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Less is More: Declutter with Aquarium Minimalism

Posted by on Monday, April 29th, 2013

Minimal Freshwater Aquarium

Image source: Premiumaquatics.com

Steve Jobs and Apple forever changed the world of art with their revolutionary design philosophy. They didn’t use flashy colors and loud announcers who shout, “More, more, more!” Instead, they opted for simplistic black, grey, and black color schemes that utilize tons of white space and elegantly simple designs. Their products proved to be breath of fresh air in a world that bombards us with sensory overload. Continue reading…

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Interior Design Tips: Creating Harmony with Multiple Aquariums

Posted by on Friday, April 26th, 2013

Two Aquariums

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Interior decoration is an art form. You have to take into consideration a hundred tiny little details about a living space — the room’s size, the flow of foot traffic, the color of the walls, art pieces, the view outside the window, and so forth. Seamlessly incorporating a custom aquarium into a living space can be a little bit tricky, but it has an incredible payoff because the living ecosystem enhances the beauty of the room. We’ve talked about aquariums and interior decoration a few times on this blog, but today we want to venture into new territory: creating harmony between multiple aquariums. Continue reading…

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Taking the Plunge: How to Get Started in the Aquarium Hobby

Posted by on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Nano Reef Aquarium

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As much as I love aquascaping, it suffers from one major drawback: it’s kind of hard for newcomers to break into the hobby. To be honest, I think that’s the main reason why more people don’t own aquariums. Continue reading…

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Behold the Fish Tornado! Creating a Schooling Fish Aquarium

Posted by on Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Schooling Fish

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They say that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Sometimes, I feel like that phrase was created with fish in mind. Continue reading…

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Robo Fish: Kitschy Novelty or a Taste of the Future?

Posted by on Friday, April 19th, 2013

Robo Fish

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Technology is getting crazy. The military is building laser guns, we can carry around the Internet in our pockets, and 3D printers allow you to create virtually anything in just a few minutes. You might think that aquariums would be somewhat removed from the technology explosion because the natural world and technology generally don’t mix very well, but you’d be dead wrong. Continue reading…

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Give Your Business a Marketing Boost with Temporary Aquariums

Posted by on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Octopus Stencil

Image source: Walkscore.com

Aquariums are kind of like flatscreen TVs. They’re a pain to set up, but once you’ve got them up and running they’ll give you hours of entertainment. The¬†difficult¬†set up of aquariums make them a permanent fixture in many homes. In fact, many homeowners choose to install aquariums within the actual architecture of houses. Continue reading…

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Dark and Mysterious: 3 Ways Shadows can Improve Your Aquarium

Posted by on Monday, April 15th, 2013

Cave with Waterfall and Moss

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Should your aquarium be dark and shadowy? Continue reading…

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How to Design a 360 Degree Aquarium to Act as a Room’s Centerpiece

Posted by on Friday, April 12th, 2013

360 Degree Saltwater Aquarium

Image source: Advancedaquarist.com

Aquariums are unique in the world of home decoration. Unlike paintings, which are flat and two-dimensional, and unlike televisions and furniture, which generally face in just one direction, aquariums can provide a complete 360 degree viewing experience. It’s common to see aquariums set flush against walls or tucked into the corners of rooms, so it’s easy to forget this fact. Continue reading…

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High-Tech vs. Low-Tech: How Many Gizmos Should Your Aquascape Have?

Posted by on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

High-Tech Aquarium

Image source: Head-fi.org

Technology is great. It makes our lives easier, it keeps us entertained, it saves lives, and it helps us maintain our aquariums. As nice as technology is, some people believe that technology doesn’t belong in an aquascape. After all, aquariums replicate nature, so it kind of misses the point to create a natural aquascape and then fill it with lots of gadgets and gizmos. Continue reading…

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One is the Happiest Number: Aquariums with a Single Fish

Posted by on Monday, April 8th, 2013

Lone Fish in the Ocean

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My brother and I are total opposites in a lot of ways. He likes to focus on a single task and give it 100 percent of his attention. I fancy myself as a jack-of-all-trades, dabbling in a hundred different projects. As you might expect, he and I have very different attitudes when it comes to aquascaping. He would rather create an aquascape that focuses on a single, large creature such as an eel or an oscar that dominates the tank. I would rather have a veritable zoo of creatures working together to create a visually complex aquascape. Continue reading…