Oliver Knott will share his life-long love of all things aquaria with you at the Aquatic Experience on Saturday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am as he discusses “Aquascaping Tank Set-up” featuring new plant materials.
Oliver began developing his interest at 16 years old, working at a small pet store selling parrots, rabbits, fish, and snakes. After working in retail stores throughout Germany for several years, he decided to launch his own company where he created aquarium tanks for private customers and small businesses, as well as other pet stores. He has cultivated his knowledge over the years by working closely with companies in the aquatic industry.
Oliver will be showing you the Linea Zero line of aquatic plants during his presentation. These plants are from Aqviannnova, a company that has developed a special system for a new way of cultivating aquatic plants. This system has two important characteristics. One is that only in-vitro plants are used as starting material. And two, the plants are grown without use of any kind of substrate.
“In this way the plants keep their most important characteristics. It assures the total absence of spores, pesticides and unwanted organisms. The result is a vigorous and healthy plant,” he said.
Contrary to typical in-vitro plants, Linea Zero plants go through an intermediate stage.
“In the traditional way of cultivating aquatic plants this is the stage where plants are normally planted in a growing medium such as non bio-degradable rock wool, which can contain fertilizer and pesticides,” he said.
Because Linea Zero plants have no substrate and are grown in a special environment, they grow in a healthy way, and are stronger which ensures a successful transplanting without any kind of stress. This special environment also allows the plants to form cuticles which makes them stronger and protects them during transport and planting. “They produce well grown roots that are rolled up with bacteria colonies, taking away the stress of the first days in the aquarium,” he said.
Some of the aquatic plants Oliver will be discussing include Alternanthera reineckii “rosaefolia,” a relatively fast growing plant that is not difficult hard to keep under good lighting and CO2 fertilization. And Amblystegium serpens or Nano moss, mid-to dark green, with irregularly branched shoots which may form extensive, intricate patches. As well as Pogostemon helferi, a unique and beautiful foreground plant with distinctive curly green leaves.
The Linea Zero line has no environmental impact because it is produced with 100% recyclable/degradable material. Because the plants are grown without the use of any kind of substrate, they can be sold everywhere in the world, even where there are the strictest phyto-sanitary rules.