An aquarium screensaver is a popular choice with computer owners looking to jazz up their desktop.
People have a strong fascination with fish swimming through water. Aquarium screen savers are a virtual alternative to a real fish tank.
Once such screensavers performed a practical purpose. If early computer monitors were left switched on the monitor could become permanently damaged. By placing a moving image on the screen it would stop this from happening,
Below are some reviews of premium fish screensavers for purchase. Although each is for sale as a premium product you can also get them for free by clicking the buy button then pressing the download button on the next screen.
Below is a free koi pond widget you can use on your google homepage or on your website. It can be customised in size, fish and water colour, and the fish number.
There are many to choose from but one of the best aquarium screensavers available is from Useless Creations. The 3D graphics and attention to detail make both of their virtual aquarium choices excellent products. The range of saltwater and freshwater species allows users to create a tropical, coldwater or marine aquarium screensaver.
It is not just the realistic fish that makes this aquarium screensaver so appealing. The play of light and water is modeled as accurately as possible. Light entering the surface is refracted by the virtual ripples into a scatter of pleasing patterns. You can even choose the aquarium background image from your own photograph or wallpaper for a customized finish.
A free screensaver version allows new users to get a feel for the software by placing limitations on the fish available. The full version invites users to design their own aquatic community using over 20 different aquarium fish. The screen savers are available for the PC and Mac via online download.
Some other aquarium screensavers on the market are actually game and screen saver hybrids. These interactive versions require the owner to perform tasks such as feeding fish. Simulations may also offer features allowing the purchase of new pets for their virtual aquarium. Fish Tycoon is one such advanced aquarium screensaver.