Romanian National Aquascaping Contest


Avem deosebita plăcere și onoare să vă prezentăm juriul RONAC 2021 – Ediția a 3-a.
Fiecare categorie va fi jurizată de arbitrii cu o vastă experiență în aquascaping, după cum urmează:

Nature & Wabi Kusa

Giuseppe Nisi
Samuel Gamberini
Patrik Németh
Kevin Teoh
Bourdin Ludovic
Mario Perez
Grygoriy Polishchuk
Michał Adamek
Jose Angel Madrid Gonzalez


Mario Perez
Grygoriy Polishchuk
Phil Edwards


Mijkoli Ivan
Anton Lamboj
Oleg Labutov

Giuseppe Nisi

My name is Giuseppe Nisi, born in Germany but with apulian origins. Currently I live and work in Bologna.

I approached to this wonderful world of aquariums in 2008 and I  immediately became enthusiast to plants cultivations and I started to attend with attention the Italian forum,

After I discovered Aquascaping, thanks  to the Takashi Amano aquariums, and in that moment is started the passion for natural layout. 

For many years I setup and dismantled a lot of aquariums, acquiring experience and getting a lot of satisfactions.

I actively partecipate to different on-line contest like IAPLC, AGA getting good placements (IAPLC2016 98° Place; EAPLC2016 19°Place; IAPLC 2017 66°Place & EAPLC 10°Place ) and some live contest where i got two first placements in the 2015 ( NAQ2015 Live Contest & PetFestival2015 Live Contest 1vs1 ) & one first placement in the 2016 (Contest Live Aquascaping PetsItaly Rimini)


  • IAPLC 2012 382°th Place
  • ASE International Aquascaping Contest 2010 14°th Place Nano Category
  • AAC 2010 Genaeral 158°th Place; mini Aquarium 56°th Place
  • IAPLC 2013  686°th Place on 2164 Partecipants
  • ParticipatedNaq 2013 italy  Live Aquscaping Contest
  • AGA 2014  28-60L ; 200- 320L
  • Eaplc 2014 161°th Place
  • IAPLC 2014 698°th Place on 2320 Partecipants
  • Participated Aquagarden Aquascaping Project 2014-2015 RDA (Rosso d’Autore) by Forum main Sponsor Anubias Aquatic Plants & Elos
  • Workshop Live PetFestival Piacenza 2014 Italy, Esotikaexpo Arezzo 2015 , Esotikaexpo Bastia Umbria 2015 & Live Workshop Stand Sera,  EsotikaexpoArezzo 2016.
  • 2015_Collaborated with Fabio Lorusso to realize  Photo & Hardscape for ABA cataolog by
  • AGA 2015  <25L ; 60-120Lt
  • IAPLC 2015 World Ranking 300th “Fine Works” on 2545 Partecipants
  • EAPLC 2015 Standard  55°th Place ; Nano  39°th Place
  • IIAC 2015  176°th, 182°th & 186°th
  • Workshop Live with Fabio Lorusso Stand Sera NAQ2015 Italy
  • NAQ 2015 Italy Live Aquscaping Contest  1°th Place
  • PetsFestival 2015 Italy Live Aquscaping Contest 1vs1 1°th Place
  • Interzoo 2016 Stand Anubias Aquatic PlantsAqvainnova – “May the green force be with you…” Scape by Oliver Knott Feat. ITAU (Fabio Lorusso & Giuseppe Nisi )
  • PetsItaly 2016 Rimini – Mace Live Aquscaping Contest 1°th Place
  • Workshop Live with Fabio Lorusso Stand Anubias – ITAU, Rimini 2016, Italy
  • PetsFestival 2016Live Aquscaping Contest ITAU Vs FACT –  1°th Place Team ITAU (Fabio L., Giuseppe N. & Enrico F.)
  • IAPLC 2016 World Ranking 98°th Place;
  • EAPLC 2016 Europe Ranking 19°th Place;
  • Judge of the  AquAgora Capacontest 2017;
  • AquaProject 2017 Zoomark – 2mtx2mt Nature Aquarium MiniOceanario in Memoria of Takashi Amano at Zoomark 2017by Fabio Lorusso & Giuseppe Nisi
  • IAPLC 2017 World Ranking 66°th Place:
  • EAPLC 2017 Europe Ranking 10°th Place;
  • AGA 2017 Nano Cube Ranking 2°th Place.
  • IAPLC 2018 World Ranking 63°th Place:
  • CIPS  – CIAC 2018 21°th Place – 1st Italy selected of live Event on China. (The 27 contestants that reached the top 200 in the big tank category and that are 1st of their country are invited to participate in CLIAC, a big live aquascaping event at CIPS in Guangzhou)
Patrik Németh

My name is Patrik Németh, I was born in Hungary, but for the last 13 years I have been living and working in Rust in Germany (Europa Park).
I was attracted to underwater life even as a little child, I had a 30l aquarium with Guppies, Xiphos.
At the time, I didn’t know much about this wonderful world.
My first serious set-up was a 300 liter aquarium and I began to research more about how I could keep fish and plants as healthy as possible.
That’s when I discovered Green Aqua and The Hungarian Aquascaping Forum, and for me that was the point of no return. I read 5 hours a day, because I was interested in everything: filtration, light, co2, fertilizing. Honestly, I owe the majority of my knowledge to the guys at Green Aqua and to the The Hungarian Aquascaping Forum they had created.
Later I came across the works of Takashi Amano, who was and still is a huge influence on me.
I knew that’s what I want to do, I was committed and driven to create beautiful scapes. The diversity and symbiosis of nature has always been enchanted, a perfectly functioning cycle.
I started to enter competitions. At the beginning with not much success, but as I progressed I was able to put together better and more beautiful scapes.
From the very beginning I tried to follow the Ada philosophy. For me, the Nature Aquarium Gallery is Paradise itself, and I had the chance to admire Master Amano’s home and work.
I got to Lisbon where I could admire Amano sensei’s last work. In 2018 I attended the IAPLC award ceremony in Japan to collect the recognition for my rank #19.
The following year I participated as the first Hungarian aquascaper at the CINA Live Contest in China where I was ranked #8.
Through this wonderful hobby, I got to know many aquascapers from all over the world and made many new friends.
My favourite part of the work is designing a layout. I usually work with wood and stones, mosses, ferns, and Anubias but Crypts are my favourites.
Today I have 3 aquariums at home: a 45p, a 60p and the big brother 120 (120x60x45).
I am looking for the opportunity to create more natural and beautiful scapes!
My aim is that my hobby should be my job, and do aquascaping full-time. Well, I am still working on that.

Samuele Gamberini

My name is Samuele Gamberini and I was born near Bologna, Italy.

When I was a teenager I moved the first steps in the fishkeeping hobby, when my father bought a tank in the only shop in town. It was the 80s …

It was a 60 lt tank, where I used to breed some Trichogaster. Some years later I leaved the hobby, but in 2012 I started again with a little cube, where I commited the most common mistakes: too many fishes, no fertilization, an off-the-cuff management, but the desire to learn and understand pushed me to read and study more and more.

Later I bought a 100 lt tank, where I start to experience every kind of test and I began to cultivate aquatic plants, using fertilizers and taking care of their needs in a more appropriate manner.

Since 2014 I began to hold live events in several shops and gardens and now I am committed in collaborations with some important companies like Prodibio, Hydor, Elos, Troplant, Tropica ,CO2Art. I’m also the Italian Prodibio ambassador. I took part in IALPC three times, last time I came in 293. In 2016 I was 131st in EALPC Standard category and in 2017 I was 18th in the “nano” category and 131 in the “standard”. In 2018in IALPC  #293  and #26 in web aquascaping contest.

In 2019 in EALPC #24 medium cat  and #28 nano cat .

My goal is always to improve and learn more and more. I hope to share and to instil my passion in everybody who approaches the wonderful world of aquascaping.

Kevin Teoh

Hi, I’m Kevin from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I started fish keeping as a hobby about 18 years ago but got very interested in aquatic plants and designing layout in the aquarium, but wasn’t very good at it so I just try to mimic what others do to learn what is nice and what is not especially from Mr. Takashi Amano.

My first international competition was the IAPLC in the year 2007, which I participated in just for fun to see how it goes, and after that, I’m hooked and I’ve been participating every year and in 2012 I got lucky and won no 8, and that is best so far. I’m still very excited to join aquascaping competition to challenge myself to get better results every year.

I’ve started an aquascaping shop named Nature Inside in 2017, to promote my passion and share my experience with those who are interested in the hobby. I hope more will love and learn about how lovely nature can be through our work and start to appreciate it more.

Bourdin Ludovic

My name is Ludo BOURDIN and I am 47 years old. I live in France, more precisely in Burgundy. I am an aquarist since my childhood. I discovered aquascaping in the 90’s but I have been practicing it for about 8 years. A few years ago I had the chance to join the group FACT, which allowed me to benefit from the advice of the best French aquascapers at that time. I improved thanks to their contact and their advice and so i had the chance to integrate several times the top 100 in the famous IAPLC contest.
I am now part of the collective “Rocks & Roots french Aquascaping Spirit” whose goal is to promote and share the achievements of its members.
I have a predilection for rock-based compositions.
I am particularly happy and honored to be part of the judges’ team of this edition of the Romanian aquascaping contest. Indeed, beyond the competition, I think that our discipline, far from being only an individual practice, is also made of sharing and fraternity.
I wish good luck to all the candidates.

Mario Perez

I’m Mario Perez, I’m 32 years old, Spanish aquascaper.

More than 10 years as an aquarist, passionate about planted aquariums and reef aquariums. In the last years I am mainly dedicated to aquascaping competitions and working as a distributor of aquarium products, Aquariums became a way of life for me.

Part of the organizing team of AQSC Spain (aquascaping competition in Spain), AQSC hardscape contest.
Workshops held in Spain on Nature and Dutch styles.
Due to my passions I worked for various aquarium companies promoting aquascaping in Spain.
We obtained the 3rd place in the Dutch category in 2019.
It is an honor for me to be a referee of RONAC, to analyze the works of my Romanian colleagues, to be able to offer advice where appropriate.
Thank you for calling me to be part of the refereeing team.

Grygoriy Polishchuk

Aquascaper și pictor profesionist s-a născut la 6 iulie 1981 în Ivano-Frankivsk, Ucraina.

Încă din copilărie, a avut un interes clar pentru artă. După mulți ani de urmărire a pasiunii sale, a absolvit Școala de Artă Ivano-Frankivsk.

Fiind mereu fascinat de științele naturii, s-a înscris la Universitatea de Medicină de Stat Ivano-Frankivsk.

În timp ce este devotat profesiei sale medicale, el continuă să-și îmbunătățească abilitățile într-o mare varietate de domenii artistice, cum ar fi peisajul realist, fotografia profesională a naturii și designul acvariului natural.

În domeniul designului acvariului, el a obținut recunoaștere la nivel mondial, ocupând poziții de top în competițiile internaționale desfășurate în Japonia, Taiwan, Germania, Spania, Rusia.

2009 – Aquadesign contest, Ukraine 1st place
2009 – AAS, Spain, 5th place
2009 – European Aquadesign Competition, Germany 18th place
2010 – AAS, Spain, 11, places
2010 – CIS Plant Aquarium Design Competition, Russia 1st place (
2010 – IAPLC, Japan, Bronze Prize
2011 – ROAPLC, Russia Silver Prize
2012 – ROAPLC, Russia Bronze Prize
2012 – “Crystal Aquarium”, Ukraine, 1st place
2013 – PADCEE, Russia Silver Prize
2014 – IAPLC, Japan, 22nd place Honor prize
2014 – GAPLC, Germany, 10th place, Honor prize
2015 – IAPLC, Japan, 13th place Honor prize
2015 – IIAC, Taiwan, 11th place Honor prize
2015 – EAPLC, Germany, 9th place, Honor prize
2016 – “Crystal Aquarium”, Ukraine, 1st place
2016 – IIAC, Taiwan, Silver Prize 

Michał Adamek

Michał Adamek (age 27) is one of the most recognizable aquascapers in Poland.

Being the Co-owner of Aqua Show – Salon Akwarystyki which showcases the famous “The Open Scape” created using Dragon stone. He’s is also Ambassador of Aquaforest company and a proud Aquaflora A-Team member.

He has always been very enthusiastic on the Aquascaping scene, since early 2015. promoting aquascaping on social media and various platforms and now representing his home country Poland in international competitions!

In 2018 he was the first Polish to qualify and participate in CLIAC 2018, competing with the best aquascapers from all around the world in a live event

The breakthrough for him was this year (2019), winning at the Magdeburg “TAoPA” and the  “Aquaflora Nano Aquascaping Contest” during Vivarium Event plus also taking second place in EAPLC.

Michał’s entry, entitled “The Realm of Dragon Rocks” took a healthy 14th place in the CIAC 2019 contest, which gave him the right of passage to participate once again at CIPS 2019 Shanghai, China for the second time in a row, and took a very proud 4th place from top contestants all around the world!

Michał loves to share his knowledge and experiences with all, especially newcomers to the hobby as his passion shines through when talking with individuals or large groups.

He humbly claims, that in competitions it is never about awards! The whole point of his aquascaping journey is the amazing people he meets and the privilege to create underwater worlds for all to enjoy.

Jose Angel Madrid Gonzalez

Spanish born in 1982 and an aquarist for about 12 years. In recent years, I have oriented my hobby towards planted aquariums, especially; Aquatic Landscaping, participating in international level competitions obtaining several recognitions.

Without family references that precede me in this hobby, in my beginnings the decoration of my aquariums was basic and simple, but my interest in discovering the different Aquascaping techniques, leads me first to the Internet, a place where I meet those who are today great colleagues, and then to the specialized bibliography in English, to treat each landscape as a unique ecosystem.

 These concerns and this dialogue of knowledge have as their meeting point, Aquascaping Spain, of which it was part from the beginning creating the Spanish AQSCONTEST contest which this year celebrates its sixth edition.

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards – Program Manager, Cobalt Aquatics

Phil is currently working for Cobalt Aquatics, ReeFlowers’ North American partner and works closely with ReeFlowers staff.

He has worked in the aquarium industry since 2013 and was an aquatic ecosystem scientist and consultant prior to that.

His academic background is in plant biology and biogeochemistry with main research in aquatic plant and aquatic sediment ecology.

He has been keeping aquariums for the past 20 years and got into planted aquariums/aquascaping in 17 years ago.

Since then he has been both a participant and multiple time judge for the Aquatic Gardeners Association International Aquascaping Contest since 2003.

In recent years his involvement with the contest has been primarily in pre-qualification of specialty entries and rules changes; including the creation of the Dutch category in 2013. Other credits include speaking on aquatic plants and planted aquariums to local clubs throughout the US, and on internet podcasts, television, and broadcast radio.

Mikolji Ivan

Who is Ivan Mikolji?

“If you are an admirer of the aquatic habitats of South America, you certainly know Ivan Mikolji!

He’s a world-renowned explorer, researcher, audio/visual artist, and author who tirelessly documents the magnificent diversity and wonder of this beautiful region of the world.  His dramatic underwater videos are seen around the world, and his photographs have graced articles in numerous publications.

Ivan Mikolji is also an extremely accomplished artist, whose beautiful interpretations of the aquatic life of Venezuela and South America are sought after by collectors worldwide.”

Scott Fellman, Tannin Aquatics

Introduction to Mikolji

With more than a hundred expeditions and innumerable publications in different countries, he has demonstrated the authenticity and originality of his artistic passion for photography and painting. The philosophy that moves his creative will is the urgency to preserve the aquatic ecosystems of the planet, and as a first step he considers it necessary to make known the richness and beauty of these biomes. That is why he maintains: “you cannot preserve what you don’t know exists.” And to that work he has dedicated a great part of his life.

Eduardo Planchart Licea
Phd Latin American Art History UNAM

Anton Lamboj

Dr. Anton Lamboj has been an aquarist since the age of ten. Around 1980, he began to take a special interest in the cichlids of West and Central Africa. This interests led, in 1988, to the beginning of his academic education at the University of Vienna. Focus in science and hobby are West African cichlids. He has made numerous field/collecting trips to Africa, South East Asia, Australia, Central America and South America. He holds about 50 tanks, has authored more then 400 papers (both academic and hobbist) in eleven languages, including six books and contributions to about 40 other books (aquaristic and scientific). Till now, he has described 4 genera and 23 species. He is lecturer and associated scientist at the University of Vienna/Austria and the University of Applied Sciences in Wels/Upper Austria, chief editor of the Austrian aquarium and terrarium journal, curator in the C.A.R.E.S. program and at Cichlid Room Companion; also honorary member of the French Cichlid Ass. (AFC), the Hill Country Cichlid Club (HCCC, USA), Texas, the Nordiska Ciklidsällskapet (NSC, Scandinavia) and Multicolor Ailingen (Germany). 2011 he was honored for his international work for the hobby as a „Mastère fédéral d‘aquariophilie“ by the French Aquarium Federation FFA, 2015 he got the „Scientist Award“ from CAOAC (Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs). For many years he was president of the Austrian Federation of Aquarium and Terrarium Clubs (OEVVOE), where he is now „President in Honor“. From OEVVOE he also got the first „Golden Anton Award“ in 2015, which is named after him and now given every year to a person or organization with outstanding contribution to the aquarium or terrarium hobby. He was judge for several competitions, foe example at ACA, Aquarama in Singapore an in 2019, he also was judge for BADC.

Oleg Labutov

CEO at Decotop and Creator at Biotope Aquarium Design Contest

Past: Unitex and Интернет-магазин “Живая Вода”

Author of the articles and underwater photos. Creator of website and the Biotope Aquarium Design Contest.

Study. I was interested in only a few subjects: biology, geography, history, geometry, physical education. The rest was perceived as a commitment. But for fours I once pulled. We lived in Finland for about a year. Then return to Russia. Started going to the biological circle. Went on an expedition. In fact, I have always been surrounded by mentors and very gifted children from gymnasiums. This has affected me a lot.

Started working right after school. Even before the university, I worked for a tutor, because the school was weak, and the goal was one – St. Petersburg State University. I attended, but it was difficult and only learned for 2 years, graduating from Mountain University in a more lite absentia format allowing to combine with work. And of course, during this period there were the very first and strong relationships.

The work. The family. Hobby.

Getting a job, I thought mostly about interest, not money. I went to the hobby – aquariumistics. But here it turned out that I have the organizer’s plans and a constant desire to improve something. That’s why I gradually climbed the career ladder and ended up sticking myself into the ceiling.

Family came with stable work. 5 years married. I managed to be happy with variable success. But this has turned into a routine, and the home hearth has always wanted to be seen as a quiet harbor in which you can recover, not just waste energy. The marriage has broken up, but there is a beautiful daughter and a very good relationship.

Distracted from problems, getting carried away by different hobbies. Hiking and cycling. Been to 20 countries. I started to get into dancing. But the main hobby remained aquariumistics. And all because I started to develop a separate, previously poorly studied, but very promising 10 years annually organized an international competition and became a famous person around the world in certain circles. Got carried away by underwater photography. We started inviting you to the events.

By the end of the third decade, I founded my business – an online store of natural scenery

It was difficult to decide, but I did it. I managed to get out of stability right away.


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