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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 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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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 areĀ 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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5 of the Best Carpet Plants for Freshwater Custom Aquariums

Posted by on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Carpet Plant

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Yesterday I tackled the intricacies of plant selection. I realize that differentiating between plant species can be a little bit daunting. I mean, for the most part they’re all just green and leafy, right? Well, I’m hoping to show demonstrate just how varied aquatic plants can be by taking a good, hard look at five of the most popular carpet plant species. Continue reading…

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The 3 Most Important Things About Picking Freshwater Aquarium Plants

Posted by on Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Aquarium Plants

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One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish — that’s not just the title of a Dr. Seuss book, it’s also just a few of the near endless number of possibilities for your freshwater aquarium. There are also yellow fish, black fish, purple fish, shrimp, eels, and thousands of other freshwater aquatic species. But what about plants? I know that picking the right selection of fish can be pretty exciting, but are there really that many options for plant species? Continue reading…