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June 2017 - Natural vs Whimsical Roman Ruins

Themed Aquarium of the Month June 2017 - Natural vs Whimsical Roman Ruins (Double Feature)

One of the most popular classic aquarium themes is the Roman Ruins which utilizes pillars, sculptures, and buildings mimicking the famous architecture of structures such as the Pantheon or Colosseum. And although this theme is bold enough to stand on its own, you can actually kick things up a notch by selecting plastic plants, gravel, and a background that mold the Roman theme into something even more fanciful!

Roman Ruin Ornaments

Not everyone has the same idea when it comes to what they think looks good in an aquarium; so this month’s theme has been done in two separate stylistic choices to help showcase the flexibility of themed ornaments, as well as inspire our fellow aquarists to try something new!

Natural Style Roman Ruins Themed Tank

Natural Style Roman Ruins - Big Al's Pets Themed Aquarium of the Month June 2017
  • Face Sculpture - Natural Style Roman Ruins - Big Al's Pets Themed Aquarium of the Month June 2017
  • Temple of the Sun - Natural Style Roman Ruins - Big Al's Pets Themed Aquarium of the Month June 2017
  • Full View - Natural Style Roman Ruins - Big Al's Pets Themed Aquarium of the Month June 2017

First off, let’s explore the most common stylistic choice: the natural look. Roman Ruins are usually a mix of whites and light grays, sometimes accompanied by green splashes here and there to simulate mossy overgrowth. Mixing these ruins into a lush green natural looking layout is simple and effective. When paired with a plant-filled background and white sand, the Roman Ruins blend into the scene without drawing your eye unnaturally toward them while still adding interest and fantasy to the aquatic display. To add some flare and break up the wall of green foliage, red and yellow tones were added to the mix.

Whimsical Style Roman Ruins Themed Tank

Whimsical Style Roman Ruins - Big Al's Pets Themed Aquarium of the Month June 2017
  • Alternate View - Whimsical Style Roman Ruins - Big Al's Pets Themed Aquarium of the Month June 2017
  • Face Sculpture and Ruins - Natural Style Roman Ruins - Big Al's Pets Themed Aquarium of the Month June 2017
  • Full View - Natural Style Roman Ruins - Big Al's Pets Themed Aquarium of the Month June 2017

Now, say that you’re a little more on the imaginative side and can appreciate a much more whimsical aquarium with a bold colors that go beyond the norm. You can achieve a punch-you-in-the-face aquarium that is unique and cohesive by going outside of the typical color palette and exploring wild colored plastic plants, exotic backgrounds, and matching it up with a gallant gravel choice! For our whimsical theme, we picked plants featuring blues and pinks with white accents. They also have more exotic looking leaf shapes, adding to the dreamland effect. The gravel is a mix of greens that help to tie in the mossy patches on the ruins, while complimenting the blues in the plants and background. Then, just to add even more interest, white sand is placed in patches to brighten up the aquarium and further tie in the whites in both the ruins and the plants. With so much going on in the display, we chose a deep blue background with brilliant shimmer lines to give the aquarium a shallow-water effect.

Depending on what you want out of your aquarium, you can really change the overall feel of the tank through gravel, plant, and background choices. This becomes especially handy when you want to give your aquarium a makeover without buying more ornaments to replace your existing ones!