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Jan Calitz

Jan has been active in the Fish Keeping hobby since 1970.
Concentrating more on aquascaping and aquatic plants lately, he is still active in breeding various species of nano fish, exotic types of P. scalare and Neo Caridina Shrimp. He continues to keep a few specimen of Discus as well.

Venesh Pillay
Vice President
Ilse Janse van Rensburg
Kirsten Verwey

Handy Calculators and Tools


The Port Elizabeth Aquarium and Aquascaping Club is a non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering the hobby of fish keeping, showing and breeding, as well as Aquascaping and sustaining live aquatic plants in aquaria.

Our goals include:

  • providing a forum of fellowship for the sharing of our common interest in aquariums and aquatic gardening.
  • providing support and guidance to hobbyists of all skill levels through the free exchange of information, experience, and ideas.
  • promoting knowledge of the science of keeping freshwater as well as marine fish and invertebrae.
  • promoting the cultivation of aquatic plants for the pleasure of their scientific study; to improve understanding of growing techniques and to maintain a diversity of aquatic plants available to the hobby.
  • promoting aquatic plants as elements of design in the art of aquascaping; to foster aquascaping as self expression and the pursuit of art for art’s sake.
  • representing the aquarium hobby in the Port Elizabeth and surrounding areas; to encourage public interest and involvement in the hobby.

The Port Elizabeth Aquarium and Aquascaping Club Mission:

The Port Elizabeth Aquarium and Aquascaping Club’s mission is to bring together the expertise and experience of its members, with a purpose to share this information with others. The Club strives to safeguard the quality of life for aquarium organisms maintained in aquaria and promote an awareness of natural ecosystems in order to protect and share them with future generations.


What is Aquascaping – Part 1

To know Mother Nature, is to love her smallest creations’ Takashi Amano I often hear people ask what the difference is between a Planted Tank and Aquascape. Although it may sound like a straightforward question and an easy one to answer, there is quite a bit more to it than that.