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Old 01/08/2008, 02:11 PM
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Modern Reef Aquariums

I wanted to start a thread on Modern Reef Keeping. I think more or less im talking about the sophisticated well planed out systems that look very modern and contemporary in design and are more minimalist in nature but are ultimately highly sophisticated reef systems.

Some examples:
Canadian's All-in-One Cube


More info can be found here: http://archive.reefcentral.com/forum...readid=1283686

Nano Guys Elos system 70 with custom DIY Stand




More info can be found here: http://archive.reefcentral.com/forum...5&pagenumber=1

won digity's Modern 10 Gal Nano


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http://archive.reefcentral.com/forum...readid=1288769
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Old 01/08/2008, 04:15 PM
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Don't forget "Leonardo's Formosa Forest"





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Old 01/08/2008, 04:16 PM
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i like the idea of less is more
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one of those red house build people :dance:
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Old 01/08/2008, 05:53 PM
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me to "Simplicity is the ultamate sophistocation"
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Old 01/08/2008, 06:27 PM
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thanks for including my tank CamBarr. It is cool to see that people are into modern design ideals.

When it comes to presentation, I really like this TOTM

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Old 01/08/2008, 06:58 PM
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Here's another example of aqua life in a modern setting:





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Old 01/08/2008, 07:03 PM
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Of course Invicibles!



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crazy4acros is an excellent example of your minimalist approach:



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Old 01/08/2008, 07:05 PM
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i prefer this quote taken from muji's home page...


Quote:
Because there is complexity in purity.

Elegance in plainness.

Intricacy in streamlining.

Richness in reduction.

Depth in minimalism.

Surprise in uniformity.

Innovation in re-use.

Cool in the avoidance of cool.

And there is true
sophistication in simplicity.
nice to see more tanks coming around, but i have yet to see a real complete package. just as important as the tank and stand is the environment it is in. i'd suggest looking at some contemporary design books that showcase homes with aquariums. often the actual aquarium is lacking but the design is not.
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Old 01/08/2008, 07:08 PM
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Finally, anything ELOS is the epitome of modern aquarium beauty for Saltwater:





P.S. If you like this stuff, check out ADA's freshwater aquarium designs, talk about perfection!
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Old 01/08/2008, 07:41 PM
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thanks for including my tank CamBarr. It is cool to see that people are into modern design ideals.

When it comes to presentation, I really like this TOTM

Me too I beleive this tank uses the Balling method
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Old 01/08/2008, 08:05 PM
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i prefer this quote taken from muji's home page...




nice to see more tanks coming around, but i have yet to see a real complete package. just as important as the tank and stand is the environment it is in. i'd suggest looking at some contemporary design books that showcase homes with aquariums. often the actual aquarium is lacking but the design is not.

interesting quote, I guess I can agree with it as I personally feel it's just aesthetics and nothing much deeper. Ornateness achieved through simplicity.

And I totally agree about environment.

There is some pretty scary contemporary stuff out there too though, lol.
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Old 01/08/2008, 08:06 PM
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Cool thread!

Some extremely sharp set-ups here so far.

My 40G. may not be as modern as some of the others posted here but it has minimal equipment visible (no skimmer or sump) and the tank can be projected live on the wall (I have since put in a projection screen that drops down). The white acrylic accents the tank nicely and the streamlined HOT5 fixture is something I made with an empty aluminum hood and some more white acrylic. I made the stand with some bamboo accents and the coral rack above it as well.





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Old 01/08/2008, 08:24 PM
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I am currently planning a 200g in our new home which we will have possession on Feb 7th. Our home is very modern styling with natural maple flooring and cabinets and lots of stainless steel throughout the home. Many of these tanks are my inspiration and can't wait for mine to become reality. For those who are interested, I will creating a build thread as my planning is more complete.
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Old 01/08/2008, 08:57 PM
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Aquabucket, great example of thinking outside the box. Modern in the respect that your approach is non-traditional.

won digity, nice comments, but I think aesthetics can inspire reflection which leads to deeper understanding, so looks have their merits.

F&E - awesome quote, and I agree. The book the inspired aquarium displays gorgeous homes with lackluster aquaria, so does MTV's cribs for that matter. Most aquariums from Japan do not provide this satisfaction of both aquaria and "room" because, while the aquariums are simply stunning, spot metal halides are utilized heavily, and those are hard to hide and not very appealing to the eye, so it goes both ways. There are examples out there that satisfy both environments, you've just got to do some searching.

OT, I know, but here's a "modern" freshwater tank that looks great in itself and it's environment (sorry I don't have a full room picture, but this aquarium is in a dining room):



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Old 01/08/2008, 09:19 PM
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^amazing tank^

Don't get me wrong, I totally agree that aesthetics are important in that aspect. I'm an admirer aesthetics for many reasons and there is so much crap that exists that is in very poor taste.

It's just that when it comes down to it, modernism/minimalism don't strike me as very rational living lifestyles (I'm more of a bohemian at heart ). Exhibits are great to look at, but not always fit in a home. As a lover of many different design styles, I just can't find it in my heart to be all too deep about and truly accept what people have been sold to as "Modern." Especially when you understand the hypocracy related to Modern design history, and what the Modern design movement is all about.

It is great that design can inspire and leave people awestruck by it. That is what is so great and powerful about design. Anyways, I won't de-thread this thread anymore about design rants, lol. As I really do love alot of modern design.
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Old 01/08/2008, 10:02 PM
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Exactly, it's about achieving a balance, for you perhaps finding genuine and appreciable art/design that has beauty AND function(meaning), and for the aquarist it is perhaps finding the right aesthetic appeal in both your aquarium AND how it fits in the living room or other environment and still function in a simple yet advanced, effective way.

There is more than what meets the eyes in greatness/art/aquascaping... lol

Keep the examples and images coming
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Old 01/08/2008, 11:12 PM
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there is so much crap that exists that is in very poor taste.

It's just that when it comes down to it, modernism/minimalism don't strike me as very rational living lifestyles (I'm more of a bohemian at heart ). Exhibits are great to look at, but not always fit in a home. As a lover of many different design styles, I just can't find it in my heart to be all too deep about and truly accept what people have been sold to as "Modern." Especially when you understand the hypocracy related to Modern design history, and what the Modern design movement is all about.
not to de-rail this further, but most of what is labeled modern is not my style. modern classics is one thing, but much of today's modern is like you say in very poor taste. also most people's conception of modern is minimal which is another misconception imo. the lines of modernism have been blurred, most likely forever...not that it's a bad thing, but i'll stick with the term contemporary

like you say minimalism isnt a look, it truly is a lifestyle. i find it odd how loosely it is used.
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Old 01/09/2008, 12:20 AM
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Old 01/09/2008, 01:54 AM
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wow looking good guys
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Old 01/09/2008, 02:16 AM
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i like the TOTM for july 2007.

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Old 01/09/2008, 03:28 AM
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i like that one too... I just hate those window shades.. lol..

ok.. I can be overcritical.. but its a really nice example and very clean.


klint&eric and Quatro,
I totally agree with you guys on every word..
Its nice to be able to chat design on these forums.
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Old 01/09/2008, 12:24 PM
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who's got more pics???
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Old 01/09/2008, 01:18 PM
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This one was in CORAL magazine in the first volume about three years ago. Still one of my favorite tanks of all time!

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Old 01/09/2008, 01:21 PM
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PS: that Formosa Forrest one is one of my new favorites, amazing!
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Old 01/09/2008, 02:14 PM
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wow great stand. The rest of the furnature in the room dosent jive with the tank???
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