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Out of Ideas: How to Draw Inspiration from Others’ Aquascapes

Posted by on Friday, June 28th, 2013

Inspirational Pictures

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A lot of people out there couldn’t be artistic if their lives depended on it. They still may appreciate art as much as the next person, but as soon as you give them a palette full of paint and tell them to paint a pretty picture or ask them to brainstorm creative ideas, they have no idea what to do. Continue reading…

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Transforming Your Entire Backyard Into an Aquarium with Smoke and Mirrors

Posted by on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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Window with Projected Ocean Footage

The thing that I’m about to share with you technically isn’t a real aquarium, but it’s so cool that I had to write about it. Take a look at the video and see if you can figure out what’s going on: Continue reading…

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Going Digital with a Mac OS X Aquarium Control System

Posted by on Monday, June 24th, 2013

Pacific Sun Aquarium Control System

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Aquarium technology hasn’t changed much over the past thousand years. There have been a handful of upgrades, like the invention of acrylic tanks and water pumps, but at the end of the day aquariums are pretty much just big tanks filled with water and aquatic species. Computers and Wi-Fi technology are finally making their way into the aquascaping world with software like Pacific Sun’s aquarium control program, which gives aquarium owners full control over their aquarium from anywhere on Earth. Continue reading…

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Don’t Be a Square! Tube-Shaped Aquariums

Posted by on Friday, June 21st, 2013

Fin's Labyrinth

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If you were tasked with transforming a chunk of land in the middle of a city into a sustainable farm, what would you do? That’s a question that theĀ Center for Urban Farming Competition posed to designers, environmentalists, and architects. It’s a tricky question because urban space usually doesn’t lend itself very well to farming. Tall buildings block crucial sunlight and real estate is far too valuable to devote hundreds of acres to farmland. Continue reading…

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Like Hanging a Picture: Wall-Mounted Aquariums

Posted by on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Wall-Mounted Aquarium

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If you gave somebody the task of spicing up a living space by adding art, I think it’s safe to say that most people would start by adding framed pictures. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if wall art such as posters, pictures, and paintings make up the most common household art in America. It makes sense — framed pictures have a couple of advantages that other art forms can’t match. They occupy giant empty spaces on the wall to make a living space feel less empty, they take up no floor space whatsoever, and they’re easily visible because they’re at eye level. Continue reading…

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How To Create a Beautiful Aquarium with a Vertical Garden

Posted by on Monday, June 17th, 2013

Vertical Garden and Aquarium Office

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Many people like to bring the outdoors indoors by incorporating potted plants and other verdant decorations into a living space. A potted plant or a vase of fresh flowers is probably the lowest level of indoor plant life. The next level above that is a verdant freshwater aquarium with dozens of vibrant plants. But why stop there? Continue reading…

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The Birds and the Bees: Breeding Your Aquarium Fish

Posted by on Friday, June 14th, 2013

Young Pufferfish

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Ah, spring is in the air. You know what that means — birds are chirping, bees are buzzing, and animals are making come-hither eyes at each other. Fish and other aquatic creatures are also getting their groove on, which brings us to a rather unique opportunity for aquascapers: fish breeding. Continue reading…

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Play Hide and Seek with Camouflage Aquariums

Posted by on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Camouflaged Stringray

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Camouflage is a truly unique adaptation in the animal kingdom. It helps creatures hide from predators, it helps them sneak up on unsuspecting prey, and it leaves creatures with stunning outlines and color patterns. Camouflaged creatures have their own special type of beauty, especially when they’re in an environment that supports their camouflage. The only way to truly appreciate a creature’s camouflage is to watch it perfectly blend in to its preferred environment. Continue reading…

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When it Comes to Aquariums, How Big is Too Big?

Posted by on Monday, June 10th, 2013

Large Freshwater Aquarium

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One of the best things about having a custom aquarium is how awe-inspiring they are. A beautiful aquarium is a show-stopper — people will eagerly crowd around an aquarium as they take in all of the gorgeous little details. Continue reading…

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4 Ways to Build a Quieter Reef Tank

Posted by on Friday, June 7th, 2013

Silence

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Peace, calm, tranquility — if these are the things that you seek, then a custom aquarium is the way to go. Continue reading…