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4 Stunning Aquascapes Inspired by Interior Design

Posted by on Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Aquascape with Matching Interior Design

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What do aquarium design and interior design have in common? Well, pretty much everything. Both art forms seek to create a harmonious and beautiful layout of objects in a living space. The only real difference between the two is that interior designers work with much bigger rooms and they don’t have to worry about waterproofing everything. Continue reading…

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The Top 5 Weirdest Coral Species

Posted by on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The Weirdest Coral that the Sea Has to Offer

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I love coral, but man are they freaking weird. To start off, they look like some sort of funky alien plant, but they’re actually animal colonies. There’s also very little consistency in how they’re shaped. They’re tall, short, fat, thin, spiky, smooth, colorful, bland, and everything in between. Continue reading…

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3 Tips for Creating a Touch Tank Aquascape in Your Own Home

Posted by on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Touch Tank with Children

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Dog owners and cat owners are lucky — they get to cuddle with their lovable fur balls on the sofa as they watch TV. Aquarium owners don’t really have that luxury. Well, technically you could¬†cuddle with your fish on your sofa, but I don’t know why you’d want to. Fish feel… well, weird. They’re cool and kind of slimy, which provides a novel experience for mammals like you and me that are accustomed to other warm-blooded creatures. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the experience is unpleasant, but I probably wouldn’t want to pet fish as much as I’d pet, say, a dog or a cat. Still, it’d be nice to have that option. Continue reading…

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Raise the Roof! 3 Advantages of Aquascapes with Natural Ceilings

Posted by on Monday, January 28th, 2013

Aquascape with Branches acting as a Natural Ceiling

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What do you have at the top of your aquarium? Well, unless it’s feeding time and you’re sprinkling food on the top of the water, then the answer is probably nothing. Most aquascapers place a heavy emphasis on the bottom and middle parts of an aquarium, while leaving the upper-most part of the aquarium relatively empty. Continue reading…

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Going Au Naturel: 3 Tips for Creating a Tea-Colored Blackwater Aquarium

Posted by on Friday, January 25th, 2013

Blackwater Aquarium

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Do you like murky waters? Do you want your fish to swim through a cloud of dead plant matter that represents fetid swamps and decaying life? Continue reading…

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Are Your Fish Grumpy? The Two Most Important Steps to Reduce Fish Stress

Posted by on Thursday, January 24th, 2013

This Grumpy Creature is Experiencing Fish Stress

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Think about your home for a second. Do you like it? You probably do — after all, you chose the furniture and the art pieces. But do you love it enough that you’d be willing to stay in your house every second of every day? Would you still love it after six months of nonstop house arrest? Continue reading…

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Aquarium Colorology: Entering Grey Territory with Neutral Colors

Posted by on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Custom Grey Freshwater Aquascape

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Let’s slow things down a bit. Let’s put aside the fiery reds, the vibrant yellows, and the elegant purples. Let’s go back to the basics and talk about simple colors: black, white, and grey. Continue reading…

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Aquarium Colorology: How to Create Peaceful Aquatic Zen Gardens with Brown Driftwood

Posted by on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Brown Custom Aquascape

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We’ve covered all of the basic colors of the rainbow with our Aquarium Colorology series. For those of you who missed out, you can find the previous installments here (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). But we’re not quite done — we still have to cover brown and the neutral colors. Continue reading…

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Aquarium Colorology: How Custom Purple Aquascapes Can Add a Touch of Luxury to Your Home

Posted by on Monday, January 21st, 2013

Purple Aquarium

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Here’s an interesting fact: did you know that thousands of years ago mankind’s main source of purple came from the ocean? It’s true — the color Tyrian purple comes from a certain species of sea snail that lived near the Romans. The dye was highly valued and incredibly difficult to harvest, which meant that extremely wealthy members of nobility were the only people who had enough money to afford Tyrian purple clothing. That’s why purple is so closely associated with nobility — Roman royalty wore a lot of purple and the trend stuck. Continue reading…

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Aquarium Colorology: Destress Your Living Space with Blue-tiful Blue

Posted by on Friday, January 18th, 2013

Saltwater Blue Aquarium

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Blue is kind of a funny color in the world of aquascaping. If somebody mentions the words, “ocean,” “water,” or “river,” what’s the first color that comes to mind? Blue, of course. In aquascaping, though, blue is somewhat underrepresented. You might think that it would be the dominant color in every single aquarium, but that isn’t really the case. Some aquariums don’t have any blue at all, while some aquascapers go out of their way to highlight colors other than blue. Luckily, there are still plenty of options for aquascapers who want to create a cool blue aquarium. Continue reading…