Randall, Karen

Karen Randall grew up with aquariums as a child. While experienced in many facets of the aquarium hobby, as an adult her focus turned to a concentration on planted display aquariums and the study and propagation of aquatic plants. Her articles and photography have been published in multiple languages and publications around the world. For many years she authored the monthly column, “Sunken Gardens” in Aquarium Fish Magazine. She is an international speaker on aquarium subjects. Karen is past president of the Boston Aquarium Society, and serves on the board of the Aquatic Gardeners Association. She was editor of the AGA magazine, The Aquatic Gardener for 5 years and is now technical editor. She serves as a judge for both the AGA International Aquascaping Contest and the Aqua Design Amano International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest as well as serving on the jury of a number of live aquascaping contests. She has also served as a consultant on several major projects at public aquaria.

Karen travels frequently to study aquatic plants in the wild. In 2003 she was awarded the Northeast Council of Aquarium Society’s Betty Mueller Award; a life-time award for her outreach work and other contributions to the aquarium hobby.

Her book, Sunken Gardens, A Step-by-Step Guide to Planting Freshwater Aquariums was published spring 2017.


  • Exploring the Biotope of Thailand
  • Low-Tech Tanks
  • Sunken Gardens Plant Talk (& book signing)
  • Planted Aquariums
  • Plants
  • Planted Nano Tanks
  • Having Fun with Nano-Tanks
  • Practical Aquascaping
  • Biotopes of the World
  • Nano Tanks
  • Where Do Our Plants Come From?
  • Basics of Aquatic Horticulture
  • Asian Plant Travelogue
  • Sunken Gardens: Planting Aquatic Gardens 
  • Biotopes of the World: Diversity in Aquatic Habitats
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Speaker Topics: 
Collecting & Travel
DIY (Do It Yourself)
Nano Tanks

Past Speaking Events

Event Name Date
NJAS Meeting Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 12:30
CAOAC 2016 Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:00 to Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 23:00
BAS Meeting Monday, September 16, 2013 - 20:30
BAS Meeting Monday, March 20, 2017 - 20:30
TFSRI Meeting Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 20:30
TFSRI Meeting Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 20:30
TFCB Meeting Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 20:30
AGA Convention 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 - 18:00 to Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 18:00
JSAS Meeting Monday, April 10, 2017 - 19:30
NEC 2009 Convention - "Starfish Wars: Revenge of the Ick" Friday, March 20, 2009 - 09:00 to Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 18:30