Saturday, July 28, 2018

Epic Planted Aquarium Showroom — Aquarium Design Group

I got to visit the Aquarium Design Group (ADG) in Houston, TX recently where they have an incredible showroom featuring their custom designed planted, hardscape only, and saltwater aquariums. The Senske brothers have combined art, design, and architecture to make a collection of beautifully sophisticated aquatic installations. They also have a full retail aquarium store where you can purchase live corals and plants, fish, hardscape, aquascaping tools, and more. Here is a visual tour of some of the most impressive fish tanks I saw displayed during summer 2018:

While I don’t have all the details of what each aquarium entails, here is some information I collected from ADG’s Instagram (certain aspects may have been altered):
  • 90P Planted Aquarium: Blyxa “red” sp. in background (used by Amano), uses CO2, Twinstar 900E light with inline dimmer
  • 90cm Tank with Lava Stone: Eleocharis acicularis “mini” (from Tropica tissue culture cup) as carpet, coral moss (Riccardia chamedryfolia) on the rock
  • 20 Gallon Long with Lava Stone: contains bucephalandra, anubias nana petite, and coral moss (Riccardia chamedryfolia); Twinstar 900E light; Carib-Sea white sand?
  • Tripod Archway: Ultum Nature Systems 60U; uses only attached/epiphytic plants such as buce and coral moss (aka riccardia or mini pellia)
  • Wild Discus Hardscape: Planet Aquariums rimless tank with 3M vinyl frosted film as the background; livestock includes wild red Heckel discus, green laser corydoras, cardinal tetras, and angelfish
  • Lake Tanganyika Tank: 460 gallon, 7' x 4' x 4'??
  • West African Tank: 9-foot African riverine hardscape with four Kessil A80 LED lights
  • 425-Gallon Reef Tank

Related Links
Aquarium Design Group
ADG FaceBook page
ADG Instagram

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