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Living Art – More Than Just An Aquarium

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Over 20 ago when I started in the aquatics hobby (pre-digital camera days) there wasn't a huge selection of foundations for a live coral aquarium. In fact, the selection was primarily bleached dead coral. It offered a very sterile environment for hobbyists with stark white crushed coral gravel and coral pieces.At the time, my room was created with a black and white theme- white walls, black futon sofa, black and white photographs including an over-sized black and white photograph of New York City. Considering the decor selection available at the time, it was only fitting that my 75 gallon tank was decked out in the black and white motif as well. It was a black tank with a  black stand and a black canopy. White gravel covered the bottom and bleached white coral filled the inside - had it been a living room, there would have been no red wine or grape juice allowed! The tank's occupants were a large school of spotted domino and four stripe damsels as well as a yellow tang adding a splash of yellow. It was fresh, modern and my own unique design! This tank was the beginning of my journey in aquatics as living art. Just like dogs and cats can resemble their owners - aquariums can be a reflection of your home or office space. Does your aquarium's design cater to your personality? Feel free to show off pictures of your tank below - we would love to see it! 

Need a little inspiration for your set up? Here are some tanks that you shared with us on Facebook and the Petco  Forum:

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[caption id="attachment_6386" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="10 Gallon Tiki from the Petco Forum"][/caption]
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  • Iluvdogs381

    I was a CAS for the Walla Walla, WA Store, and these are some OK set ups, but pail to ours :)

  • Abarela79

    Just to give some customers ideas.

  • Havanesepuppylover

    please beginners, buy a betta. A goldfish will NOT fit in anything smaller than a 50 gallon. Bettas are prettier anyways.

  • Jim Hart

    i am trying but the local store does not have much of a selection of salt water fish.
    live rock that is dead rock.
    invest in better fish for every store and they will come

  • VanillaNightt

    If you devote time and effort into your goldfish, they can live quite efficiently and be healthy in a take smaller than 50 gallons. Depends on how devoted you are to them. Don’t be discouraged into thinking you have to have the most expensive aquarium or the largest you can find. 

  • Poobeedo

    just bedause they put bettas in little bowls doesn’t make them happy. they would love a 50 gallon tank also

  • Khoffman

    Yes, a 50 gallon tank would be nice for a betta, but that is actually way too big of space for one. Their natural environment is in rice fields, in china, where there is maybe 3 inches of water and not a lot of room. So having them in a smaller habitat is actually the more natural way to set up a tank for them.

  • Donna Burdett

    Wonderful fish aquariums! The last image was the cutest. I love it’s colorful nature and relaxing design.