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It is a well-known fact among aquarists that aquascaping and planted aquariums in general are relatively unpopular in the United States. This might not be strange to us, but to the rest of the world, it really is. Aquatic plants, although they have grown by leaps and bounds for us in the last couple of years, the plant hobby is still relatively small when compared to other countries.
This slowness in the aquascaping and aquatic plant trades can be attributed to many things: the economy, the American mind-set, our culture, etc. But through all the lack of interest, there has been one U.S. based company that has been making a difference: Aquarium Design Group.
Aquarium Design Group (or ADG) is a Houston based professional aquarium installation service. It was founded by two brothers, Jeff and Mike Senske. Ever since the company has been on the cutting edge and a source of inspiration for all hobbyists. They also are the main distributor of Aqua Design Amano goods in the States.
Their love for the hobby, especially aquascaping is apparent in all of their work. ADG’s newest push, has been ADG Vibe. ADG Vibe is Aquarium Design Group’s attempt to spread their information and passion for aquascaping and plants via online networking and social media. The ultimate goal of Vibe however is to expand the hobby.
I have one message for ADG: More biotopes, please! (Because we all know how much of a sucker I am for biotopes).
There are aquarium forums, wikis, blogs, Youtube videos and now, a TV show! Tanked is a show all about aquariums. It follows two guys (Wayde King and Brett Raymer) on their adventures as they run the biggest custom aquarium making and acrylic tank manufacturing business in the United States. You will see a them manufacture and setup a host of unique aquariums. A shark desk, feng-shui reef, circular manta ray tank and the amazing 75,000 gallon church aquarium are just a few examples. Most of the tanks featured are saltwater, but even still the show is very fun and entertaining. (Though I sometimes still loath the look of their often used fake corals). Be sure to give them a look! New episodes premier every Friday night on Animal Planet at 9PM E/P.