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Interview of Oliver Knott.

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:30 pm
Interview of Oliver Knott.

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Aquapetz: Hi Oliver, you are known as one of the most popular and famous aquascapers of the world. How and when you came to know about your extra ordinary abil-ity of aquascaping?

Oliver Knott: Thanks for your kind words! So I start to work 1988, when I was 16 years old, in a local pet store. I learn 2,5 year then I was a cer-tificated salesman for pet stores. The I work about 10 years in this business, at the end I was a shop manager from a 2.500 m² pet shop with 30 people employed. But the whole time my real passion was planted aquariums, so I decide to quit the job, to be own job. So I start 2001 with my own small com-pany, set up and maintain aquariums. Since this I created my own style of aq-uascaping: Be creative and different.

Aquapetz: Please tell us about your family background.

Oliver Knott: I have a small nice family with 5 year old boy and a 2 year old daughter. I am very proud and happy about it.

Aquapetz: Where were you born?

Oliver Knott: I am born 1972 in South-Germany, in the city named Karlsruhe (near the Frensh border)

Aquapetz: Which aquascaping style you like most? Your aquascaping style is little bit different from others. Can you please tell us which points do you keep in mind at the time of establishing an aquascape?

Oliver Knott: I do “free style” aquascaping ;) just create this word for you. I love to see the perfect great aquascape from Amano and the entries of the big aquascaping contest. It is great to see that so many people around the world do this fantastic hobby. For myself it is very important to have fun with my work, and for this reason sometimes I try to make different or spectacular aquascape. I am not a fan of too much rules and as artist I am lucky to work also against the rules. And this is also the goal for my future projects: be different...and enjoy what you make.

Aquapetz: Please tell us about your published books/papers etc.

Oliver Knott: I still have publish a small aquascaping book in German for beginners. And actually I work with Chris Lukhaup on a bigger one, where we show 30 different aquascapes for everybody. We hope to publish it at the end of 2012, first in German and second a little bit later in English.

Aquapetz: How and when you fell in love with planted aquariums?

Oliver Knott: When I set up my first planted tank 1988, as 16 year young teenager in the pet shop. It was like in paradise to use all the plant and technical stuff in the shop for free !

Aquapetz: Which one is your most favorite aquatic plant and why?

Oliver Knott: Ohhh...thats not an easy question, there are so many. For sure I love all the small foreground plants, especially the amazing Utricularia graminifolia. And my favourite stem plant is the absolute nice: Ludwigia “Cuba”.

Aquapetz: What should be considered by a newbie when he/she is making his/her first planted tank?

Oliver Knott:Start with a normal or low lighten tank with easy plants, like mosses and Cryptos. So you can make the first experience with aquascaping, with about 99% guarantee for success. After you can go step by step to higher lighten tanks and more skilled plants. One important note: Low light = low maintenance, Much light = much more maintenance.

Re: Interview of Oliver Knott.

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:37 pm
Aquapetz: Which one is your most favorite aquascape developed by you? Please tell us about that aquascape step by step from zero level.

Oliver Knott:There are so many aqua-scapes I done the last much to remember all ;) But one of my favorite is still the one which I won the AGA contest 2004. The plants grow so amazing in this tank, and it was my first tank I use HC and the Cuba Ludwigia.

Most Favourite Aquascape of Oliver Knott (560 Liter tank)

After 5 days.


After 19 days.


After 30 days


After 54 days.


After 75 days.


The winner scape.

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Re: Interview of Oliver Knott.

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:37 pm
Aquapetz: What is the key of success for an aquascapers?

Oliver Knott: Passion, passion and passion. If you have enough from this you will be have success. It must be a pleasure when you make a water change and trim the plants...not a work!

Aquapetz: Please tell us about your company and products.

Oliver Knott: We are doing everything now around the aquarium business. Aquascaping Events, Live Aquascaping, seminars, training, shop consulting, building tanks,....and so on. And not only in Germany, around whole Europe and sometime over seas too. At the mo-ment I have a small product range like the active soil “NatureSoil”, natural decoration, “Skyline” background foil,...and more coming up.

Aquapetz: What are your other hobbies apart from aquascaping?

Oliver Knott:Yeah...relax when I have time ;) My most important hobby is to have time with my family. Some-times to watch soccer, jogging, swimming,...enjoy the free time.

Aquapetz: Any message for the members of

Oliver Knott:For sure: I am very proud and happy to giving this interview and hope to visit India in any time in the future. I think you still have a very good and high skill in India for aqua-scaping and you have a great potential the next year growing up to one of the best countries for skilled aquascapes! All the best. Yours Oliver Knott

Re: Interview of Oliver Knott.

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:46 pm
by zico_aqua
wow! now that's a bloody achievement by our website!!! perhaps the only interview ever to an Indian webite! man-oh-man, this guy has taught me be different, never follow defined rules. Thanks a lot for the share, an' i would hardly wait for blink of an' eye to meet him if he ever comes down out here!!

Re: Interview of Oliver Knott.

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:49 pm
by sushant
Chris Lukhaup and now Oliver Knott, great going Aquapetz. hope Mr. Knott will join the forum soon and then we will have the combination of this deadly duo to suggest and improve our skills :D :D :D :D .

Re: Interview of Oliver Knott.

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:11 pm
by juanico
wow, another inspiring interview.
congratz rajiv :clp

Re: Interview of Oliver Knott.

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:26 pm
by parthapratim22
Nothing to say...I always get inspiration :clp from these people...Hats off to his creation...

Nice going Rajivji!!! I know more to come... :adore

Re: Interview of Oliver Knott.

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:29 pm
by discusfav
another feather in aquapetz's cap!!!!!

Re: Interview of Oliver Knott.

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:38 pm
by vijendra_s123
This is just awesome..... hats off Rajivji..... :clp :clp

Re: Interview of Oliver Knott.

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:52 pm
by aquadream
Itz really great Rajivji ,hope he will be one among judging panel for our future aquascaping contest.