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Chinese Artists Display 1,500 Goldfish in Skyscraper Replicas

Posted by on Friday, December 6th, 2013

Fishpond City

Fishpond City — Image source: Cargocollective.com

Civilization used to spread outward. Thanks to the marvels of modern engineering, civilization now likes to climb upward. Massive skyscrapers that give you the most bang for your real estate buck have become a common sight in cities across the world. It makes us wonder: if humans like vertical buildings, what would it look like if animals lived in vertical homes, as well? Continue reading…

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Eco-Friendly Thinking Finds Beauty and Profit in Rainwater

Posted by on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Rainwater retention

Bodies of water collect rainwater, attract wildlife, and keep the surroundings cool — Image source: Tumblr.com

Gutters don’t have a stellar reputation. The phrase “mind in the gutter” equates the gutter with filth and perversion, and cleaning decaying gunk out of your gutters is one of the worst chores ever invented. That’s really a shame, because rain is one of the most beautiful shows that Mother Nature has to offer. We’ve all seen rain countless times, but every once in a while you just have to look out the window and marvel at how stunningly beautiful and powerful rain truly is. Continue reading…

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5 Futuristic, Luxurious Bathtubs that Will Spice Up Bathtime

Posted by on Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Luxury Bathtub

Custom aquariums aren’t the only way to bring luxurious aquatic art into your home. Have you ever thought about giving your bathroom a major makeover by installing a state-of-the-art bathtub? These bizarre bathtubs are sure to add some sexiness, excitement, and fun to your daily bathing routine! Continue reading…

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Construction to Begin on World’s First Floating City!

Posted by on Friday, November 29th, 2013

Freedom Ship International

A view of Freedom Ship International — Image source: Inhabitat.com

Some technology is inevitable. We know it’s on its way, but nobody can be exactly sure just how many years it will be until it finally becomes a reality. Floating architecture is a perfect example of this. Designers have come up with a few rudimentary floating buildings, but nobody has genuinely made an attempt to build a floating city of the future. Continue reading…

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Migaloo Private Submarine Takes Underwater Luxury to a Whole New Level

Posted by on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Migaloo

A giant yacht and a whale for scale. — Image source: Motioncodeblue.com

Many people like to think of personal yachts as the absolute epitome of luxury. After all, what could possibly be more extravagant than sailing around the world on your own private floating mansion? Continue reading…

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19-Year-Old’s Floating Filter Invention Could Save the World’s Oceans

Posted by on Monday, November 25th, 2013

Boyan Slat's Water Filter

Boyan Slat’s Water Filter — Image source: Inhabitat.com

We love the ocean at Okeanos Aquascaping. After all, we wouldn’t be able to build stunning custom saltwater aquascapes without all of the beautiful fish and coral that populate the world’s oceans. That’s why we take environmental conservation so seriously. The destruction of coral reefs won’t simply mean the end of aquascaping — it will also affect billions of people as delicate ecosystems wither and collapse. Continue reading…

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Okeanos Eliminates the Need for Chlorine in Swimming Pools

Posted by on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Natural Swimming Pool

Natural pool with nearby water garden — Image source: Swimming-teich.com

“Expect poison from the standing water.”

William Blake, my all time favorite poet, said that. He meant that much more in the metaphorical sense — nothing good comes from inaction. Today, I’m going to take it in the literal sense. If you let a body of water sit on its own for long enough, it’s bound to become teeming with microorganisms. You see, humans aren’t the only creatures that love water. Germs, parasites, and other microorganisms simply adore standing water.

So, we do our best to keep our swimming pools clean by dumping chlorine into the water, which acts as a very mild poison. It’s toxic to tiny creatures that live in the water, and it can even be harmful to children, causing health problems such as asthma.

Natural Swimming Pool

Two kids at a natural swimming pool — Image source: Swimuniversity.com

So pool owners everywhere are done worrying about the potential health risks, not to mention that unpleasant chlorine smell. They’re throwing out the chlorine with the bathwater (so to speak) by seeking alternatives to chlorine.

We discussed natural swimming pools a few days ago. These chlorine-free pools combine the beauty of natural ponds with the functionality of swimming pools. The big problem, however, is that natural pools can become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria. I don’t care how eco-friendly you are — nobody likes swimming in a dirty pond.

Another alternative that is often proposed is simply adding salt to the water.  The saline movement is gaining popularity, but even this is not a natural solution. Chlorine is a natural byproduct of salt, so you will not be fully eliminating the presence of chlorine in the water, meaning the health risks involved with chlorine use will still be present.

But wait! There’s actually a third alternative. Here at Okeanos Group Aquascaping, we performed a little experiment with a modified aquarium filter to see how clean we could make the water. Here are the results:

It looks like a normal swimming pool, doesn’t it? We didn’t use one single drop of sterilizing chemicals to get that crystal-clear water. Instead, we relied entirely on a customized, state-of-the-art aquarium filtration system to remove any impurities.

But don’t take our word for it. QC Laboratories, a company that specializes in scientifically analyzing trace chemicals, tested the water and concluded that it was the cleanest filtered water they’d ever encountered. In fact, it passed regulatory standards by leaps and bounds.

Filtered swimming pool

The filtered swimming pool from Okeanos.

This experiment opens up a whole world of possibilities for luxurious natural swimming pools. A lot of people out there wouldn’t even begin to entertain the idea of a natural swimming pool because they’re afraid of germs, or because they want the crystal-clear waters that (they believe) only chlorine-based pools can offer.

However, this water filter allows you to get the best of both worlds: the clean, sterile swimming conditions of a chlorine-based pool, with the organic beauty of a natural swimming pool. The water will be perfectly crystal clear at all times. And while it’s best to create your natural swimming pool indoors, it can also be built outdoors, and still remain clean.

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool with custom aquarium filter.

So, you might want to rethink your backyard. You could do what everybody else does and install a concrete swimming pool… OR you could impress all of your friends and family by installing a stunning, one-of-a-kind, natural swimming pool.  It’s almost like swimming in your own giant aquarium!

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Staying Cool with Qatar’s Mist-Generating Outlook Tower and Other Aquascapes

Posted by on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Outlook Tower

An artist’s rendition of Outlook Tower in Qatar. — Image source: Inhabitat.com

Qatar is hot. Really hot. In July the average temperature is a sweltering 106º F, the type of heat that makes you want to lie down and cling to your air conditioner. Continue reading…

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The Manta Resort: A Luxurious, Two-Person, Underwater Hotel

Posted by on Monday, November 18th, 2013

Manta Inn

Live in luxury at the Manta Resort. Image source: Inhabitat.com

I’ve written about dozens of different underwater building designs, and almost all of them have one thing in common: they’re completely unreasonable. Perhaps the designers realize that the budget for an underwater building is so prohibitively expensive that they may as well make the design as exciting as possible because it’s unlikely to get built anyway. Perhaps it’s because designing an underwater house feels like something out of a science fiction movie, so they stop worrying about realistic concerns like physics and how the inhabitants are supposed to go about their daily lives. Continue reading…

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Can Luxury Aquariums Double as Natural Swimming Pools?

Posted by on Friday, November 15th, 2013

Natural Swimming Pool

Image source: Inhabitat.com

How would you like to swim with the fishes? No, I don’t mean in the “killed by the mafia” sense of the phrase — I mean literally swim alongside fish. Some squeamish folk may not be keen on the idea, but others adore the idea of a natural, beautiful aquascape that is both an art piece and a swimming pool. But is such a thing even possible?

Pond swimming pool hybrid

Image from pondlady.blogspot.com

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