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Aquatic Figurines: Kitsch or a Misunderstood Art Form?

Posted by on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Aquarium with Figurines

Image source: Practicalfishkeeping.co.uk

Figurines get kind of a bad rap in the aquarium world. If you go to your local pet store, you’ll probably find a bunch of relatively cheap, plastic sculptures of sunken ships and treasure chests. They’re great for kids’ aquariums for the novelty effect, but they just don’t have a place in classy, custom aquariums. The problem is that people tend to lump all figurines together in the same category of “cheap, kitschy, plastic junk.” Continue reading…

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How to Select the Right Coral for Your Aquarium

Posted by on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Coral Reef

Image source: Noaa.gov

Introducing coral into an aquascape can be tricky. Not only do you have to select species that will be compatible with the rest of the ecosystem, but you also have to factor in size, shape, and color into your overall aquascape. How can you use coral to create a frilly, delicate living sculpture to enhance your overall aquascape? How can you use their vivid colors to enhance the beauty of your fish? Today, we’re going to dive into the world of coral to get a better idea of these bizarre, captivating creatures. Continue reading…

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Where Flame Meets Water: China’s Fiery Golden Moon Exhibit

Posted by on Monday, October 29th, 2012

Golden Moon Exhibit

Image source: Inhabitat.com

According to ancient Chinese mythology, the moon goddess Chang’e is only able to descent to Earth to visit her husband, Houyi, during the full moon of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Chinese people celebrate the holiday by throwing a big party. The centerpiece for 2012’s celebration is the massive Golden Moon art piece. Continue reading…

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Ripariums: Where Gardens Meet Aquariums

Posted by on Friday, October 26th, 2012

Riparium Plants

Image source: Ripariumsupply.com

Today, we’re going to think outside of the box. Or, to phrase it more precisely, we’re going to think outside of the tank. Most aquariums are watertight and carefully enclosed – for good reason. If they weren’t, then fish would unwittingly leap out of the tank and commit fishy suicide on your living room floor. Continue reading…

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When Bigger is Better: Massive, Room-Sized Aquariums

Posted by on Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Massive Outdoor Pool and Aquarium

Image source: Okeanosgroup.com

You know what they say: go big or go home. Public aquariums follow this motto with gigantic aquariums that are often larger than entire apartments. Typically, the only way to experience that kind of larger-than-life aquascape is to strap on scuba gear or hand over $20 at your local aquarium. Continue reading…

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Aquariums and the Art of Complementary Colors

Posted by on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Eye Color

Image source: Blogs.forsyth.k12.ga.us

What’s your favorite color?

Do you prefer vibrant reds or cool blues? Do you like the Japanese-inspired simplicity of black, white, and brown, or do you want to be surrounded by bright neons and swirling colors? Continue reading…

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Let Your Inner Child Bounce Across the Trampoline Bridge

Posted by on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Trampoline Bridge

Image source: Zundelcristea.com

Why walk when you can dance? Why talk when you can sing? Why stand when you can bounce? That’s the philosophy behind the Trampoline Bridge. It’s pretty much exactly as the name suggests: a bridge that invites pedestrians to hop, flip, and bounce to the other side of the river. I highly recommend finishing off your piping-hot coffee before walking across this bridge. Continue reading…

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The Beauty of Aquatic Art

Posted by on Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Kinetic Rain

Image source: Creatorsproject.com

Last week we took a look at beautiful art installations that can complement your aquascape. This week we’re going to kick things off by taking a look at a few gorgeous installations that are triumphs of aquatic beauty and artistic design. Continue reading…

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3 Interior Decorating Tips for Designing a Room Around an Aquarium

Posted by on Friday, October 19th, 2012

Okeanos Group Aquarium Interior Decorating

Image source: Okeanosgroup.com

Aquariums are so beautiful and captivating that they will completely dominate a living space. As lovely as they are, though, it’s important to remember that they need to aesthetically mesh with everything else in the living space. So today, we’re going to put on our interior decorator hat and examine a few tips for creating a visually cohesive aeshetic.

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When Flat is Hip: Slender Geometry from Tokyo’s House K

Posted by on Thursday, October 18th, 2012

House K in Tokyo

Image source: Cubeme.com

One of my primary goals is to tear down your preconceptions about aquatic architecture and highlight the near-endless possibilities. One of the most difficult traditions to break through is the shape of an aquarium. The vast majority of home aquariums are either TV-sized rectangular boxes, or spherical fish bowls. There isn’t anything wrong with these two aquarium shapes, per say – it’s just that these aren’t one-size-fits-all tanks. If you want a truly beautiful piece of aquatic art, then you should refuse compromise and dream up a truly unique aquarium that fits the aesthetic of your living space and your personality. Continue reading…