Jurijs was born in Riga in 1987 and with 11 years he started the aquarium hobby. He teached himself aquascaping in the year 2008 and became part of the AquascapingWorld forum. Soon he started learning to shoot photos with DSLR and 2011 he became selfemployed. For many years Jurijs is very active on Social Media and is judging aquascaping contests around the world. Since 2012 Jurijs is self employed professional aquascaper and has published his first articles in the Aquaristik Fachmagazin followed by numerous workshops and trade show events. 2013 he organized the first GAPLC contest in order of ADA Germany. Next he participated in the Eheim Roadshow in more than 15 different cities all around Germany. 2014 Jurijs changed to Dähne Verlag and became a contributing author to the aquaristik and caridina Magazines. Same year he became co moderator of the ScapeFu Podcast and founder of Lernscapen.de Today Jurijs is responsible for Tropica Aquarium Plants Social Media channels, is the host of the My-Fish.org Podcast and is breaking new ground in Aquascaping on YouTube.