“In 1988, when I was 16 years-old, I got a job at a local pet store selling parrots, rabbits, fish, and snakes. I didn’t know at the time, but this environment was the start of something big. I worked for several years in small stores in Germany before I decided to found my own company that specialized in aquarium tanks for private customers, businesses, and pet stores. The knowledge I built through my experience and working closely with aquatic industry companies enabled me to contribute to the optimization of products. I took my love for all things aquaria and devoted my time and dedication to setting live aquariums. This is called aquascaping.”
Oliver Knott, a German aquarium designer and an international professional aquascaper, will present two sessions this year at Chicago’s Aquatic Experience on setting up and planting a nano tank aquarium, including any tank from 10 to 40 liters, and a second presentation on reef scaping especially for home tanks. Knott will also share his knowledge stemming from a lifelong fascination with all things aquatic in these unique and informational programs.
With something for everyone, Knott’s’ sessions will help develop useful ideas for keeping popular aquarium fishes in their natural habitats while working with many different size tanks but focusing on the smaller aquarium world. Utilizing the current trend towards aquascaping and creating aquariums designed to reflect fish’s natural habitats like reefs and rocks, Knott hopes to teach information on a broad range of topics.
“Marine aquarium hobbyists have long understood that their fish come from water that is always in motion, because waves and ocean currents that affect reefs are well known to everyone. Freshwater aquariums on the other hand are often standing pools of water by comparison, where people save on water movement because most fish can adapt to different conditions. But many of our aquarium fishes actually come from riverine environments, many with fast moving water, or even from rapids. These current loving fishes are called rheophiles. I will look at this particular rheophile habitats and build on the idea that many popular aquarium fishes stem from these riverine habitats.”
Setting up any home tank is a fun and exciting activity that can develop into a lifelong hobby with nurturing and attention. Knott’s information can help aquarists in following good practices and habits to ensure a healthy and happy home environment rooted in recreating the natural habitats of the best fish selection.
Look for additional information on Knott’s discussions at The Aquatic Experience’s website!