Turn your Apple Mac into an aquarium with amazing fish

The Mac comes with some nice images for the desktop, but to really impress people you should get an animated image. Desktop Aquarium Free turns your Mac into a fish tank!

Go to System Preferences, Desktop & Screen Saver, Desktop and there are some great images for the desktop and they look really nice. There is an option below the image to change the picture anywhere from once a day to every five seconds.

That makes the desktop more interesting, but all the images are static. The ultimate Mac desktop must surely be an animated one and Desktop Aquarium Free is a fantastic app that makes the desktop a window onto a huge fish tank.

Desktop Aquarium Free

Actually, there are two to choose from in the free version of this app (and more if you upgrade to the $2.99 full version). There is a coral reef that has fish like the Clownfish, Blue Tang (Dory), and others that inhabit this type of environment.

There is also an alternative seascape and this features sharks. There are some really big ones and also lots of smaller and more brightly coloured fish, too.

These are not static images and instead they run like HD videos on the desktop, but it really is the desktop and you can open windows, access the Dock and menu bar, run apps and so on.

Desktop Aquarium Free for Apple Mac

The animated fish scenes are best on MacBooks, mainly because of the smaller screen sizes compared to iMacs. I haven’t tried it, but I suspect that sitting so close to a 27in iMac screen, you might notice the image is a bit fuzzy. It’s great on a MacBook though.

The app is not a screen saver, but it does have a sort of screen saver function. After a period of inactivity, any windows on the desktop slide off the screen to provide an unobstructed view of the animated scene on the desktop. The inactivity period can be set anywhere between five minutes and an hour.

As soon as you move the mouse, the windows slide back on and you can continue working. You don’t need a separate screen saver when Desktop Aquarium Free is running. There is an option in the preferences to to set it to run automatically on startup.

Desktop Aquarium Free for Apple Mac

It adds a fish icon to the menu bar on the right and this provides access to the preferences and a start/stop control. Stop the aquarium and the normal Mac desktop is restored.

You might want to stop it when running a MacBook on the battery because it increase the drain and reduces the time the Mac will run away from the mains power.

It has a rather clever feature that will automatically stop the animated desktop image when it is not visible. You can choose to play the fish animation only when a certain percentage of the desktop can be seen. So if there is less than 50% of the desktop visible for example, because of apps and windows on the desktop, the animation pauses. It automatically starts again when there is more desktop visible. This is a nice feature.

Related: Sharks vs Dolphins animated 3D action on your Mac

The free version is excellent, but the full version is even better. The animation loops after 30 seconds, but it isn’t that obvious. The free version has ads. I haven’t seen any yet, but maybe I need to run it longer. The full version doesn’t have ads.

This is recommended if you like your desktop to be fun. It is almost as good as having your own fish tank stocked with beautiful fish.

Title: Desktop Aquarium Free (Mac App Store)
Price: Free
Developer: Voros Innovation
Size: 64 MB
Verdict: Makes your desktop fun to watch

 

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