How Blue Aquariums Ruin Aesthetics and Discourage Interest

How Blue Aquariums Ruin Aesthetics and Discourage Interest

Have you ever seen an aquarium with intense blue neon lighting? It’s hard to see the fish and decor, you can’t appreciate the colors, and the whole thing just looks… lifeless.

Hospital Before

As a company, Fish Gallery is heavily invested in the aquarium industry. Our collective efforts are the result of the genuine passion of our long- and short-term employees who work hard to keep aquariums relevant. From the early years, Fish Gallery has always tried to get aquariums included in people’s everyday lives: through home or personal use, as a focal point in a hospital waiting room or a restaurant reception area, or in any number of settings where we have placed our aquariums throughout the past 30 years. Fast forward to today, and it’s getting much harder. Why? It's 100% about aesthetics. 

For many, aquariums are a lifestyle. However, for those that don't share the passion, they are often seen as an eyesore. It doesn't have to be this way, but unfortunately, it’s the reality. All too often when trying to place an aquarium, our biggest challenge is not the fish inside the tank, it’s the aquarium itself and how it fits the floor plan or interior design. As aquarium designers, we take that clear understanding and always focus squarely on what’s important. 

A secondary challenge (though just as important) is the interior of the aquarium. That’s where the Blue Aquarium comes in and ruins the aquarium’s aesthetics, as well as spoiling any interest in aquariums of the people who see it. With deep blue-lit interiors that are impossible to recognize as fish tank or aquatic environment, they look more like lifeless water features. This does not encourage others to include aquariums in their next project, commercially or personally. 

All too often we are seeing beautifully designed aquariums that fail on the delivery of the aquarium itself. Here is the before and after from the recent overhauls that Adam and I did on the matching 175 Bow Fronts in a hospital in Orlando. The tanks were once saltwater, then went through a very poor attempt at converting to freshwater, along with the typical overly-blue neon lighting that prevents people from really appreciating the tanks. This is what we at TFG are all about. Now, people will want to enjoy these aquariums for years - a much better alternative to the hospital simply ripping them out.


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