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Add Life to Your Design Aquarium with These Beautiful Freshwater Plants

Posted by on Monday, January 20th, 2014

Our aquariums tend to age with us. Our first ones tend to be very simple, when we’re kids, both out of a lack of experience and because of pragmatic parents not wanting to dump a lot of money on the fluctuating whims of a child.  I don’t know if the comic-stereotype of the little bowl with some gravel and a lonely goldfish bubbling around is something that people still do – or if they ever did – but if not, that is just a slight exaggeration of the simple way many of us start our hobbies.

For those that stick with it, that recognize the fun and embrace the responsibility of creating an ecosystem, our aquariums tend to get more elaborate. They get bigger and incorporate more fish, and then tend to get plants. Again, at the beginning, people often want plastic plants. I know my first aquarium plants weren’t real – it was scary enough to try to keep fish alive; I wasn’t going to do the same with plants. But the main problem with plastic plants, of course, is that they are static: they never change, which takes a large chunk out of why having an aquarium is such a joy. You want a living space. Plants that grow and shift and flower add an organic and dynamic addition to any aquarium.

Flowering plants

A collection of plants give a natural feel to your tank.
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Top 5 Most Colorful Aquarium Fish

Posted by on Friday, July 12th, 2013

Colorful Reef Aquarium

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Aquariums are legendary for their bright, neon colors. So why waste time with aquarium fish that have dull colors? If you really want to add some wow factor to your living space, then nothing can beat the top 5 most colorful aquarium fish! 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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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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The Simplistic Beauty of an Underwater Bonsai Tree

Posted by on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Bonsai Tree

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I absolutely adore bonsai trees — I guess it really is true that good things come in small packages. They embody the Japanese principles of natural beauty, and they allow you to explore aesthetic options that just can’t get anywhere else. Where else would you be able to create a miniature forest on your desk? Continue reading…

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4 Trimming Tricks To Keep Your Aquascape Perfect

Posted by on Friday, May 31st, 2013

Trimming a Freshwater Aquascape

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Everything needs a bit of maintenance now and then. Your car needs oil changes, carpets need to be vacuumed, and grass needs to be mowed. Aquariums are no different. Aquascapers need to perform regular maintenance on their aquarium in much the same way that a gardener has to trim the bushes and get rid of the weeds. Continue reading…

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Timelapse Videos Show Your Aquarium’s Future

Posted by on Friday, May 24th, 2013

Timelapse Tree

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The phrase “watching grass grow” is synonymous with boredom. For aquascapers, though, watching an aquarium gradually grow and change over a long period of time can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s something that you can enjoy whether you have a saltwater or freshwater aquarium — coral gradually crawls across rocks in saltwater tanks and plants grow ever upward towards life-giving light in freshwater aquariums. Continue reading…

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Pro-Pearling: How to Maximize Bubble Volume in Your Aquarium

Posted by on Monday, May 20th, 2013

Freshwater Aquarium Pearling

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Everybody loves bubbles! Kids love to pop ’em, they make your soft drinks exciting, and they transform champagne into an elegant beverage. You can also incorporate bubbles into your custom aquarium — you just have to know how to create a bubbly aquascape. Continue reading…

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4 Tips for Arranging Plants in a Freshwater Aquarium

Posted by on Monday, May 13th, 2013

Lush Planted Aquarium

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Plants are easily the most important feature of a freshwater planted aquarium. They can make an aquascape appear lush and overgrown, wild and chaotic, neat and carefully manicured, simple and open, or diverse and colorful. The types of plants that you select are just as important as placement. Normally, you can look at other aquascapes as a source of inspiration, but when it comes to plant placement that’s practically impossible. Plants will quickly grow upward and obscure the aquascaper’s planting techniques, so it’s hard to tell how the aquascaper created such a gorgeous scene. Continue reading…

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Building a Snake Aquarium: Not for the Faint of Heart

Posted by on Friday, May 10th, 2013

Cottonmouth

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It’s kind of funny how people react to animals. People everywhere absolutely adore fish. If you have a beautiful custom aquarium then you can impress pretty much anybody on Earth. If you replace those fish with snakes and reptiles, then suddenly you’re going to provoke an entirely different reaction. Unlike fish, snakes are universally feared across all cultures. Continue reading…