Aqua Design Innovations, LLC (ADI) was founded in San Francisco by entrepreneurial minded hobbyists. After having worked for multiple aquarium retail shops, performed numerous installations and ran a successful online invertebrate retail business they identified major flaws in the aquarium industry. With knowledge and experience, our founders established ADI with the fundamental goals to build a business around a solution for the industry and to raise environmental awareness.
Currently ADI is based in La Jolla, California, where we focus on design, installation and maintenance of aquatic ecosystems as well as providing the highest quality aquatic livestock and aquarium goods to the nation.
How does ADI provide a solution for the major flaws in the aquarium industry?
90%+ of the aquarium industry is salt water focused, where most livestock are brutally harvested from the wild. Freshwater isn’t much better. An estimated 30% of ALL freshwater aquarium livestock is lost due to deaths BEFORE they get to the end customer’s aquariums. With years of experience, ADI is well equipped with the best methods and direct FARMED sources limiting deaths to less than 5% from farms all the way to our customer’s aquariums. This dramatically increases quality of livestock, reduces aquarists’ carbon footprint on the environment and minimizes cost of livestock, creating a triple win situation. Hence our motto, “Revolutionize Aquarium Trade.”
Planted Aquatic Ecosystems are indisputably beautiful. ADI is set on challenging the status quo of the goldfish in a bowl for fresh water aquariums and the idea of advanced aquarium keeping being only limited to salt water aquariums. ADI believes that the artistic and aesthetic elements of an innovative 90% self-sustaining Aquatic Ecosystem installation will attract a large audience and has the power to convey the significance of a balanced, natural ecosystem. Hence our other motto, “Innovate with Nature.” We have already started working with various environmental awareness groups at the University of California San Diego to begin this green campaign.
When dealing with ADI, you are more than just a customer; you become part of the revolution.
For updates on ADI’s projects as well as other news updates and general information check out ADI’s Journal.
Innovate with Nature.
Aqua Design Innovations, LLC (ADI) has a vision to be much more than an online vendor for aquarium goods and an installation company.
Revolutionize Aquarium Trade – by completely eliminating intermediate suppliers, distributors and aquarium retail shops. The livestock we sell comes directly from over 10 international farms. We will later advance into breeding our very own livestock and manufacturing our own line of products. The consolidation will benefit you, the environment, the economy and the aquarium industry in the following ways:
Less Transport- Less time and resources spent on transporting livestock directly leads to unsurpassed quality and…
Less Environmental Impact- Less fish are lost and less fossil fuel is burned. Resulting in more:
Competitive Pricing- Savings are then passed onto you and higher profit margins allows for…
Domestic Jobs- Happy local employees will then provide you with unmatchable…
Quality and Service- Something all of our customers deserve!
Innovate with Nature- Through using ADI’s compilation of innovative methods of sustainable Aquatic Ecosystem installations, ADI is determined to transform the way people typically view aquariums as an unnecessary fish tank to an essential component of every home, office, garden or roof. Utilizing the same methods, equipment and technology, ADI hopes to incorporate such technologies into food production, home gardening, landscaping and sustainable architecture.
Kevin was one of the first employees at Archaea International Corporation DBA Aqua Forest Aquarium based in San Francisco, California. Archaea is one of 2 Aqua Design Amano product line distributors in North America and is the largest company in the nation specifically focused on sustainable aquarium keeping technologies. Kevin also served as a biologist assistant at the Steinhart Aquarium (California Academy of Sciences) where he managed and maintained 100,000 gallon systems as well as serve as the operations manager at Aquatic Central, the largest aquarium specific store in San Francisco. Kevin studied at UCSD as a BS in Biology- Ecology, Behavior and Evolution major with minors in Chinese and Business. He is also the VP of Strategy and Development at Pathways Ventures, CTO at the largest start-up pitch competition on the West Coast, the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge and much more. His goal is to take every opportunity he can to encourage innovation, development, and change the world for the better.
Eric was also one of the first employees at Archaea International Corporation DBA Aqua Forest Aquarium based in San Francisco, California where he focused on sales, customer relations and product user interface development. Eric also served as the executive manager at TheShrimpJournal.com, the largest domestic freshwater invertebrate breeder and retailer in Northern California prior to Aqua Design Innovations. Eric is the operations officer and manages all planted and life support systems for ADI, ensuring quality products for our customers. Eric studied at UCSD as a Management Science and Psychology double major with a minor in Accounting.
Justin Fan has a passion for the Planted Tank industry. Justin is active in many activities and has a particular love for music through the violin and philanthropy through community service. A member of the San Diego Youth Symphony and creator of a student run and managed quartet, he feels that music is a universal language that everybody can understand. Justin has a broad and focused view on aquariums, especially in artistic concepts and execution of aquascapes. Justin is the innovator that can think outside of the box to provide a one of a kind experience for all our customers.
Isabelle is a vital team member here at Aqua Design Innovations and is responsible for finance and marketing. She believes in helping others and enjoys participating in a variety of community service events around the San Diego area. Isabelle has been intensely training in 5 different genres of dance for the past 13 years and carries an interest in fashion and the arts. Apart from ADI, Isabelle runs multiple blogs with over 11,000 dedicated followers and subscribers. Isabelle enjoys serving others and is able to work in a neat, professional manner. She is constantly striving for perfection and plans to pursue a future in business.
Chris E. Yin
Chief Operating Officer at Bespoke Partners and founder of Pathways Ventures, an on-campus incubator at the University of California, San Diego.
Senior Associate at Bespoke Partners as well as member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization in Los Angeles.
Owner of Aquatic Central, one of the largest aquarium stores in Northern California.www.aquaticcentral.com
San Francisco Bay Area Aquatic Plant Society
A bay area aquarium community with over 1000 members. The most informative forum for freshwater aquariums in Northern California.
Biology teacher at Galileo Academy of Sciences and Technology. Graduated with degree in biological sciences at UC Davis. Curtis was in charge of Galileo’s Aqua Culture Club and sought to introduce and teach students about aquatic ecosystems and the science behind them.
Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and former employee at Aqua Forest Aquarium. He’s also the founder of Urban Aquatics, an installation, maintenance, and consultation company for aquatic related hobbies.
Active aquarium hobbyist with years of experience in aquatic plants and livestock. Currently one of the largest online retailers of plants and invertebrates. Founder of www.speedieaquatics.com
BS in Biochem-Cellular Biology, BA in Art at UCSD. David aspires to use biological sciences to create sustainable ecosystems while presenting it as an art. At the University of California San Diego, David installed a unique aquatic ecosystem for the Sixth College administrative offices. Here’s a video of it.http://vimeo.com/38627965
About how long is the install process?
We have installed tanks from 10-100 gallons within a 1-3 week timeframe. For tanks larger than this, it might take much longer to gather all the equipment and materials. We do our best to deliver a quality product in a timely manner. Contact us for a free consultation where we can lay out the entire installation process for you!
I have pets, is this going to be a problem with the tanks?
No problem at all! Most of our tank setups are open top aquariums, however, if needed, we can install a lid for your aquarium!
Will these tanks be easy to maintain?
Planted tanks are actually a lot easier to maintain than you would think. We do our best to establish a self sustaining ecosystem that requires little to no maintenance!