOTES: Last minute chance to join the EAPLC this year: Jurijs on facebook: Jurijs on instagram:
Sep 30, 2016
Episode 21: Choosing a Substrate
Shawn & J talk about the different uses and types of substrates for the planted aquarium.Show notes: There’s still time to enter into the EAPLC. Registration is open until the end of September. Register here: Seachem’s articles:
Sep 23, 2016
Episode 20: Art Pennom
Former host of the ScapeFu podcast, Art Pennom, joins J & Shawn this week. Art has inspired aquascapers the world over with his natural teaching ability, encouraging voice and years of experience in the hobby. Show Notes: Click here to listen to ScapeFu on iTunes More information on the EAPLC:
Sep 16, 2016
Episode 19: George Farmer
George Farmer, one of the most influential aquascapers in the world, joins J & Shawn. Topics include aquascaping words of wisdom, George’s interests before aquascaping, experience in the Royal Air Force, tips and tricks, a new use for Apple TV and aquascaping, television possibilities, secrets to success, where the hobby is headed, and much more. Show…
Sep 08, 2016
Episode 18: Creating a New World
This week, J talks about keeping it simple, creating new worlds, photo and video lighting, and an alternative to RO filtering. Show notes: Photo/Video LED Light: AMAZON Doulton Filter: AMAZON How to make a gravity filter as an alternative to RO: Below is our friend Clayton’s Iwagumi. Check it out! Tank specs : ADA…
Sep 02, 2016
Episode 17: Steven Chong
Interview with Steven Chong of Tokyo Aquascape Union. We discuss goals, intention, the IAPLC, design concepts, aquatic plants, hardscape ideas, and much more.Show Links: Tokyo Aquascape Union: Steven Chong’s Creative Corner:
Aug 19, 2016
Episode 16: CO2 Part II
Dialing in CO2. That’s today’s topic in part 2 of our two part mini series. SHOW NOTES: Gallery by Petruc Dan Iulian CO2 Parabolic Curve Charts – DOWNLOAD PH/KH Chart – DOWNLOAD
Aug 12, 2016
Episode 15: CO2 Part 1
CO2 and the planted aquarium. Today is part 1 of a 2 part mini series on everything CO2.
Aug 05, 2016
Episode 14: Fractal Harmony Aquascaping
J Art talks about what he calls fractal harmony aquascaping and Shawn discusses the ins and outs of using drop checkers. Show Notes and Downloads: Design Worksheet: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF
Jul 22, 2016
Episode 13: Videography and Aquarium Woo
This week: J gives some aquascaping videography tips and Shawn discusses what he calls, “Aquarium Woo”.SHOW LINKS: The Aquascaping Podcast: Episode 2 on Photography: Inside the Eco Aqualizer: Andres Rotmistrovsky Facebook: YouTube: Website:
Jul 15, 2016
Episode 12: Flow
Today we discuss flow. Why it’s important and how to get the most flow in your aquascape and planted aquariums. Shawn’s Flow Pattern: Bogdan’s aquascape:
Jul 08, 2016
Episode 11: Planting, Melting, and More…
J calls up Shawn to discuss melting, planting, trimming, CO2, lighting, surface agitation, mixing plant species together, tips on growing Rotala, low light plants in high lighting, cycling a newly planted tank for fish, and much more… Show links: ScapeFu episode on lighting with Cara Wade:
Jun 23, 2016
Episode 10: The Case Against Iwagumi for Beginners
This week Shawn & J talk about the case against Iwagumi for beginners and why a nature or jungle style may be better suited.
Jun 18, 2016
Episode 9: Hobby Burnout
J & Shawn talk about hobby burnout, multiple tank syndrome, Eleocharis Acicularis (Dwarf Hairgrass), using hydrogen peroxide in the aquarium, J’s new scape, and more.
Jun 10, 2016
Episode 8: Estimated Index, Moonlight, Photoshop Ethics, and more
J & Shawn talk about Estimated Index fertilizing, Photoshop and ethics, moonlight effect, Plocher energy and Penac P., and more. SHOW LINKS: Estimated Index overview and general dosing guide: The Barr Report and Estimated Index: Where to buy Estimated Index fertilizers: AND Neutral Density Gel:
Jun 03, 2016
Episode 7: Cory Hopkins Interview
J and Shawn interview Aquascaper, Cory Hopkins of Rift 2 Reef Aquatics in Flower Mound, Texas. Cory Hopkins’ website: Cory Hopkins on Facebook: Rift 2 Reef Aquatics:
May 27, 2016
Episode 6: Hardscaping
Today we discuss tips, tricks, and theory behind hardscaping as well as answer a question about bio media in the planted aquarium.
May 20, 2016
Episode 5: The Internet
Today we talk about how the internet has influenced the aquascaping hobby, hardscape fads, quick tips, and more. The Green Machine’s YouTube channel: Tropica’s YouTube channel: Aqua Design Amano’s YouTube channel: ADGVibe’s YouTube channel: Definite Aquascape TV: The Krib: Aquascaping World Forum: UK Aquatic Plant Society: George…
May 13, 2016
Episode 4: Style & Design Part 1
Part 1 of an ongoing series on style and design, this episode of The Aquascaping Podcast covers what inhabitants and fish we should choose for our aquascape, creating a vision for our next setup, using blur to see basic shape, current trends in aquascaping, using items in your backyard, and more. Angelfish blending in with…
May 03, 2016
Episode 3: Balancing Time, Budget & Experience
Today’s episode goes over balancing time, budget, and experience with aquascaping and your planted aquarium. Check out episode 2 for photography tips and episode 1 for our shopping list and budget tool.
Apr 27, 2016
Aquascaping Photography 101 – Episode 2
Today’s episode focuses on bringing your aquascaping photos to the next level. Links: DSLR basics – Vertigo Effect/Dolly Zoom effect –  
Apr 25, 2016
The Aquascaping Podcast – Episode 1: Shopping List
On today’s episode, we go through some of the most important items on any aquascapers shopping list including the aquarium, CO2 gear, lighting, and more. You can download the entire shopping list below to help budget and plan your next scape.     CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD The Aquascaping Podcast Shopping List  
Apr 24, 2016