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Dream Aquarium

Realistically rendered fish and other sea creatures inhabit this virtual dream aquarium screensaver, designed by an Academy Award-winning effects artist. Shifting rays of light, ripples and an animated environment add to the realism. A fiddler crab chases the fish while cleaning the bottom of the aquarium, and there's support for multiple monitors, widescreen formatting, and more than twenty-three species of fish, each with well-articulated fins and animated eyes and gills. Settings are adjustable without exiting the screensaver.

Buy the full version for only $19.95 or download the limited demo version below.

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Price 19.95 USD    Disk 8.28-10.26 MB    Windows Apple for Windows, Mac    Downloads 14,180
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Installation instructions

Microsoft Windows

  1. Double-click on the trial file downloaded above to start the installer.
  2. If you agree to the license terms set forth, click the "I Agree" button.
  3. The default install location (C:\Program Files\Dream Aquarium) is fine for most users, and does not have to be changed. Click "Install" to begin copying all necessary files to your computer.
  4. You will be asked whether you want to have the installer create a desktop shortcut. This is not strictly necessary, but it will allow you to access the screensaver directly from your desktop.
  5. Click "Yes" if you want to make Dream Aquarium your new default screensaver.
  6. The installation will be completed and Windows's Screen Saver Settings panel will open.

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We have 2 files for "Dream Aquarium"

  1.   DreamAquariumXP.exe (Windows)
  2.   DreamAquariumMac.dmg (Mac)
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File nameDreamAquariumXP.exe
Target system Microsoft Windows
File size8.28 MB (8,684,083 bytes)
File typePortable Executable (EXE)
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Total downloads12,935
Last downloaded32 minutes ago
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Total downloads1,245
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Editor's review

A highly-realistic virtual aquarium designed by an Oscar-winning animator

July 4, 2016

Designed by Alan Kapler, a special effects artist and animator who has previously worked on Hollywood blockbusters such as Titanic, X-Men and The Day After Tomorrow, Dream Aquarium is one of the most realistic freshwater aquarium screensavers on the market.

Inspired by his love of fish, Kapler, who was honored with an Academy Technical Achievement Award in 2005 for a software program he developed, left Hollywood to work on Dream Aquarium, which he first released in 2006 and is still actively developing.

Continuous development is made possible by the fact that Dream Aquarium comes with the small price tag of $19.95 (payable via credit card or PayPal). Twenty percent of profits are donated to environmental charities, with a focus on habitat and wildlife conservation, as well as climate change and alternative energy sources, and a free demo version with limited options and nag-screens is available for anyone who wants to try before they buy.

What the money gets you is a virtual tank with 27 species of fish – as well as a fiddler crab cleaning the bottom of the aquarium – that behave much like their real-life counterparts: they peck at objects, eat food, chase each other, swim in schools, and even poop! Additional species, from the Red Tiger Discus to the Long-Finned Rosy Barb, can be purchased separately for $2 each, or as a pack containing all 10 species for $8.

Dream Aquarium settings menu

The screensaver’s settings menu, accessible via the Screensaver Settings Panel in Windows or the Screen Saver panel in OS X, allows you to protect your tank from changes being made by other users, set the maximum number of fish to allow in the tank, as well as their size, and customize various graphics settings. Most of the options, however, can be accessed by hitting the Enter key on your keyboard while Dream Aquarium is running. From there you can change the composition of your tank, feed the fish with "byte-sized" food for virtual fish, add new species, and alter numerous other behaviors.

By default, the camera position is static, showing you the full aquarium, but you can opt to have it follow one fish in particular, or several fish chosen randomly. You can adjust the air bubbles floating up to the surface, along with the speed of the fish, and even the background image can be replaced with any image on your hard drive, like a family photo.

Unless you tell it not to, Dream Aquarium will automatically connect to the internet to look for updates, such as bug fixes and improvements, once every three months. To spare your laptop’s battery, the screensaver will not run unless you have your laptop plugged into a power outlet, though this behavior, too, can be customized.

With full multi-monitor support, realistic sound effects of air bubbles and trickling water, and an active online support forum, Dream Aquarium well-deserves a 5-star rating.

User reviews (9)

hate free sreen saver that have popups

by tim on December 11, 2016

very impressive love the depth and the vibrant colors

by John on February 20, 2016

It's cute

by Cathy on November 20, 2015

Does not work well with Windows 10

by WMC on October 8, 2015

Beautiful

by Essie on September 14, 2015

Wonderful

by richard babcockwomderful on May 9, 2015

demo version. limited useability.

by fake on February 18, 2015

Fair, Tell me how to get rid of it

Screensavers Planet: To uninstall the Dream Aquarium screensaver, please see our help page How to remove (uninstall) a screensaver for step-by-step instructions.

by C. Johnson on November 19, 2014

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