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2008: Restaurant Aquarium

Located right at the base of the Bay Bridge is Waterbar, our first (but not last!) restaurant where Tenji has installed an aquarium. The two cylinder tanks here create quite the vertical visual effect in the restaurant. All of the piping runs out of the bottom of the tanks and underground to a separate LSS… Read more »

2007: California Academy of Sciences

One of our very first large scale public aquarium projects was at the Steinhart Aquarium. Over the course of seven years, we worked with the CAS team to create 160 exhibits and life support systems for a wide range of habitats, ranging from coral exhibits and jellyfish culture systems, to living environments for spiders, lizards,… Read more »

2006: Cabela’s Partnership Begins

2006 brought the beginning of our multi-year partnership building the aquariums found in Cabela’s stores across the US and Canada. We completed over a dozen in total, installing all of the life support systems and holding tanks, and overseeing the rock work build at each store. Over the years, we cut our installation time onsite… Read more »

2005: First Time Authors

Tenji wrote a children’s book! At the end of 2005, the book “Under the Sea” was published by Storey Publishing. It includes 30 beautiful posters of different animals found in the ocean, with Tenji providing the fun facts and biological information for each. “Under the Sea” is still available for purchase today from your favorite… Read more »

2005: LL Bean Flagship Store

Tenji was very excited to work with the team at L.L.Bean on our first commercial project. We designed and built an aquarium for their flagship store in Freeport, Maine. The freshwater tank shows off the ecology of the local rivers, stocked full with trout and salmon. The 3,500 gallon tank had the largest aquarium display… Read more »

2003: International Adventures

We headed across the pond to consult on the Biota! Aquarium project in London. The £1 billion project was part of a plan to help rejuvenate East London and would have been the largest aquarium in Europe at the time. Unfortunately, the project never came to fruition, and the aquarium was never built. However, our… Read more »

2002: Giant Residential Tank

Tenji was off to a fast start, with another large tank installed in Big Sur in only our second year. The tank was a public aquarium-sized project in someone’s home, requiring a massive crane for the installation. This was Tenji’s first built-in residential aquarium. Unique features of this tank included the bespoke back lighting against… Read more »

2002: Our First Tank

Tenji’s very first aquarium was a residential project in our own backyard. We built this 200-gallon freshwater Amazonian tank for a client in Big Sur, California, and it’s still going strong today.

2001: Our First Project

Our first project! Tenji is started after the trio was asked to consult on a sustainable shrimp farm close by in Watsonville, CA. The waste water from the shrimps, which was very high in ammonia, could be recycled and used to better fertilize tomatoes. And so Tenji Aquarium Design + Build was born, with the… Read more »

1998: Aquarium Coworkers

On our journey through Tenji’s history, our next stop is the late 1990’s. Ed Seidel, Mark Faulkner, and Andy Case all meet as coworkers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Little did they know that their future involved starting a business together!