Annika Reinke and Aquascaping

Annika Reinke

Annika Reinke is a very talented and creative aquascaper, and with her nano tank she won first place in the nano category of the live aquascaping contest of "The Art of the Planted Aquarium 2011". She is 29 years old (2011), lives in Schneverdingen in Luneburg Heath, and she is working as a veterinary assistant.

The Aqua Rebell team interviewed Annika, asking her how she got to know about the fertilizers by Aqua Rebell.

"I became aware of the fertilizers of Aqua Rebell through and through the positive experiences of other scapers."

We were of course also interested in learning if Annika keeps using Aqua Rebell fertilizers.

"For me, Aqua Rebell means: perfect plant growth and excellent customer service."

1st Place The Art of the Planted Aquarium 2011 - Nano

1st Place The Art of the Planted Aquarium 2011 - Nano

The jury of "The Art of the Planted Aquarium 2011" said:

"Well-balanced layout with a good choice of plants, excellent stone placement."

The Aqua Rebell team can only agree with that. This is really a very attractive nano tank. The lush growth of the plants and the extraordinary hardscape (rocks) are distinguishing. Elatine hydropiper grows along the ground very densely and healthily. Annika chose this ground-covering plant because it is better suited for a very small tank than Glossostigma elatinoides with its relatively large leaves. The small foliage of Elatine hydropiper makes the tank look even larger. There is coral moss, Riccardia graeffei, on the stones, which creates a very natural feeling. The fine-leaved stem plants in the background as well as Marsilea crenata and Blyxa japonica in the middle ground round off the picture. Almost incredible that this is in fact a nano tank of a volume of only 20 litres.

The color and the shape

The color and the shape

This beautiful (63×36×36 cm) aquascape is characterised by the flowing, smooth forms of the hardscape. The substrate is just sand, which makes liquid fertilization a must for healthy plant growth. Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba" grows almost playfully around the dark pebbles, accentuating them. Its use as primary plant adds a sense of harmony to the overall layout. A splash of colour is provided by some Cryptocoryne sp. ?Flamingo?. Some more aquatic plants of the species Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides, Pogostemon helferi, Blyxa japonica and Taxiphyllum barbieri round off the middle ground. In the background there are Pogostemon erectus and Eleocharis acicularis.The design makes this little tank look far larger than its actual dimensions. A true eyecatcher for any living room.