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Get Ready for an Egg Hunt! 3 Tips for Creating an Easter Aquarium

Posted by on Friday, March 29th, 2013

Easter Bunny in an Aquarium

Image source: Flaquarium.org

Easter is only two days away. I’m guessing that most of my readers are too old to go on Easter egg hunts, but we can all still¬†celebrate¬†Easter in our own special way. Why not kick off the holidays with an Easter-themed aquarium? Continue reading…

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Brrr! Keeping it Frosty with Coldwater Reef Aquariums

Posted by on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Coldwater Reef Aquarium

Image source: Reefbuilders.com

What do you imagine when you picture a reef? You’re probably imagining bright colors, thousands of fish, exotic creatures like star fish and corals, a warm sun, and cerulean blue waters. There’s probably also a sparsely populated tropical island nearby full of white sand, palm trees, and a couple of pina coladas with your name on them. Continue reading…

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3 Creatures That Will Help You Decorate Your Aquascape

Posted by on Monday, March 25th, 2013

Decorator Crab

Image source: Ocean.nationalgeographic.com

Decorating: you either love it or you hate it. Since you’re reading a blog about custom aquarium design, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you love it. Designing a custom aquarium is a truly unique experience because you’re only half of the equation. No matter how much planning you do, it’s ultimately up to the individual creatures in your aquascape to flourish in a complete ecosystem. You can place plants and coral in certain areas, but you have practically zero control in how those creatures grow. Continue reading…

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Fun With Physics: Bottomless Fish Tanks

Posted by on Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Open Bottom Fish Tank

Image source: Enkiaqua.wordpress.com

Aquarists have a love-hate relationship with water. On the one hand, it’s the lifeblood of our hobby that helps us create beautiful aquascapes. On the other hand, it can be incredibly difficult to work with. Water has only one objective: to go down. Any hole, gap, or crack in your aquascape will transform your beautiful art piece into a gigantic puddle. Unlike architects, who can create truly bizarre shapes out of rock, stone, and wood, aquarists are seriously limited by water. Some ideas are practically impossible to implement because water just won’t do what you want it to do. Continue reading…

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3 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Get an Aquarium

Posted by on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Coral Bleaching

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If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge into the world of custom aquariums, now’s the perfect time to get started. No, this isn’t some sort of sales pitch — if you put off getting your dream custom aquarium you’ll probably be kicking yourself over it later. Three very good reasons prove that you should act now before it’s too late. Continue reading…

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5 Fish that Break the Color Mold

Posted by on Monday, March 18th, 2013

Pink Fish

Image source: Animal.memozee.com

Henry Ford famously wrote in his autobiography, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” Some people think the same thing about aquarium wildlife, that if you want a specific species of fish then you’re pretty much stuck with the default color. While that may be true for some species of fish, you’d be surprised by just how incredibly diverse fish coloration can be. So today, we’re going to break the mold by looking at interesting color options for some popular species. Continue reading…

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The Ultimate Souvenir: Creating a Vacation-Inspired Aquascape

Posted by on Friday, March 15th, 2013

Eiffel Tower Keychain

Image source: Etsy.com

When most people go on vacation, they bring back a souvenir. Photographs, knickknacks, and commemorative t-shirts may do a poor job of capturing the essence of a foreign country, but their true value lies in their ability to evoke memories and connect a person to his past. You can do the exact same thing (but better!) with a souvenir aquarium. Yeah, I know that the idea sounds a little bit silly at first, but if you bear with me it’ll all make sense. Continue reading…

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5 Quirky Crustaceans That Will Add a Splash of Color to Your Aquascape

Posted by on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Red Fire Shrimp

Image source: Plantedtank.net

When people design an aquascape, they generally focus on fish, aquatic plants, and coral. It’s easy to overlook shrimp, snails, and other armored denizens of the deep. We want to help your aquarium come out of its shell, so to speak, by proving just how gorgeous shelled animals can be. Continue reading…

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How Many Fish Can You Keep in Your Aquarium?

Posted by on Monday, March 11th, 2013

Overstocked Aquarium Tank

Image source: Aquariumwatch.com

This question comes up a lot among people who are new to the hobby. They want to create an aquascape that’s absolutely bursting with vibrant fish, but they have a hard time evaluating how much fish can safely coexist in a single tank. Unfortunately, there’s no simple equation that you can apply to every situation. Each species of fish is different, so whatever rules apply to one fish probably won’t apply to another fish. The good news is that there are a few basic guidelines that can help you make the best decision for your aquascape. Continue reading…

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6 Celebrities with Lavish Custom Aquariums

Posted by on Friday, March 8th, 2013

Alton Brown with Custom Aquarium

Image source: Tnaqua.org

Thanks to shows like MTV Cribs and the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, anyone can get a glimpse into the multi-million dollar mansions of actors and rock stars. Sometimes, we’re even lucky enough to spot these celebrities’ high priced custom aquariums. Continue reading…