I'm looking at creating more UK-based content featuring fellow hobbyists that are comfortable to share their aquariums and stories.
You don't have to have the highest-end equipment or have the fanciest aquascape. I'm more interested in telling engaging stories that my audience will...
I thought I'd share our latest podcast. We hope you enjoy it. Let us know what other topics you'd like to hear about. :D
Special thanks to Aquarium Gardens for supporting this episode. 🙏💚
If you enjoy our podcast please consider leaving a review on Apple podcasts - it really helps us...
I've started a new podcast on aquascaping if you're interested!
Feedback and ideas for future episodes and seasons welcome.
Also I have a new website. https://www.georgefarmerstudios.com
I know there's a few of you with some experience of these units already but I thought I'd share my video. Interested to hear your feedback.
It was interesting to read that most of my audience that commented preferred the Twinstar 1200, or even Kessil A360we Tuna Sun.
One thing I did...
Following my recent trip to the US I created a playlist of the videos I create during my time at ADG. Despite the US having many more challenges getting consistent good quality and variety of aquarium plants compared with Europe these guys are really leading the way in aquascaping over...
Who is going?
I'll be scaping three tanks (Aquascaper 600, 900, 1200).
There's some huge displays there including a 3 metre Iwagumi and 700 litre African-theme scape.
8000 litre reef...
Should be fun.
It's also free!
I wasn't sure where best to post these. I spend a fair bit of effort and time on these photos though, so here we are...
Aquascaper 300, 600 and 1200.
Aquascaper 300 Cube by George Farmer, on Flickr
Aquascaper 600 by George Farmer, on Flickr
Aquascaper 300 Cube by George Farmer, on...
Here's a video of me aquascaping a Dennerle Scapers Tanks using some very cool plants, and with guest appearance from the legendary Stefan Hummer aka The Plantahuhter!
I hope you like it!
This is my first ever vlog! I hope you like it.
It's a different style to my usual videos. The production level is lower (recorded on iPad with minimal editing) but it's a more relaxed style and insight into my life as an aquascaper.
Please give me ideas for future vlogs and I'll...
For those not on Facebook.. Just a quick post to let you all now that I'll be at Romsey World of Water this weekend, 16-17 Apr.
I'll be creating three new 'scapes from scratch (EA1200, Crystal Aqua, Mirabello tanks), giving a slideshow on each day and re-scaping some current display...
For me the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016 has been the culmination of years of gradually building the UK aquascaping and planted tank scene to a point where UKAPS can justifiably host a free entry, world-class event.
UKAPS is well known for its active forum that enjoys a community...
Firstly many thanks to all of you that made the effort and submitted your hardscape entries.
There were 25 in total, with some very strong entries, making it very tricky for the UKAPS AE Committee to judge!
Here are the Top 10, in no particular order, with the artists name above each...
It's just 4 weeks left until the most exciting aquascaping the UK has ever seen - The UKAPS Aquascaping Experience, held on Saturday, 5th March 2016. More details here - www.ukaps.org/ae
To make things even more exciting, UKAPS have teamed up with some of our excellent sponsors, who...
So who's coming along to this great event? It would be wonderful to meet you all and share our passion for this wonderful hobby!
Cast your votes and feel free to reply below. :)
Click HERE to Confirm Attendance
A Bull With Yogurts - 1
Brian Murphy - 1
Crystal Aqua -...
UKAPS are incredibly excited to announce the UK's first ever dedicated live aquascaping event.
Our aim is to inspire and educate new and experienced hobbyists alike with a wide variety of exciting aquascaping experiences.
The UKAPS Aquascaping Experience will be held at a one-day event in the...
The UKAPS Hardscape Challenge is an exciting head-to-head live competition that allows aquascapers to compete using a dry layout consisting of hardscape materials and substrate.
10 entrants are selected from UKAPS Members through a qualification round.
The UKAPS Hardscape Challenge will be...
Almost 10 years ago I created a low-maintence aquascape - mainly ferns, Anubis and crypts.
Today I took the final shot of my latest 'scape - mainly ferns, Anubis and crypts.
Note the difference. Mainly use of hardscape, open foreground and more complex textures.
I thought it was an...
I thought I'd share this video with you all after some of the comments I've received asking "how do you do it?" etc.
I'm by no means a perfect plant grower! I have issues with my aquascapes and plants as much as the next man.
Perseverance and patience are usually all it takes to...
I thought I'd post a quick photo of my Superfish Expert 70.
No CO2 or liquid carbon. Occasional ferts (Colombo Pro) and Colombo Pro Soil. Internal filter and It hasn't had a water change in 3 months.
Plants are mostly crypts, buces, Rotata and some Anubias, Cyperus.
I set this up about 7 weeks ago. To be honest wasn't sure about the lighting - it measured 5 umol at the substrate! However, all the plants are growing and I'm even getting red R. rotundifolia!
Using Colombo range (soil, ferts, liquid CO2), non-CO2 gas injection. Aquafleur plants.
I thought I'd post pics of my current 'scapes before I tear them down soon and create some new layouts. Both have been featured fairly recently in PFK magazine although they've been re-scaped a little.
The first is a Natural Aquario 65x40x45cm. I set it up as a sub-tropical set-up and...
Many of you have noticed my absence over the last 12 months or so.
For personal reasons I'd rather not go into too much details but I'm really happy to say that soon I will be contributing a lot more. I have two tanks to re-scape soon and I will create journals. I miss my journals!
I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! :)
Here's a few shots of my home tank, a 30cm cube.
It's been set up for a few months and is surprisingly low maintenance. I'm not using CO2 injection but add liquid carbon and Tropica Specialised daily, 1ml each. I...
It's with a great sense of excitement that I announce a change in full-time career from the Armed Forces to the aquatic industry.
From 1 April 2014 I will be the AquaGro Brand Manager for Tropical Marine Centre (TMC). The role is very diverse and there are some extremely exciting...
With the end of 2013 fast approaching I thought it would be interesting to share our personal planted tank and aquascaping highlights from the year.
They can be anything from your own successful 'scapes, breeding fish, beating algae, new kit, new plants etc.
Mine was setting up my...
I'm interested to hear about your favourite aquarium shop that has an interest or bias towards aquascaping.
For instance they may have a decent planted display tank or two and stock aquascaping-friendly kit such as CO2 and decent hardscape.
Similar to this thread -
UK Shops for...
New journal time. :)
Tank and Cabinet - TMC Signature Range
Lighting - TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima x 2
CO2 - 2Kg FE, Dennerle reg with solenoid, 1BPS with Fluval bubble counter, Up Aqua inline diffuser
Filter - Fluval G3
Substrate - 15 litres TMC nutraSoil (black)
Apart from aquascaping and photography I've recently (last 12 months) really go into running. I'm now the captain of my local team and we won the road race league this season! :D
I've got my first half-marathon (13 miles) next Sunday - The Great Eastern Run, which I'm hoping to run...
I've recently re-scaped my TMC Signature so I thought I'd start a new journal on here.
Not really a groundbreaking aquascape - re-using the moss-covered Manzi from my previous two layouts that you can see here - George's TMC Signature | Page 38 | UK Aquatic Plant Society
This pinned topic is to showcase UKAPS Members' full-tank shots (FTS) of fully mature aquascapes.
It is designed to be a high-impact and inspirational thread with no dialogue, discussion or feedback.
For this reason only posts containing the following are to be submitted -
1. One full-tank...
It was a lovely day so I thought I'd get outside and take a few photos of some of the beautiful flowers I have in my garden. Taken with my new Canon 6D and trusted 100mm macro lens.
My favourite is the yellow lily. I think the dark green background contrasts brilliantly.
I love moss. Only recently have I used it properly in aquascaping and I've realised the biggest PITA for me with it is dealing with the trimmings.
They usually sink to the bottom of the tank and require siphoning. Any leftovers usually get entangled with carpeting plants and end...
I'm thinking of setting up a Sulawesi shrimp tank soon.
I realise they need 'weird' water conditions i.e. high pH and temp, low mineral content etc. but can anyone provide me with their experiences or point me to some appropriate links etc.
Please consider entering this year's AGA contest.
2013 AGA Aquascaping Contest
It's free and you can enter three aquascapes.
In many ways it's better than the IAPLC in my opinion.
There's a good chance you'll receive actual feedback from highly reputable judges. There's...
I thought I'd post two comparison photos showing the difference between the ADA Solar I metal halide with NA-Green bulb (150w, 8000K) and 2x TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima (2x 30w, 6500K).
ADA Solar I
ADA Solar I by George Farmer, on Flickr
TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima
TMC 1500 Ultima by...