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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.
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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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Amazing Underwater Restaurant Serves as Inspiration For Luxury Aquariums in Your Home or Business

Posted by on Friday, January 31st, 2014

 

Underwater Restaurant

If you tell me you don’t want to eat here, I probably won’t believe you.
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Eating underwater has never really been one of mankind’s top goals. If you are eating with the ocean over your head, chances are something has gone catastrophically wrong, and, honestly: you probably have bigger concerns than dinner (namely, avoiding becoming dinner). But that isn’t always the case, as proven by the jaw-dropping underwater restaurant at the Conrad Hotel in the Maldives. Named Ithaa, which means “mother of pearl” in Divhehi, the national language, the restaurant is an architectural, engineering, and aesthetic wonder. It rests under 16 feet of ocean, which doesn’t seem to be a lot at first glance, but the amount of sea life that can fit in those 16 feet is staggering. And it isn’t just the roof- the walls and ceiling are made of a curved, reinforced glass, offering a 270-degree view of the ocean. Continue reading…

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The Pebble-Shaped Aquarium of Batumi, Georgia

Posted by on Friday, August 16th, 2013

Batumi Aquarium

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Rocks usually aren’t a very calming sight. They’re hard, dull, and cold. At worst they’re jagged and chaotic. Put a rock at the bottom of a flowing stream, however, and it gradually transforms into a smooth pebble that embodies the peace and harmony of flowing water. Continue reading…

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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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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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These Stunning Coral Close-Ups Will Make You Feel Groovy, Dude

Posted by on Monday, May 27th, 2013

Saltwater Timelapse

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Last week we looked at timelapse footage of aquariums as they slowly grew into stunningly beautiful aquascapes. As cool as the footage was, it’s hard to really appreciate timelapse videos that span months because you can’t replicate that same experience in everyday life. So today I thought I’d speed things up a bit by taking a look at aquarium timelapse footage that only takes place over a few minutes or hours. Get ready for a show — if you’ve never had the opportunity to watch a custom aquarium over the course of a day then you’re in for a real treat. 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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How to Replicate the Tides in Your Aquarium

Posted by on Friday, May 17th, 2013

Tidal Pools

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“Tide goes in, tides go out. You can’t explain that!” That second sentence was added after the fact by Internet users, but nonetheless Bill O’Reilly briefly achieved Internet infamy after making that statement in a debate with Dave Silverman of American Atheists. The tides aren’t quite as mysterious as O’Reilly seems to believe — it’s common knowledge that the tides are caused by the moon’s gravity. 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…