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Aquariums and the Art of Complementary Colors

Posted by on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Eye Color

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What’s your favorite color?

Do you prefer vibrant reds or cool blues? Do you like the Japanese-inspired simplicity of black, white, and brown, or do you want to be surrounded by bright neons and swirling colors? Continue reading…

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A Season of Colors: An Autumn-Inspired Aquarium

Posted by on Friday, October 12th, 2012

Floating Autumn Leaf

Image source: Sweetmuskan.com

It’s October, a time that seems to be dominated by the color orange. Leaves slowly change from green to orange, pumpkins line the front porches of suburban neighborhoods, and kids happily munch on candy corn. Today, we’re going to use the beautiful, vibrant colors of October as inspiration for Autumn-themed aquarium ideas. Say goodbye to the cool, blue colors of traditional aquariums and welcome the warm, fiery hues of red, orange, and yellow! Continue reading…

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Tinkle with Sea Turtles at this Underwater Toilet

Posted by on Monday, July 16th, 2012

Mumin Papa Cafe Aquarium Toilet

Image source: Topstail.com

For most of us, potty time is also private time. Some of us bring a magazine or an iPad to keep us company, but typically it’s just you, your thoughts, and the toilet. Continue reading…

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The Nudibranch: Is It Hideous or Beautiful?

Posted by on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Alabaster Nudibranch

Image: seaotter.com

It’s time for another fish profile! This time, I’m going to be tackling the Nudibranch (which isn’t as dirty as it sounds). What’s a nudibranch? Well, I’m glad you asked! Obviously, it’s a… Uhm, it’s… It sure is something, all right. Continue reading…

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5 Pieces of Useful (And Beautiful) Aquarium Furniture

Posted by on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Aquarium Coffee Table

Image: Instructables.com

What do fish tanks and arm chairs have in common? If you said, “absolutely nothing,” then you’d only be right 99 times out of 100. Most pieces of furniture are built out of wood or fabric, but I think that shows lack of imagination. Why build furniture when you can build fishiture? OK, I admit: that name needs some work, but the general principle still applies. Just become most aquariums are rectangular boxes you place on a table, that doesn’t mean that your aquarium can’t also have a slightly more utilitarian function. So, today we’re going to take a look at five handy pieces of aquarium furniture.

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Interview with Fernando Nosratpour of California’s Birch Aquarium

Posted by on Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, CA

Image: travelmuse.com

California is known for quite a few things. They’ve got great wine, famous celebrities, tons of health food, and a stretch of the beautiful Pacific Coast. You can usually find muscled surfers and bronzed blondes hanging out around its frothy waves, but travel a few hundred feet further out and you’ll see a completely different set of beach-lovers: fish, crabs, jellies, and other water-breathing creatures. Continue reading…

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The AbyssBox: An Aquarium for the Bottom of the Ocean

Posted by on Thursday, June 21st, 2012

AbyssBox Aquarium with Deep-Sea Crab

Image: wired.com

Most people don’t think of aquariums as being very high-tech. Generally speaking, that’s a pretty accurate assumption. Aquariums are usually little more than watertight enclosures with a few gallons of water. Even the massive tanks that you see at public aquariums are fairly low tech. It’s the same pumps, chemicals, and enclosure, just on a grander scale and with a higher price tag. Continue reading…

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4 Truly Nerdy Aquariums

Posted by on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The Nerd Fish

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I’m a huge nerd. I can never quite decide which I love more: aquariums, or the world of elves, magic spells, and laser-shooting space ships from old movies. So, as you might expect, I adore aquariums that show off a person’s inner geekiness. After all, there’s no law saying that your aquarium has to have rocks, plants, fish, and nothing else. Your aquarium can be as strange and unique as you are. To give you a bit of a push and help you channel your inner nerd for your next great fish tank project, here’s a list of some of the nerdiest aquariums on earth. Continue reading…

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Celebrating This Year’s Father’s Day with the Seahorse

Posted by on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

A Yellow Seahorse

Image: nationalgeographic.com

It was Father’s Day this past weekend, so now’s the perfect time to honor one of the ocean’s most adoring fathers: the seahorse. We may like to think that we live in a progressive society where men are able to take care of their kids as stay-at-home dads, but seahorses perfected that art long ago. We’ll get more involved in the seahorse parenting roles in a bit, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There are so many other interesting features of the seahorse that are relevant for saltwater aquarium hobbyists. Continue reading…

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The World’s Most Beautiful Aquarium? Japan’s Kuroshio Sea Exhibit

Posted by on Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Kuroshio Sea Exhibit

Image: theinspirationroom.com

A while ago, I did a piece on Japan’s Churaumi Aquarium. Considering the fact that the Japanese adore fish so much that they eat ’em raw, you could probably safely assume that the Churaui Aquarium is a sight to behold. You’d be right, of course, but it’s really hard to convey just how incredible the Churaumi Aquarium is without throwing you in a plane and sending you to Japan to see it in person. I try not to revisit topics, but the Kuroshio Sea exhibit alone is so beautiful that it deserves its own entry. Continue reading…