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World War III: In Your Fish Tank

Posted by on Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Deadly Sweeper Tentacles can Sting Other Coral

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Aquariums are so relaxing, so tranquil, so incredibly peaceful. You see the colorful marine life lazily drifting around, seemingly without any care in the world. Add to that scene gently swaying plants and lovely coral and you’ve got the picture of harmony. Continue reading…

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Check Out These Tiny Squidlings from the Vancouver Aquarium!

Posted by on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Opalescent Squid Larva at the Vancouver Aquarium

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As beautiful as our home aquariums may be, most of us don’t have the money, space, or licenses to keep some of the world’s most exotic sea creatures. To see those, we have to make trips to some of the larger commercial aquariums of the world, such as the Vancouver Aquarium. Continue reading…

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Weird Aquariums: One Pot, Two Lives

Posted by on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Fish Hiding in Plants

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Out in the ocean and rivers there are a million different components working together to create a harmonious ecosystem for fish. Aquarists can replicate those conditions as best they can, but there will always be a few problems that hobbyists run into. Probably the single biggest issue is clean water, and that includes all of the complicated details like pH level, ammonia levels, and water cleanliness. Continue reading…

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An Oldie but a Goodie: The Goldfish

Posted by on Monday, May 28th, 2012

A Common Goldfish

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Of all the fish from all the oceans, rivers, and lakes, the goldfish is probably the single most iconic and universally-loved fish on the planet. Goldfish are so ubiquitous that a lot of people don’t really question the origins of goldfish as aquarium species. You see one of these yellow-orange fish swimming around in a fishbowl and you don’t give it another thought, because of course it would be a goldfish. What else? Well, it didn’t always used to be this way. Goldfish have a long and storied history the extends back thousands of years. Continue reading…

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Aquatic Art at Japan’s Stunning Aquarium Exhibit

Posted by on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Aquarium Art at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo

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Fish are pretty. Water is pretty. Throw the two together and you usually have a pretty aquarium. The problem is that it kind of ends there. Aquariums are pretty, sure, but they usually don’t quite reach the realm of true aquatic art. There are a few exceptions, but finding an artistic aquarium is actually quite rare. Continue reading…

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Dive into England’s Largest Home Aquarium

Posted by on Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Jack Heathcote Cleaning his Indoor Aquarium

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Alright, so you’re reading a blog about aquariums. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you’re the type of person who digs fish, otherwise you’d be on one of the berjillion other websites that the World Wide Web has to offer. Some of you may even be diehard hobbyists who have devoted thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to your aquariums. Continue reading…

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Puff the Magic Fish: Pufferfish

Posted by on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

A Fully Inflated Pufferfish

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Suppose you’re a shark. You’re the king of the ocean, an eating machine that can tear apart seals and smaller fish like they were nothing. The world is your banquet and it’s all you can eat, every day of the week. There’s one fish that you’d probably want to stay away from, though: the pufferfish. To predator fish puffers may be a buzzkill, but for aquarists they are a unique and charming fish that make a great addition to an aquarium. Continue reading…

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Bringing Your Fish Tank into the Age of Information with the Blackreef Control

Posted by on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Blackreef Aquarium Controller

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Technology’s a great thing, isn’t it? I can chat with somebody on the other side of the planet, look up anything that interest me on the Internet, and activate my car with a touch of a button from thousands of miles away. All of this remote access is making our lives easier, so why can’t aquarium hobbyists get in on the action too? Continue reading…

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5 of the World’s Most Beautiful Home Aquariums

Posted by on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Aquatic Art Aquascaping at the IAPLC

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Aquariums are great and all, but sometimes we have to wonder, “Why bother?” They’re expensive, impossible to move, and can take a ton of energy and time to maintain. Are they even worth it? It all boils down to taste, I suppose, but one absolutely unavoidable fact is that aquariums are simply gorgeous. We’ve all seen aquariums, but most people don’t really understand just how absolutely beautiful aquariums can be. Continue reading…

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When Size Doesn’t Matter: 5 Tips for Tiny Aquariums

Posted by on Friday, May 18th, 2012

Small Fish Bowl with Goldfish

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Not everybody wants a 200 gallon fish tank that takes up tons and space and costs more than your cable bill to maintain every month. Sometimes, good things come in small packages, and tiny aquariums can add the perfect touch to a home or office space. Small aquariums may not require a huge amount of thought and effort, but I can still offer a few simple tips and tricks to make sure that your tiny aquarium is a big success. Continue reading…