again "Plant-Fest" organized by Luis Navarro and Senske Brothers
was a success. I want to take this opportunity and thank Luis for his
endless help for "out-of-towners" and thank Jeff and Mike Senske
for their hospitality.
This was the first time I visited ADG - Senske's Gallery and I would strongly
recommend to visit ADG Gallery and see their work. Place is top of the
line with great aquascapes.
Luis' tanks are what aquascape is also all about. There is a lot of Nature
Aquarium influence in his work. His private aquariums at home as well
as tanks in his office were top of the line.
Day 1 - Native collecting in San Marcos - Houston
- Native Collecting
2 - Was all about ADG and their client's setups. Ten of us got together
and visited four different planted aquariums. All four were top of the
line with great aquascapes, interesting fish choices and excellent overall
Day 3 - Luiz Navarro tanks were part of Day 3 activities. Our time was
limited and I felt like I was running around and snapping pictures. Once
again, reflection was horrible. Huge windows around the tanks didn't help
at all when taking full tank shots. Luiz's tanks were spectacular, at
least in my opinion. Great plant placement, powerful composition and well
selected fauna showed that Luiz knows what he is doing.
Day 3 - New 75gallon setup was aquascaped by Jeff Senske, Oliver Knott
and Luiz Navarro. There was about ~40 people who attended Live Aquascape
and Oliver's presentation. Unfortunately I had to catch a flight back
to New Jersey and I missed Oliver's talk. Here
is step-by-step how experienced aquascapers put together planted aquarium.
is an updated picture taken by Jeff Senske few weeks later after initial
(© Jeff Senske)
ADG Gallery has amazing reef and saltwater setups as well. Here are few
samples of very healthy aquarium and close-ups of corals.