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Ruff Waters, Inc.

Ruff Waters, Inc. In business for over 30 years, we pride ourselves on the work that we do and the relationships we have created. Call us today to get started!

Ruff Waters, Inc. specializes in the Design, Installation, and Management of Aquariums, Ponds, Landscapes, and Fountains. Some of our customers include: Adams Land & Cattle, Alegent Health, Boys Town, CQuence Health Group, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, College of Saint Mary, Dial Retirement Communities, DiVentures, Earl May Seed & Nursery, Faith Regional Hospital, Horseshoe Casino, Jordan

Ruff Waters, Inc. specializes in the Design, Installation, and Management of Aquariums, Ponds, Landscapes, and Fountains. Some of our customers include: Adams Land & Cattle, Alegent Health, Boys Town, CQuence Health Group, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, College of Saint Mary, Dial Retirement Communities, DiVentures, Earl May Seed & Nursery, Faith Regional Hospital, Horseshoe Casino, Jordan

Operating as usual

Shout out to our landscaping crew for tackling pond openings head on this year! Here’s a snippet of the work they’ve acc...
04/22/2022

Shout out to our landscaping crew for tackling pond openings head on this year! Here’s a snippet of the work they’ve accomplished so far in this week’s Featured Friday post. With clean and clear waters, these ponds are ready for summer!

04/15/2022

Happy Friday! With no coral in sight, this week’s featured tank is captivating. This [email protected]$$ predator system is home to a lion fish, trigger fish, and other stunning marine life!

04/08/2022

Happy Friday! Enjoy this week’s Featured Friday of a long spine urchin!

Fun Fact: Did you know that urchins are gendered?? These fascinating invertebrates live in all 5 oceans and help control algae in coral reefs.  Their jaw has five powerful teeth, called “Aristotle’s lantern”.

04/01/2022

Happy Friday! Enjoy this week’s Featured Friday Freshwater Fish tank! Nothing like freshly cleaned silk plants to make the tank pop!

03/25/2022

Happy Friday! May this week’s featured post inspire you to relax this weekend! Shout out to our landscaping team for their outstanding work managing water features like this!

I can remember ordering six buckets of salt back in the early 90s . . .and that would last us a couple of months. Wow, h...
03/24/2022

I can remember ordering six buckets of salt back in the early 90s . . .and that would last us a couple of months. Wow, how times have changed 😃!

MANY CHOICES. ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL.

Happy Friday! This week’s feature is the final destination for the coral in last week’s post. Shout out to our aquatic s...
03/18/2022

Happy Friday! This week’s feature is the final destination for the coral in last week’s post. Shout out to our aquatic specialist Alex for taking the lead on this project. He has done an awesome job with the rock work and managing the aquarium as it cycles.

03/11/2022

Happy Friday! This week’s spotlight shines bright on our very own shop tanks! Our main display is housing some guest coral while their new home is cycling. Stay tuned for pictures of another awesome tank setup!

03/04/2022

Happy Friday! This week’s feature is a stunning multi-tiered pond. A water feature is a wonderful way to add interest and nature into your backyard. If you’re interested in a similar display, please let us know!

325 gallon, custom ReefTrim work is done ✅ and the finished display meets our approval! Water quality, temperature, flow...
03/03/2022

325 gallon, custom Reef

Trim work is done ✅ and the finished display meets our approval!

Water quality, temperature, flow and lights are ALL DIALED IN!

Thank you for following us this week and thank you Curt Bowen for the opportunity!

MANY CHOICES. ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL.

325 gallon, custom ReefThe system is flowing ✅, the filters are rocking ✅, the water system is creating some mighty fine...
03/02/2022

325 gallon, custom Reef

The system is flowing ✅, the filters are rocking ✅, the water system is creating some mighty fine RODI water ✅, and the LED lights are installed and programmed!

Up next? Let’s get the finish trim work done AND introduce Nemo and Crew to their new home!

Happy Wednesday to you!

MANY CHOICES. ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL.

325 gallon, custom ReefPlumbing and rock work were completed consecutively and the display is nearing completion!MANY CH...
03/01/2022

325 gallon, custom Reef

Plumbing and rock work were completed consecutively and the display is nearing completion!

MANY CHOICES. ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL.

02/28/2022

325 gallon, custom Reef

We constructed the rock work at our shop . . . which allows us to play with ideas and concepts . . .while not having to lift heavy rocks into and out of an aquarium (the heaviest piece was 70 lbs)!

The goal, always, is to create a habitat for the many corals, fish and invertebrates that will call this display “home”. As a close second to that goal, we want to create something very unique and interesting to view.

Here is the “fly by” of our twin reefs theme.

MANY CHOICES. ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL.

On August 27 we announced a new project in Lincoln . . .which was a 325 gallon, custom reef built into the owner’s offic...
02/27/2022

On August 27 we announced a new project in Lincoln . . .which was a 325 gallon, custom reef built into the owner’s office wall!

With the system now up and running, we took pictures “along the way” and will share a progression of pictures each day this week.

This project was amazing due to the size and scope of the display. . .and also because we were able to design our work space for it. Please let us know what you think 🤔.

We love what we do . . . and we believe that love shows in everything that we do!

MANY CHOICES. ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL.

02/25/2022
Backyard Oasis

Happy Friday! Despite the cold weather, we are looking forward to warmer days ahead! Enjoy this jaw dropping backyard oasis! If you would like something similar in your yard, please reach out!

02/22/2022

Johnny the Tessalata Eel is moving and grooving this morning! He normally prefers chilling in the rock work, but today he’s showing off his swimming skills. Go Johnny!

02/18/2022

Happy Friday! This week’s Feature Friday is a stunning pond display. As the weather warms up our landscaping team is hitting the dirt and working hard to get water features like this up and running.

02/16/2022

This Pearl Jawfish looks too pretty not to share! This little fish was recently added to their new home and has been a champ when it comes to dinner time!

02/11/2022

Happy Friday! We’re back this week with another puffer fish in our Featured Friday post. This little guy in named Smiley and you’ll catch a glimpse of his tank mate Johnny the Tessalata Eel.

Happy Friday from this happy puffer fish!
02/04/2022

Happy Friday from this happy puffer fish!

Time to brainstorm. NMC contacted us after they saw our water wall at the Woodhouse LIncoln Dealership to discuss bringi...
01/29/2022

Time to brainstorm.

NMC contacted us after they saw our water wall at the Woodhouse LIncoln Dealership to discuss bringing one of their interior walls to life with water. The challenges are 1) they recently finished the renovation of the historic Omaha Box Company Building in Carter Lake and have moved in 2) structurally we are dealing with beams and will need to work around them 3) how much water should we put on the wall and finally 4) how do we get the most impact so that this amazing open floor plan benefits from our work?

We decided that an 8' to 10' stripe down the middle, centered between the openings, that runs about even to the top openings would work best. What do you think?

MANY CHOICES. ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL.

Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Friday goes to a very photogenic yellow tang. While trying to snap some awesome photo...
01/28/2022

Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Friday goes to a very photogenic yellow tang. While trying to snap some awesome photos, this little guy had to make sure he was in most of them. Our anecdotal evidence suggests that yellow tangs are the most attention seeking fish.

01/23/2022

Happy Sunday! Check out this cute Halloween Urchin and it’s many hats! Did you know they can live up to 70 years?? We don’t think this one is that old, so it looks like it has a long happy life ahead 😄

If our training last week was called Aquarium Plumbing 101. . .the training this week would be appropriately called Aqua...
01/16/2022

If our training last week was called Aquarium Plumbing 101. . .the training this week would be appropriately called Aquarium Plumbing 102.

Pictured with me are some OF THE BEST students I have ever worked with and I want to thank them for making our four hours today exceptional!

Cheers to a great Saturday!

01/14/2022

Happy Friday! Enjoy this week’s Featured Friday with an assortment of vivid coral! Beautiful growth like this is carefully managed by our aquatic specialist team to keep things thriving.

. . .and so it begins. 2022 has started with a lot activity! First up? Two new installs / upgrades for customers who hav...
01/10/2022

. . .and so it begins.

2022 has started with a lot activity! First up? Two new installs / upgrades for customers who have been with us over a decade. A 90 gallon reef will entertain the residents, guests and staff at a local retirement community and the 150 gallon reef will be a focal point for children at a youth services facility!

This was an excellent opportunity to conduct some training. . . so we discussed design, plumbing and flow. . .and Ryan, CJ and Alex were excellent students. Celebrating our 32nd year, our tradition of excellence continues!

01/07/2022

Let’s kick of the first Friday of the year with a bonus feature! Enjoy a glimpse into this stunning saltwater reef display. Full of aquatic life, this tank has a wide variety of fish, corals, and invertebrates!

01/07/2022

Happy New Year! This week’s Friday Feature is an upbeat freshwater tank filled with colorful fish! Here at Ruff Waters we strive to meet the personal needs and styles of our customers. Sometimes that means natural decor, and other times we throw in some colorful neon!

When a customer sends you a funny gift for Christmas. . . I thought it was entirely appropriate to continue the fun. . ....
12/31/2021

When a customer sends you a funny gift for Christmas. . . I thought it was entirely appropriate to continue the fun. . .by sending a quick thank you and a picture of said gift in action. 😂🤣 With that, we laughed via text. . . but when the laughing subsided, I was a bit unnerved by his next text, in which he declared, "this is one picture you will regret".

Fast forward a week. . . and in team meeting this morning. . . CJ came in bright and smiley wearing this T-Shirt. Are you kidding me?! We laughed and laughed and laughed in our meeting. Stewart. . . you are one-of-a-kind. . . I love your sense of humor and thank you for the fun!

From our team to you and yours. . . we wish the very happiest of New Years . . . and a 2022 that is filled with laughs, happiness, health and great prosperity!

Cheers! 🥂

12/31/2021

Happy New Year! This week’s Featured Friday is a feeding frenzy of freshwater fish enjoying some fish flakes!

Just some candid shots of happy fish to brighten your day! Cheers to an upcoming New Year!
12/28/2021

Just some candid shots of happy fish to brighten your day! Cheers to an upcoming New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Friday goes to some festive fish inside a 7 foot reef aquarium! W...
12/24/2021

Merry Christmas and Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Friday goes to some festive fish inside a 7 foot reef aquarium! We’ve got the bright red flame hawkfish, the red and white speckled falco hawkfish, and a bright yellow tang.

12/17/2021

Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Friday goes to our good buddy Jonny. He is a Tessalata eel who enjoys the occasional pike mackerel. We’ve offered him squid on multiple occasions, but he’s not a huge fan of tentacles so he politely declines. Swim on Jonny!

12/10/2021

It’s feeding time on this week’s Featured Friday! Enjoy this clip from a well established reef aquarium in our care. From tangs and clownfish to leathers and anemones, this tank has it all!

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4524 S 79 Street
Omaha, NE
68127

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Our Mission Statement To exceed customer expectations by creating exceptional visual displays with water and landscape through communication, interaction, innovation, imagination, knowledge and consistent management.

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(402) 827-7833

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Ruff Waters, Inc. is a design management firm located in Omaha, NE. We specialize in the Design, Installation, and Management of Aquariums, Ponds, Landscapes, and Fountains. Some of our customers include: Anthony's Steakhouse, Blue Sushi, Boys Town, CHI Health, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, College of Saint Mary, Dial Retirement Communities, DiVentures Scuba and Swim Center, Earl May Nursery & Garden Center, Faith Regional Health Services Hospital (of Norfolk, Nebraska), Faith Regional Hospital, Horseshoe Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino, Intrinsic Algorithm, Johnson Controls, Jordan Creek Town Center (of West Des Moines, Iowa), Lockwood Development, Montessori Schools, Nebraska Medicine, Oak Hill Country Club (of Rochester, New York), Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Omaha Home for Boys, Omaha Public Schools, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Pfizer, Quality Living, Tractor Supply Company, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Westside Community Schools

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One of our library's biggest family attractions has always been our fish tank. Here is a picture of siblings watching and talking about what they see in the tank. We are very grateful to Ruff Waters, Inc. for all they do to help us maintain one of the coolest areas in the library!
Attention all shrimpers! The Shrimp Art Festival in Omaha, NE on August 24-25th is almost here! It's going to be a unique event focused around knowledge, techniques, and so many ways to improve how you keep and breed your shrimp. There will also be a contest so check out the page and start selecting some shrimp to submit. Hope to see you all there! There will be a swap meet / trade table time on Saturday from 11-5. Any questions or if you are interested in a vendor/swap table(s) contact Jerry Asper (531) 203-7329 https://www.facebook.com/events/511683592570983/ http://shrimpboutique.com/shrimp-art-festival-omaha-nebras…/
These 5 guys from Ruff Waters, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska spent a 3 day weekend with us fishing and having fun. They were a great bunch. We hope to see them again!
Situated in the kitchen and viewable from both sides, this 300-gallon aquarium was a collaborative effort between the Sloans, Wood Specialties Inc, Curt Hofer & Associates, and Scott Ruff of Ruff Waters, Inc. https://omahamagazine.com/articles/the-sloans-thriving-reef/
are you guys selling corals and fish to the public?
Love my aquarium stock :)
Lighting a 1500 gallon reef tank- From initial planning to ex*****on. Choosing the proper LED lighting for a 1500 gallon triangular tank can be a daunting task but with Orphek LED Lighting it doesn't have to be. This is the tank we've been waiting to share from Ruff Waters, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska.
Thanks to Scott and Ruff Waters...best service and advice for everything "Water."
Congrats on being named Chamber's September Small Business of the Month.
What a cool company you have created! My Black pirannah Varicek gave me is still alive in my 60 gal in Lincoln. Need someone on the aguirium side? Miss it and love it. It makes a fantastic visual, conversation topic and room maker!
I had a great time Visiting with you Saturday night thanks for your time. The Hippo is eating and well. I love it!!!! I have been trying to get one of that size for 7 months in sSioux falls and one call to you Boom i got one. thanks
great local company