Acumen Aquatics & Vivaria
'Canberra's best in Aquarium, Vivarium, Terrarium & Natural Art'

'Art through science' -  AA&V is founded & operated by biologist turned artist Lea (BSc., Hons. First Class, MPhil; WWVP).

Aquarium, Pond & Aquatic Features
Browse the gallery below for a selection of creations past including a wide range of aquarium types & styles.  These include detailed planted aquariums, river, marine & reef, hard-water cichlid/livebearer, bio-tope, modern, novelty, Feng Shui, nano & pico sizes, open top/emerged plants, aquaculture, specialty designs & more.  Using advanced & ethical husbandry techniques - we can create & customise your perfect aquatic feature.
  1. Giant light bulb water terrarium
    Giant light bulb water terrarium
    Floating plants produce an array of tiny oxygen bubbles which sparkle under light, any decaying leaves feed new growth in a sustained cycle. With additives to ensure growth, twisted twigs and river pebble details.
  2. Miniature pond and church-yard bottles
    Miniature pond and church-yard bottles
    Miniature live pond plants and twig arrangement (Left) and moss-filled church-yard with tiny stepping stones & silver vintage church charm - 5ml glass corked bottles.
  3. Sailing under the Sundew - small water garden
    Sailing under the Sundew - small water garden
    Carnivorous sundew bog-plant on embankment of miniature pond, full of floating Lemna & Azolla sp., with 'floating' Asian-style boat and hand-made figures.
  4. 'Water in the wine decanter'
    'Water in the wine decanter'
    Water terrarium with 'Lucky Bamboo', assorted floating plants, gnarled ornamental twig pieces and river stone base, with special additives to encourage clear water and strong growth - in quality crystal wine decanter.
  5. Fantasy garden and mini-pond in half-barrel
    Fantasy garden and mini-pond in half-barrel
    Small flowering and foliage plants, including herbs, in a tiny garden with fantasy figures including dragons, treasure, lady bugs, fairies, mermaids and other creatures. Pond within created from recycled durable plastic container shaped into lagoon, with Nardoo plants and floating Azolla sp - set in vintage half-barrel.
  6. Planted garden
    Planted garden
    Planted wild garden tropical aquarium with veil-tail betta, cherry barbs, corydora catfish, cherry shrimp, crystal red shrimp - 60L
  7. Pond plantings
    Pond plantings
    A view of maintained pond though edge plantings to cold-hardy lilies and large, bright comet goldfish.
  8. Wild angels
    Wild angels
    Wild-style tropical planted aquarium with silk and live plants, river stone and driftwood features. 2 angelfish, emperor tetras - 150L.
  9. Goldfish river
    Goldfish river
    Coldwater aquraium with silk plants, large shell, riverstone and driftwood features. 4 large fancy goldfish, 4 zebra danio, 4 leopard danio - 200L.
  10. Willows
    Willows
    Tropical planted aquarium, with Tiger Barbs (moss green and albino), albino brisltenose catfish. Featureing drfit wood, sedimentary rock and live plants incl a forest of Willow hygrophilia - 200L
  11. Plants and pots
    Plants and pots
    Tropical river-stone garden with potted live plants and wood features. With 1 x male betta VT, white cloud mountian minnows, panda cory catfish - 60L.
  12. Rainbowfish rockery
    Rainbowfish rockery
    Native rainbowfish in large numbers to provide schooling behaviours thought the flowing current and planted boulders, brislte nose catfish move over the rocks and amongst the caves - 200L
  13. Zen snail riparium (underwater view)
    Zen snail riparium (underwater view)
    Riparium fully planted with air plants and emerged plants above, aquatic platns below (built in sump at rear). Too small for fish, so houses assorted tropical snails (mystery, ramshorn, trumpet & pond snails) - 9L.
  14. Zen snail riparium (full view)
    Zen snail riparium (full view)
    Riparium fully planted with air plants and emerged plants above, aquatic platns below (built in sump at rear). Too small for fish, so houses assorted tropical snails (mystery, ramshorn, trumpet & pond snails) - 9L.
  15. Discus river
    Discus river
    Tropical discus aquarium (re-scaped for client) with stone, silk and live plants. 4 discus and 1 bristlenose catfish - 250L.
  16. Zen rock garden
    Zen rock garden
    Tropical aquarium planted with epiphytes and potted plants tropical aquarium with dark riverstone, sake cup and buddha statue features. Mystery snail and crown-tail betta - 40L.
  17. Modern rainforest betta bowl
    Modern rainforest betta bowl
    Tropical Betta bowl aquarium, with pebbles, silk plants and live floating plants -10L
  18. Zen garden
    Zen garden
    Planted tropical 'Zen' style aquarium with plants and Thai Buddha feature. Cherry barbs, red cherry shrimp, honey gourami - 40L.
  19. Cichlid wood scape
    Cichlid wood scape
    Tropical cichlid aquarium with rock, wood and silk plant features, with yellow lab and demasoni cichlids - approx 150L.
  20. Marine soft-coral & LPS aquarium
    Marine soft-coral & LPS aquarium
    Marine soft-coral aquarium (beginning make-over with real corals, at time of pic musroom corals, frog-spawn euphyllia, tachyphillia brain coral, cataphyllia elegance coral, xenia to be added). Clam, 2 x clownfish, 1 x six-line wrasse - 150L.
  21. 'Sunken betta beach'
    'Sunken betta beach'
    Sunken beach toy aquascape with live moss a lone betta and snails, a great start and interesting feature for children - 15L.
  22. 'Wild garden'
    'Wild garden'
    Planted wild garden tropical aquarium with veil-tail betta, cherry barbs, corydora catfish, cherry shrimp, crystal red shrimp - 60L
  23. 'Fish on the TV'
    'Fish on the TV'
    TV tropical aquarium re-scape with silk and live plants, river stone and drift wood (no-fishin sign clients own). Colourful guppies to be added - 35L.
  24. 'Wabi-sabi'
    'Wabi-sabi'
    Planted 'Wabi-Sabi' style aquarium wth veil-tail betta - 18L
  25. Tropical school aquarium
    Tropical school aquarium
    Planted school aquarium with colourful livebearers (platies, swordtails, guppies), corydora catfish and single bristlenose catfish. Children learn the science of aquarium keeping, and life-cycles with the easily bred live-bearing fish (Note: poor image due to room lighting) - 140L
  26. Planted half-barrel
    Planted half-barrel
    Half-barrell planted water garden with low fountain and 3 medium fancy goldfish - approx. 150L.
  27. Feng Shui baby goldfish nursery
    Feng Shui baby goldfish nursery
    Growing in - tropical Feng Shui style planted aquarium with mountain scape. With 2 x baby goldfish (to go to pond when larger) - 50L.
  28. 'The Toy Box'
    'The Toy Box'
    Day care 'toy box' aquarium, housed in custom cabinetry for baby & toddler viewing. Floating plants left in to add greenery without planting, and to add cover for the baby platy fish breeding in this cute aquarium using recycled and safe toys from the centre - a joy for the children! - 50L
  29. Fern corner
    Fern corner
    Tropical planted aquarium - mass java fern and epiphyte panting on vertical driftwood. With assorted sunset platy and swordtail, bristlenose catfish, 2 x angelfish, Buenos Aires tetras - 175L.
  30. Turtle rapids
    Turtle rapids
    Turtle aquarium overhaul - featuring riverstone and selected drfit wood - positioned and anchored to prevent movement from turtle activity and trapping, with 2 x Eastern Long-neck turtles - 200L
  31. Marine LPS (large-polyp stony) coral reef
    Marine LPS (large-polyp stony) coral reef
    LPS reef with fish incl. assorted clowns, pajama & banggai cardinals, blue green chromis, coral beauty angel, starfish & red scooter dragonet. LPS include elegance catalaphyllia sp. corals, green trachyphillia, assorted euphyllia spp., long tentacle plate heliofungia sp., brown toadstool sarcophyton sp., small mushroom actinodiscus/discosoma sp. & others. - 200L.
  32. Tanganyikan cichlid scape with driftwood, basalt & val
    Tanganyikan cichlid scape with driftwood, basalt & val
    African cichlid aquarium overhaul with driftwood & selected basalt stone slabs, anchored in sand supported by buried egg-crate. Also with Giant and Standard Val planted in select media and anchored by stones to prevent digging. Multiple caves and spawn sites with several exits built into the aquascape. With assorted African (Tanganyikan) cichlids - 6x2x2 ft approx 650L.