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If You Build a Freshwater Aquarium on January 1st, When Will It Be Complete?

Posted by on Monday, December 31st, 2012

Before and After Freshwater Aquascape

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2012 has been a pretty good year. Psy graced the world with Gangnam Style, we watched another exciting set of Summer Olympics, and the planet didn’t blow up (that last thing is my favorite). We’ve got a lot of things to look forward to in 2013, including Ai Weiwei’s art exhibit in Ontario and the next installment of the Hobbit trilogy. For aquascapers like you and me, 2013 is the perfect time to start a freshwater aquarium project. But here’s the big question: how long will it take you to complete your aquascape? If you start working on your freshwater aquarium on January 1, will your aquarium be complete before 2014? Continue reading…

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4 Ways to Protect Your Aquarium Against Murphy’s Law

Posted by on Friday, December 28th, 2012

Broken Aquarium

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Sometimes, accidents happen. Cars wreck, glasses shatter, and $400 smart phones fall out of pockets into full toilets. Unfortunately, custom aquariums aren’t immune to Murphy’s Law, either. Aquariums can get cracked, broken, or (worst of all) tipped over. We can’t stop every single accident, but we can still do our best to be prepared. These handy tips can help protect your aquarium from an early grave, and they can spare you a hefty repair bill. Continue reading…

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My Pond Overfloweth! Spice Up Your Backyard Pond with Bubbling Fountains

Posted by on Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Khalifa Fountain in the United Arab Emirates Fountain

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It’s hard to resist the allure of a water fountain. I suspect that our love of fountains has something to do with biology. In the wild, running water, such as from a river or stream, indicates that it’s fresh and probably cleaner than standing water. So, it’s hardly surprising that humans and other creatures are drawn to running water. With the advancements in modern technology, this instinctive drive has become unnecessary — you can just turn on the tap and get all the water you want.  Still, that basic desire hasn’t gone away and it manifests itself in our love of aquariums, rivers, and fountains. So, for those of you who are thinking of sprucing up your backyard pond with a beautiful custom fountain, we’re going to pull inspiration from the best fountains from around the world. Continue reading…

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Look for Hidden Treasure with Sunken Ship Aquascapes

Posted by on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Sunken Ship

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If you had an aquarium when you were growing up, then odds are fairly good that your fish could swim through the plastic skeleton of a tiny sunken ship. There’s just something viscerally appealing about including a sunken ship in your aquarium. It’s not that we’re attracted by the sense of loss or tragedy — it’s that they appeal to our childlike sense of adventure. Even though most shipwreck sites have been completely picked clean, there’s always the little idea at the back of our mind that makes us think, “What if the ruins are hiding some sort of priceless treasure?” That idea captivates us, which is why sunken ships have always been such a popular centerpiece for aquascapes. Continue reading…

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Gather ‘Round these Aquatic Christmas Trees on the Holiday Season!

Posted by on Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Christmas Aquascape with Aquatic Christmas Tree

Image source: Aquafanat.com.ua

It’s Christmas! I suspect that many of you have spent your morning hanging out around the Christmas Tree. While evergreen trees are certainly the most common type of Christmas tree, we at Okeanos Group prefer a slightly wetter type of holiday celebration. So today, we’re going to take a break from our typical article topics to focus on good ol’ fashioned holiday cheer. Continue reading…

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Arctic Inspiration! Join Santa Claus on North Pole Diving Expeditions

Posted by on Monday, December 24th, 2012

Japanese Christmas Dive Show

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a puffer fish. Continue reading…

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Happy New Year! Prepare for 2013 with These Aquascaping New Year Resolutions

Posted by on Friday, December 21st, 2012

Times Square New Year Ball

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Look at that! We’re all still here. Meteors didn’t rain from the skies, zombies didn’t rise from their graves, and world leaders didn’t start launching nukes willy-nilly. It would appear that the Mayan apocalypse scare was as pointless as all Armageddon predictions that came before — all 156 of them. Now that 2013 seems like a safe bet, many of us are going to need to come up with New Year’s resolutions. Allow us to help you get a head start on 2013 with these suggested resolutions. Continue reading…

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Using Technology to Bring Your Aquascape into the 21st Century

Posted by on Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Galaxy Note 2 Liquid Pixels

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Usually, aquascapers get their inspiration from the natural world. They look at the gentle slope of a mountain or a peaceful group of trees and think, “How can I translate that into an underwater scene?” Every once in a while, though, aquascapers can get inspiration from corporate advertising. Yeah, I know that a 60 second TV clip that’s intended to sell you something isn’t quite as romantic as the wild, untamed recesses of nature, but engineers and commercial marketers can come up with beautiful ideas, too. Clever engineering concepts can transform a simple aquascape into a modern masterpiece. Continue reading…

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After Decorating Your Christmas Tree, Can You Decorate Your Aquarium, Too?

Posted by on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Voyage Light Display in Canary Wharf, London

Image source: Thisiscolossal.com

Christmas lights are everywhere! They’re on trees, they’re winding around wreathes, they’re in restaurants, and some are even hooked up to an electric eel-powered sequencer! But what about those of us who don’t have access to an electric eel? Are we just out of luck for festive holiday decorations this year? No way — a beautiful floating light display in London can provide us with all the inspiration we need. Continue reading…

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Untapped Power: Using Electric Eels to Power Digital Art!

Posted by on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Electric Eel Christmas Tree

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Move over, reindeer! Mother nature has a new candidate for representing Christmas cheer: electric eels! These snake-like fish may not be as adorable as reindeer, but much like Rudolph they can also create glowing lights. Clever aquascapers are using these electrically-charged fish to explore new and creative aquascaping concepts. Continue reading…