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5 Strange Aquariums that are Clever, Quirky, and Just Plain Weird

Posted by on Friday, November 30th, 2012

"Out of Square" Aquascape and Garden

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This whole week I’ve been focusing on the most popular aquascaping styles.  We’re going to end this week by talking about the most exciting aquascaping style of all: your own! Continue reading…


Wabi-Kusa: Transforming Balls of Plants into Aquatic Art

Posted by on Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Wabi-Kusa Aquascape

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Torn between surf and turf? Can’t decide if you’d rather have a garden or an aquarium? Evidently, Japanese aquascapers have struggled with the same problem. Their solution is to come up with an aquascaping style known as Wabi-Kusa. Continue reading…


Three Humble Stones: Sanzon Iwagumi Aquariums

Posted by on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Japanese Sanzon Iwagumi Aquarium

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Yesterday we covered Iwagumi aquariums, so today’s the perfect time to tackle a subtype of the Iwagumi aquarium, the Sanzon Iwagumi. Both aquarium layouts focus on large stones as the dominant features, but Sanzon Iwagumi aquariums are distinct in that they always feature one large stone flanked by two smaller stones. Continue reading…


Go Zen with an Iwagumi Aquarium Rock Garden

Posted by on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Iwagumi Aquarium

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Yesterday we took a look at Dutch aquariums, so I thought that we could make this week all about theme aquariums! For the next four days, we’re going to dive in the various aquarium styles that currently dominate the hobby. Continue reading…


Going Dutch! The Intricate Beauty of Dutch Style Aquariums

Posted by on Monday, November 26th, 2012

Dutch Style Aquarium

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If you tell a hardcore aquarium enthusiast that you have a custom freshwater aquarium, then you can probably expect them to ask, “Dutch or Nature style?” These two styles dominate the world of freshwater aquariums. I already touched on Takashi Amano’s beautiful nature aquariums a few months ago, so today I thought we could get European and examine the intricate layout of Dutch planted aquariums. Continue reading…


Aquarium Gift Ideas for the Black Friday Shopping Bonanza!

Posted by on Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Black Friday Shopping

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It’s Black Friday, a day when normally decent human beings throw civility out the window and turn into a savings-crazed herd of predators determined to get the best deal. Will you join the crowd and hunt down the most popular items this year? You could do that, but allow me to suggest a truly unique gift alternative: an aquarium.

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5 Things Aquarium Loves Can Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Posted by on Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Thanksgiving for Aquarium Lovers

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It’s Turkey Day! You know what that means: it’s time to gather up your family and stuff yourself with turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Oh yeah – and remember the things that you’re thankful for. Everybody has their own unique list, but I’d like to point out a few aquarium-focused extras that you may want to add.

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Let’s Build a Thanksgiving-Themed Aquarium!

Posted by on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Trukey Fish

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s all about being together with your family and remembering the important things in your life. And best of all, it doesn’t get swamped in materialism like so many other holidays (I’m looking at you, Christmas). It doesn’t matter if you’re poor, sick, or if you’re suffering from a speech impediment — anybody can get together with the people they care about and focus on the good things in life. Continue reading…


4 Ocean-Inspired Accessories that Let You Share Your Aquarium Love with the World

Posted by on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Walking the Fish

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Aquariums are great and all, but they suffer from one flaw: it’s hard to show them off. It’s kind of ironic because the whole point of an aquarium is that it is a spectacle, but the only way that you can show off your aquascape to others is if you invite them over to your house or your aquarium-equipped business. Most other hobbies don’t suffer from that problem. If you’re into making your own jewelry, you can just wear your custom accessories around town. If you love dogs you can walk your pooch around the park. If old cars are your passion then you can cruise down the highway in your muscle car. Continue reading…


4 Fish Breeds with Quirky, Friendly Personalities

Posted by on Monday, November 19th, 2012

Fish with Personality

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Even if you’ve never owned a dog, odds are good that you know a little bit about dog personalities. They’re loyal, fun-loving creatures that will do just about anything to please people. Beyond that, every breed has its own unique personality. German Shepherds are fearless and loyal, labs are happy and trusting, and golden retrievers are gentle and loving. Continue reading…