Maritime Aquarium Gets Financial Support from Fairfield Golfers

Maritime Aquarium Gets Financial Support from Fairfield Golfers

If an aquascaping project can benefit the targeted audience, the project deserves all the support it can get. Besides, setting up and maintaining an aquarium is an expensive affair. And this is true for Maritime Aquarium. Just a few days ago, the aquarium received the biggest financial support from Fairfield Golfers.

According to Dave Sigworth from Hamlet Hub, the golf team raised $160k to help the aquarium in their artificial marine life exploration.

Fairfield/Southport Golfers Help Raise $160K in Maritime Aquarium Golf Classic

An accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution whose mission is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education.

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The funds were raised during an annual Maritime Golf & Tennis Classic, on September 17, 2018.

A report published by Vincent Salzo on Patch reveal that the funds raised will also help to finance education at the aquarium.

Fairfield Golfers Help Raise $160K For Maritime Aquarium

The tournament, which included 110 area business professionals, supports the Aquarium’s exploration of animal and conservation issues in Long Island Sound while also helping to provide STEM-focused educational opportunities to area students, regardless of their ability to pay.

Among the foursomes were (first photo/pictured above), from left: Jay Maffucci of Stamford, Scott Blaney of South Orange, N.J., Glen LeBlanc of Westport and Marty Devaney of Southport.

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The education plan will benefit different students, including those who are not able to make the required payments to access the aquarium.

According to Robert Koch from the Hour, Maritime Aquarium has plans to build a 4D Theater in the region.

Maritime Aquarium plans to open 4D theater in October 2019

With replacement of Walk Bridge slated to start in late 2019, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk plans to begin building a 4D theater and replacement exhibit space starting this fall. Replacement of the rail bridge, which bisects the aquarium on North Water Street, will require removal of the aquarium’s IMAX theater and a riverfront structure, which is home to the “Go Fish,” “Meerkats” and “Dragons” exhibits.

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It is highly likely that the funds contributed by the Fairfield Golf Club will help to finance the 4D Theater project.


Maritime Aquarium’s 4D Theater is expected to launch on October 2019. So if they are able to raise the funds required for the project, they should be able to meet this goal.

Armenian Startup Bluenero Raising Funds for a Smart Aquarium

Armenian Startup Bluenero Raising Funds for a Smart Aquarium

There are many aquariums out there. Some are cheap and easy to create. Some are expensive and require the contribution of knowledgeable people. However, none of the already existing fish tanks features the aspect of smart technology. Bluenero is the first tech company to come up with the concept.

According to a post published by Select Amenia on Medium, the company has successfully designed their first smart fish tank. And it is planning to introduce it to the aquarium world.

Bluenero: Armenian startup presents the world’s first smart aquarium

“We have reimagined the fish tank, giving it a classic, compact design on one hand and making it a smart, modern, all-in-one system on the other. Now people who want to keep fish can take care of them with their smartphone from work or any other place. No more worrying about the cleanliness of water and algae growth in your aquarium,” said Tumanyan.

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The company is currently raising funds to continue with the smart aquarium project.

According to GROONG, the company has designed only one smart aquarium so far. The aquarium is available in the sizes of 36, 26, and 36 gallons.

Manufacturing a mini version in just 8 gallons

Also going by the name Bluenero, the aquarium comes in sizes of 16 gallons, 26 gallons, and 36 gallons, and there’s some talk of manufacturing a mini version in just 8 gallons but that still seems up in the air. The company was founded after CEO Tumanyan bought a clownfish — that’s the adorable orange fish you see in Finding Nemo — for his office and had the toughest time managing limited space, water purity issues, and feeding times.

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The tech company also plans to build an 8-gallon smart aquarium. But we do not know when they plan to do this.

According to Clayton Moore from Digital Trend, the smart aquarium is designed to make feeding fish easy and fun.

Armenian startup Bluenero is fishing for funds for a smart aquarium

That’s the concept and coming product from a small company called Bluenero, operating largely out of the Republic of Armenia. The company has launched an Indiegogo campaign that’s already raised over $35,000 on a $25,000 goal and Founder and CEO Vahe Tumanyan tells me they’re now aiming to raise one million dollars for their new smart aquarium.

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It is designed for salt and fresh water. And it has a built-in auto feeder that feeds fish on your behalf.


If the company succeeds to raise the funds for the project, the people in the Republic of Armenia will be able to add smart aquarium to their homes, school, recreational facilities, or place of work.

3 Most Popular Fish Tank Designs in History

3 Most Popular Fish Tank Designs in History

No Aquascaping guide for beginners out there that stresses more on style than we do. That’s because we believe that style goes hand in hand with creativity. And given that there aren’t any limits to what you can create when it comes to designing your fish tank, anything goes. However, if you are still struggling to get your design right, here are a few options for inspiration.

The Dutch Style is ranked first on the Aquarium Guide. This style has been around for a very long time, and it is easy to implement.

Dutch Style 

This style is characterized by many different types of plants with multiple leaf types. It’s commonly seen with raised ‘layers’, or terraces, known as Dutch ‘streets’. The floor is covered by either a carpet, or plants, with taller plants lining the back of the tank. Most noticeably, it usually has no hardscape—you won’t see much, if any, stone or driftwood in Dutch tanks.

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The Dutch Style is unique because it is something you have never tried before. And because it is simple to implement, you definitely want to try it.

Takashi Amano is one of the best aquarist that ever lived. And according to Planted Cube, he came up with a unique fish tank design, the Iwagumi Style.

Iwagumi Style

This is one of the most popular Aquascaping styles of the moment. It has been made popular by the father of contemporary Aquascaping, “Takashi Amano”. The Iwagumi style primarily revolves around the golden ratio and rule of thirds. Because the Iwagumi style balances on the use of stone it is advised you use odd numbers of it. The reason for this is to make sure your layout doesn’t balance, so you won’t view the layout as just one kind.

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If you are looking for a style that obeys the rule of proper balance, then you should not think twice about trying the Iwagumi Style.

Home DIT also recommends some of the best styles in the world, including options that you might never even think of as a person.

Moody Aquarium Sink

Another interesting design is this sink. It’s a combination of a regular sink and an aquarium. It’s called the Moody Aquarium Sink and it’s a wash basin that doubles as a lighted fish aquarium. It’s a very interesting idea but besides the beautiful design meant to be pleasant to the eyes, the fish could probably find several things that are wrong with this piece.

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To get the most out of these designs, it would be best to pick the ones you find interesting, and then implement them accordingly.


Many aquarists often appraise designs by Takashi Amano, probably because he was the father of fish tank design. But of course, you are spoiled for choice beyond his designs. So, you shouldn’t limit yourself when it comes to trying things out.

3 Aquarium Rules to Observe this Month

3 Aquarium Rules to Observe this Month

I am not the only one who struggled with aquarium design in the beginning. I am sure many people out there also have the same issue. Maybe a few rules can help you make sure you are doing things right. So here are the 3 basic aquarium rules that I would like you to observe this month.

The first thing you need to understand is that there are rules for setting up the tank. And, Marine Land has a very unique post on this.

Rules for Setting Up the Tank

Handle With Care. Never attempt to move a full or partially full aquarium. Never lift an aquarium with wet hands. Never attempt to lift aquarium by grasping upper edges or frame. Always grasp and carry an aquarium from underneath, supporting the bottom at all times.

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Before you go to the next rule, we recommend that you check the setup guide first, as it marks the foundation of the additional rules provided below.

The has outlined the best Ten Commandments for you, so you can have an easy time managing your aquarium.

Starting from Water Exchange to Water Testing

The old adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very true in aquarium keeping. An aquarium is a closed system and, as such, it requires your intervention to ensure proper water quality is maintained, support hardware is functioning correctly and, of course, that the fish that depend on you are taken care of properly.

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Because these rules are important, and you are a regular aquarist, it would be best if you wrote them somewhere for easy reference.

In addition to the Ten Commandments above, Algone has some advice that we think are important and worth checking out.

Keep Up With Your Daily Tasks

Daily: Make sure the equipment is running properly. Watch your fish during feeding. Behavioral changes are a good indicator of a potential problem.

Weekly: Count your fish. In case of fish death, smaller species can decompose quickly, resulting in ammonia and nitrite spikes, and eventually high nitrate levels.

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The daily tasks recommended might be too overwhelming. But, if you want to get the most out of your fish keeping, keeping up should not be hard for you.


These guidelines aren’t difficult to keep an eye on, if you ask me. Some of them might be challenging to remember, but they should be easy to master after a while nonetheless.

How to Create an Underwater Garden

How to Create an Underwater Garden

There is no limit to what you can create with your Aquascaping design skills. In fact, there are so many projects you can engage in and create something that really stands out. One of the best aquarium projects that you can create today is the underwater garden. Here is how to do it:

A post on Instructable states that the first step to creating an underwater garden is to choose a design. The design can be simple or complex, depending on what you like.

Choosing and Creating a Design

I like to start my aquascaping by sketching a basic design of what you wish your aquascape to look like. You can create your own, model it off of a premade aquascape, or turn your favourite nature landscape into your very own aquascape, the picture above is of an old one that I made. Here are a few tips to designing a beautiful aquascape.

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You can come up with your own design ideas. But, if you do not want to think too much, you can check other people’s ideas and plan on implementing them.

Once you choose your design, you will need to choose the best plants to use. Dave’s Garden states that you must be careful when choosing your plants, so you can take home only what’s suitable for an underwater garden.

Choose the Right Underwater Garden Plants

Plants. Most pet stores that sell fish, sell aquatic plants. Be careful though. Some of the plants they sell are not true underwater plants. They will survive for a while but eventually fade and die. Some house plants I have seen being sold as aquatic plants are Spider Plant and Aluminum Plant(Pilea cadierei). Having an underwater tropical paradise might be a wee bit more expensive than a terrarium, but once established is relatively low maintenance. My best advice to you would be to start small and simple.

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Choosing the right plant is not easy. This will take time. And, it might cost you some extra bucks. But if you trend carefully, you should get the best plants to use.

One of the most important things stated on Parade is the importance of paying more attention the healthy planting practices.

Planting and Maintenance

Planting tips. Weigh plant roots down with heavy items such as pebbles, small rocks, gravel, horticultural sand and decorative marbles. In the aquatic plant garden pictured in this article, Palmer stitched plants onto bogwood with dark cotton thread. Driftwood can also be used.

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And remember, you need to maintain your garden is you want it to last for a very long time.  Do not just create an underwater garden and forget you ever designed one.


If you have never setup an underwater garden before, this project may be quite challenging. At the end of the day, though continuous practice can help you get better at it. In fact, as long as you implement the guides provided, there is no reason why you should not create a high quality design.

Should Teachers Include Aquariums in Classrooms?

Should Teachers Include Aquariums in Classrooms?

Science is perhaps the biggest topic on the planet after religion. Science is what comes to mind when we talk about high quality Aquarium designs. The whole point of designing an aquarium is to emulate nature. And, if marine life is one of the lessons that you teach in a classroom, it would be a great idea to include an aquarium in the classroom for teaching purposes. And, of course, there are many benefits to this.

According to Marine, including an aquarium in classroom is the best way to bring the seashore life to a classroom. This is significant in parts where kids are required to learn about marine life.

Bring the Seashore Life to Classroom

The Explorers saltwater aquarium in class module provides teachers with an opportunity to bring the seashore to the classroom and teach their students about marine living things and environmental awareness and care. Teachers will be provided with equipment and stock to run a saltwater aquarium with native species from the seashore for up to four weeks in their classroom with support provided by an Explorers Education officer. This module is suitable for 5th and 6th class.

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The educational benefit of this inclusion is that students get a better idea of the lessons. So, they do not have to imagine things when they can learn practically.

According to Pets in the Classroom, including an Aquarium in class can make the concept of food chain in the marine life clear and easy to understand.

Bring the Concept of Marine Lifecycle

There are several educational opportunities that present themselves with an aquarium in the classroom.  It’s a great jump start to teaching your kids about the food chain or the water and nitrogen cycles.  And classes can discuss what constitutes a healthy marine environment while having students record water temperature and PH levels.

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In fact, by including a fish tank in a classroom, the aspect of marine lifecycle becomes quite simple for every learner in the classroom to understand.

A post published by Live Aquaria shows that an aquarium in a classroom can help kids think critically and become good problem solvers.

For Critical Thing and Problem Solving

Students collect data from an aquarium by measuring and recording water temperature, pH, ammonia, and nitrate levels. Chart or graph the information and look for trends that coincide with events in the aquarium. Any event, even the loss of a fish, is an opportunity to discuss possible causes and their effects, preventions, and ways to improve existing conditions. The teaching and learning opportunities are endless.

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There is a lot of math going on in an aquarium, so it could make a great learning curve for students in a classroom.


Now that we know why Aquascaping design ideas are even good for classrooms, it is definitely a good idea to include them in learning sessions.