The ScapeFu Podcast







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In the 18th episode of the Ask Art Podcast, Gabriel asks about slowing down an aquascape to a nice idle. Also, a sneak peak at the 31 Days to Build a Better Aquascape Challenge 2016.

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Direct download: AskArt018.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 3:40pm CET

Celebrating our 50th episode! We talk about re-scaping your aquarium. Jurijs, JJ and Art share how they re-scape with pro tips for you.

Re-scaping Your Aquarium

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Re-scaping is versus tweaking
  • How to prepare to re-scape correctly and avoid problems/mistakes
  • How you take apart an aquarium properly so that you can re-scape
  • How best to implement your re-scape
  • Tweaking for when you don't want a full reset

Links mentioned in the episode:

How about you? Have you done a re-scape before? Contemplating one? Tell us about it in the comments!


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Direct download: ScapeFu050.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 7:00am CET

In episode 17 of the Ask Art Podcast, Art answers James' question on how to deal with BBA in some of his tanks.

If you want to send Art a question to be answered in the Ask Art Podcast, just go to

Direct download: AskArt017.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 7:00am CET

In 2015, the third edition of the European Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (EAPLC) was held for the whole of Europe. In this episode, Jurijs and Art share with you a behind the scenes look at at the EAPLC from their perspectives as event organizer/judge (Jurijs) and independent judge (Art).

In ScapeFu episode #49, you will learn:

  • The history of the EAPLC
  • The 2015 judges (what a group!)
  • How do judges go about scoring the works
  • What's in store for the 2016 EAPLC

Show Notes

We discussed 5 Reasons to Join an Aquascaping Contest in the past.

The 2015 Judges Panel:

  • ADA Japan (in deputy for Takashi Amano)
  • Oliver Knott (Germany)
  • Viktor Lantos (greenaqua Hungary)
  • Ralf Gerlach (Tropica,Denmark)
  • Dave Chow (China)
  • Luca Galarraga (Brazil)
  • Jurijs Jutjajevs (Germany) - Jurijs!
  • Art Pennom (USA) - me!
  • George Farmer (UK)
  • Adam Paszczela (Poland)

The 2015 Organization Team:

  • Boris Hildebrandt
  • Jörg Buhlmann
  • Jurijs Jutjajevs

The 2015 Sponsors:

This year Wabikusa category received almost twice amount of entries. This leaves no doubt Wabikusa is trending!

Platz 1 – Frederic Fuss (Germany)

Platz 2 – Andre Franken (Germany)

Platz 3 – Peter Slacka (Slovakia)

Platz 4 – Albert Escrihuela (Spain)

Platz 5 – Pedro Rosa (Portugal)

Platz 6 – Roberto Bielli (Italy)

Platz 7 – Enrico Fortuna (Italy)

Platz 8 – Wilco Piest (Netherlands)

Platz 9 – Sascha Hoyer (Germany)

Platz 10 – Miguel Angel Garcia (Spain)

“Less is more” is how to describe the Nano category. Presented works look huge and are more difficult to accomplish compared to regular sized aquariums.

Platz 1 – Frederic Fuss (Germany)

Platz 2 – Vladimir Tomek (Czech Republic)

Platz 3 – Alexander Maletin (Russian Federation)

Platz 4 – Mikolaj Weterle (Poland)

Platz 5 – Andre Franken (Germany)

Platz 6 – Daniel Nagy (Hungary)

Platz 7 – David Barandiaran (France)

Platz 8 – Swee Lim Cheah (France)

Platz 9 – Lajos Nincsics (Hungary)

Platz 10 – Tamas Janos Danicska (Hungary)

Finally the top 10 of the most desired category. Making a head to head race, the winner is Gregoire Wolinski! Three times in a row winning EAPLC is such a great achievement, for this reason we decided to nominate Gregoire Wolinski as a honor member of the judges board 2016.
Platz 1 – Gregoire Wolinski (France)

Platz 2 – Ulrich Poupin (France)

Platz 3 – Annika Reinke und Marcel Runde (Germany)

Platz 4 – Julien Voultoury (France)

Platz 5 – Michael Reinke (France)

Platz 6 – Olivier Thebaud (France)

Platz 7 – Serkan Cetinkol (Turkey)

Platz 8 – Amparo Piera (Spain)

Platz 9 – Grigoriy Polishchuk (Ukraine)

Platz 10 – Vladimir Trcka (Czech Republic)

For pictures from the EAPLC, please go to the main ScapeFu049 show notes page.

Direct download: ScapeFu049.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 7:00am CET

Professional aquascaper, George Farmer, joins Art to talk about the UK Aquascaping Experience taking place the 5th day of March, 2016. If you will be in the UK in March, I would highly recommend that you make an effort to attend. It's free.

There will be 4 events:

Have a listen and let us know if you go.

Direct download: UK_Aquascaping_Experience.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 4:46pm CET

  • Reflecting on 2015 and Looking Forward to 2016

In episode 48 of the ScapeFu Podcast, Art and Jurijs reflect on 2015 and tell you what they have planned for 2016. They have big goals for this year!

Links mentioned in the episode


Direct download: ScapeFu048.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 7:00am CET