I just wanted to talk a little about some of the things I do regarding aquascaping. I consider myself very dedicated to aquascaping, and of course want people to consider trying some of the techniques and styles that define some of the aspects of aquascaping. This is why I hold ”lectures” on aquascaping for the aquarium community in Denmark and tries to demonstrate how to setup a tank while explaining why I do this and that, with references to theoretical/philosophical parts. Giving a demonstration or a lecture on something like aquascaping is something I can recommend to anyone connected with an aquarium community. You can make a Power Point presentation using pictures from the web or your own if you got the time to do it. There is a lot of material out here just waiting to be used. That’s what it’s for. You can do this with larger groups and perhaps combine it with some practical things: Show how you tie moss to wood and rocks. Demonstrate an Iwagumi rock formation and let people try it out for them self while you talk some more. With smaller groups – like a home meeting, you can setup a whole tank and every one can help. One of the issues I come across is the age barrier. A lot of the people from the aquarium associations in Denmark are +50. They have their +30 years of experience, have a lot of confidence in their methods and are not very fond of participating with questions when they are in larger groups. This is something you have to be aware of. In smaller groups they tend to open up more and ask some good questions – usually about the practical aspects with fertilizers, plant care and such. If you are not afraid of meeting new people and using some of your spare time, I would strongly suggest you try it out. Another thing I like is the relationship you get from other people in the hobby, whether there business related (Shops) or just fellow aquarists. You meet a lot of people events like the Art of the Planted Aquarium in Hannover (Germany) or other great shows or gatherings. At these events you can meet people from various aqua magazines – They usually have the best networks and know the right people. Find them, have a drink and exchange knowledge and acquaintances along with your emails. When someone knows you they might address others to you and this way you get a bigger network. Internet is good, but for networking you have to meet people and join them in doing common things to share. I’ve been working with aquascaping for the last 3-4 years and have already got an ok network. This week I’m doing a lecture on Nano-tanks and aquascaping, making a little setup along with some Power Point slides. Next weekend I’m meeting with an editor from a Japanese magazine: Tsuyoshi Nakamura and after that I’m going to a conference in Denmark and showing some live aquascaping and telling about technical equipment ex. CO2. There are a lot of aspects in this hobby you can show and tell about, and you can find what you are good at and do that.