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The Beautiful, Bubbly World of Underwater Photography Can Inspire Aquatic Design

Posted by on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Dog fetching ball underwater

Dog fetching ball underwater — Image source: Huffpost.com

Today’s article is about the beauty of aquatic art, particularly underwater photography. I could talk about professional photographers and analyze their works, but instead I think I’ll just share with you a few of my favorite pictures while telling you a story. Continue reading…

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Why Getting a Design Aquarium Is the Best Thing You’ll Ever Do

Posted by on Monday, February 10th, 2014

Design Aquarium

Your aquarium can be a reflection of your personality.
Image from Opulentitems.com via homeinteriorproject.blogspot.com

On this blog, we’ve discussed everything you can put in your aquarium, from the tamest plants to the scariest sharks. We have countless articles about how to build and maintain your aquarium, and the best places to put it. But most of those articles are geared toward people who already have an aquarium, or have made up their mind.  A lot of them are for people dedicated to the hobby. But there is an area we haven’t covered well enough, and an audience we haven’t spoken to, and those are the people who are on the fence. There are a lot of people who might have toyed with the idea of getting fish, but simply think they’re going to have an ugly glass box with a couple of needy fish bubbling pointlessly around.

That doesn’t have to be the case. A company like Okeanos can deliver you an aquarium of your dreams, an extension of your personality. Here’s why your life will be better if you get yourself a design aquarium built with you in mind.

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Water and Ice Inspire Beautiful Olympic Buildings in Sochi- Can They Inspire Your Design Aquarium?

Posted by on Friday, February 7th, 2014

Sochi Olympic venues

An artist’s rendering of the Sochi Olynpic venues from the Black Sea.
Image from wikimedia.com

This weekend, the Sochi Winter Olympics will kick off, and people are anticipating them with a topsy-turvy mix of emotions. There is the usual excitement that comes with the Games: the thrill of competition, the drama and pagentry of figure-skating, the usual jokes about curling (which isn’t fair, because: wouldn’t you want to be a curler?). There is also dread of what will go wrong, because it is assumed that despite spending $51 billion on the Games the Russians won’t deliver (but people think that about every Olympics). Then there is the controversy about the price tag, about Russia’s human rights violations, their policies toward gay rights, and the way people were kicked out of their homes for the Olympic venues to be built.

But we’re not going to get into that. I want to talk about the stadiums, but not about their cost, the quality of construction, or what was lost for them to be built. Those are all important, and architecture and design can’t (and shouldn’t) be divorced from their social context, but it is also important not to lose sight of their impressive design. The designers of Sochi, for all the flaws, delivered a cohesive and aesthetically-significant setting for the Olympic games.

Not many people think of Russia as being particularly water-based, and for the most part, it isn’t. Russia is known for the crushing vastness of its endless steppes and the ceaseless frozen expanse of Siberia. But Sochi is in the Caucasus mountains, a non-ethnic Russian region subjugated over hundreds of years and integrated into the federation. The Caucasus are shaped by their mountains and by the way they form an isthmus between the Black and Caspian Seas. Sochi is a gorgeous resort town hard on the Black Sea. The designers of the games took the region’s connection to the water and tied it to the spirit of winter. Here are some of the more remarkable buildings you’ll see at the games.

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An Outdoor Aquarium Is the Perfect Addition to Any Gorgeous Deck, Patio, or Backyard

Posted by on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Outdoor Aquarium

This fancy outdoor aquarium is sure to impress your guests.
Image from messagenote.com

On this blog we’ve talked about a few reversals, like bringing your koi pond inside and adding a waterfall to your living room (where, I have to stress, they rarely occur naturally). But we’ve rarely taken the reverse route: bringing items that are normally found indoors to the outside. But we can do that, if we take a look at the booming field of outdoor aquariums.

It is admittedly strange that this is something surprising, that we’d be shocked at the very idea of fish existing outside our house. Obviously, that is they belong. But the backyard exists as kind of a hybrid- it is our property, sure, and we try to tame it with lawnmowers and porches and sheds and those little gnomes that stare at you, always. But it is also infused with nature, and so it seems unusual to add fish to it. It’s the land, but not the sanitized and protected land under our roof.

It’s the juxtaposition and hybridization that I think gives outdoor aquariums their capacity to surprise and thrill. It’s not just the goosing jump of seeing something where you don’t expect, but seeing something where you have the nagging feeling it shouldn’t be. Luckily, that isn’t the case. Aquariums can be in the backyard, provided you keep a few things in mind.

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Live Every Week Like It’s Shark Week: Awe-Inspiring Predators Add Drama to Your Luxury Aquarium

Posted by on Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Indoor shark tank

“Oh the shark, babe, has such teeth dear, and it shows them, pearly whites…” Bobby Darrin would approve of your home shark tank.
Image source: bigalscanada.com

On the great TV show 30 Rock, movie star Tracy Jordan advised hayseed Kenneth that if he really wanted advice on how to live life to the fullest, he had to “live every week like it’s Shark Week.” Throughout the show, Tracy would frequently talk about his love of sharks, and how he has a big shark tank in his house. Well, it turns out that the insanely wealthy, absurdly funny man-child of the the show has a lot in common with the impossibly funny, hyper-self-aware absurdist actor who plays him, Tracy Morgan (not much of a surprise). Morgan revealed last year that he has a $400,000 shark tank in his house.

Now, obviously, that’s a little excessive. We don’t all have his money, or talent (or, as Morgan-as-Jordan said when told he was ridiculous, “I know! It’s a good thing people laugh when I say things!”). But that doesn’t mean we can’t have what some would consider the pinnacle of aquarium life in our homes – the apex predator, nature’s perfect killing machine, a beast out of legend, and one of striking beauty: the shark.

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