There are plenty of fish in the sea but only a few fish tanks that are a catch. The web is full of sites that claims to offer unique custom-made fish tanks, but althought they are pretty to look at, only some really stood out to me. Besides the attractive and clever designed home aquariums, there is also the unusual ones that are equally worth mentioning. From small to large to huge, from outdoor to indoors, they are all here.
1. The Spacearium
One can say that the Spacearium made the cut for the most part on its aesthetic appeal. Besides features such as the hidden adoptable filter for either salt or fresh water fish and the super clear premium quality glass; it is the overall elegance of the Spacearium that intrigued me. The tank is designed without any awkward edges, and can be viewed from any area in a room. The tank comes without a stand and can be mounted anywhere in a house, office or restaurant, without taking up unnecessary floor space. This sleek fish tank will impress any guests and would definately not be a fish out of water in any room.
2. The Duplex Aquarium Cage
This Tweety-meets-Nemo design called Duplex by french designer Constance Guisset is a clever and aestetically pleasing combination of a fish tank and a bird cage, allowing the animals to interact with one another.
The bowl-shaped aquarium is placed on top of the bird cage. The design in totality is simplistic and uncomplicated, and can be displayed anywhere in a room. I must say that I am afraid that every time your bird looks up, he might think that something fishy is going on.
3. The AZOO Eco-Desk Lifestyle Aquarium
Aquarium tables are not so unique as you might think. They differ in sizes and shapes and are freely available over the net for purchase. However the latest Eco-Desk Lifestyle Aquarium by AZOO is one of the least tacky ones I found and it happens to be the world’s first miniature ecosystem with a self-contained water cleaning system. The Eco-Desk is more than just another aquarium-table combination, it is also a work of art, but the best part by far is that it doesn't need cleaning for more than a year.
4. Designer Fish Bowls
A fish bowl is hardly worthy of mentioning, especially if this post is about fish tanks, however, some fish bowls are in fact quite interesting. By adding clever elements to the traditional fish bowl, they are able to transform into unique designer objects.
Betta Treasures Collection Fish Bowls
The Betta Treasures Collection has captured my interest because of their mysticality. Your goldfish can now life in their own fantacy-world.
The bowls comes complete with a hand blown, crystal clear, beveled glass sphere and a battery operated brilliant LED lighting system and sparkling "jewel" substrate. The bowl stands are bronze sculptures resembling a mystical undersea world.
Michal Shabtiali's Portable Fish Bowl
Finally, I always wanted to walk my fish, now I can...
Michal Shabtiali's portable fish bowl, a student project, is aimed at kids with divorced parents. It allows them to "walk" or transport their fish, despite the fact that fish don't have legs.
He might have designed this bowl for easy transport, but wouldn't is also be perfect for kids that are allergic to dogs, and always wanted a pet they can take for a walk?
5. Star Wars R2-D2 Fish Tank Aquarium
This tank, besides being a replica of R2-D2 has other functions that is 'out of this world'. His head rotates as he replies with “bleeps” from the Star Wars movies. And there is more; his radar eye houses a built-in periscope, so you can watch your fish doing fish stuff, like swim. Awesome, I know! This is enough to make any Star Wars fan rush to the shops (or the internet). To conclude, since you are the legal owner of the R2-D2 Fish Tank, I guess it gives you the right to say "I am your father".
6. The Ocean Aloha Tiki Aquarium
This is one of the more playful aquariums I stumbled upon. There is not much more I need to say about this Polynesian Tiki shaped model. It is designed to look authentic, by giving it a detailed hand crafted appearance.The aquarium includes all necessary components to immediately establish a salt-water environment. Some believe that the Tiki is strongly associated with the origin of the procreative act, if this is true your fish will probably mostly be busy doing the funkey monkey.
7. Head Shaped Fish Tanks
This is a fish tank indeed, it's not just in your head. This is a limited edition fish tank created by the artist known as Nicola L. If you ask me I think she is a real head case, however the tanks where unique enough to catch my attention. The lucky fish that will inhabit this tank, will definately have a head start in life (okay I'll stop).
8. The Moody Aqaurium Sink and Bathtub
Sink your fish into this. Manufactured by Open Kristalluxin in Italy, the Moody Aqaurium Sink and Bathtub is yet another two, two in one combo's: a aquarium/sink and a aquarium/bathtub.
Both comes with a powerhead to ensure water circulation, oxygenation and filtration. The tub has two openings, one on each side of the basin, closed by soap dishes to access the crystal top for cleaning purposes or changing arrangement. The washbasin is mounted on a chrome finish brass stand with a front towel rail.
The free-standing bathtub enables you to swim with the fish, so to speak. The fish are contained inside a clear panel in front of the tub which makes it look like you’re swimming in the same aqua world as your finned companions. It is made from glass and temperate wood. Although you might be clean afterwards, it does not mean that the tanks are clean as well. Although there is little information about the cleaning of the tanks I'll say that they will need regular cleaning unless you want your bathroom to smell like dead fish.
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While your at it, why not purchase a Fish and Flush toilet.
9. The Fish and Flush Toilet
Flushing Nemo... Your toilet can now be turned into a lively aquarium. Why not? These acrylic fish tanks fitted for a king, are fully functional, impact resistant and strong. They are completely separate from the toilet tank and are designed to fit directly against the companion tank reservoir. Both fresh water and salt water can be added. Once again I'll say that regular maintenance is needed if you want to avoid your bathroom from smelling fishy. Luckily fish can't smell...
10. The Fish Highway
What is a fish highway you might ask.
The Fish Highway is a very unique installation. Imagine a means for fish to swim out the top of your aquarium, up to the ceiling, across the room and then down into another tank. That’s a fish highway. It can be implemented in your own home or business and allows fish to swim from one part of the room to another.
I guess watching fish swim can be therapeutic, now you can constantly watch your fish swim back and forth, from one tank to another. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth...
To find out all the nitty gritty things like how the tank work, visit their site.
11. Urban Escapism
Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino transformed an old telephone booth into an aquarium as part of the Lyon Light Festival in France. Phone booths have become something of the past, only to be seen in movies, therefor they came up with the clever idea of reusing an old redundant phone booth, by turning it into a colourful aquarium.
Phone booths never worked anyway, at least as aquariums they serve a purpose. If you ask me, I'd say put some lobsters in them.
12. The Golden Nugget Shark Tank
A super-slide runs through it.
Starring sharks, a swimming pool and a super-slide, Las Vegas Golden Nugget's shark tank is quite unique. The shark infected tank is surrounded by the swimming pool and has a three story water slide that runs through it.
The secure waterslide leads you through the center of the shark tank. Those who are less adventurous can peacefully enjoy the sight of some of the world's most fin-tastic sea life.
13. The Largest Fish Tank in the World
The AquaDom in Berlin, Germany, is a 25 meter tall cylindrical acrylic glass aquarium, the tallest in the world, with built-in transparent elevator. It is located at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Berlin-Mitte and the work of U.S. company Reynolds Polymer Technology.
The Aquadom is the largest acrylic glass cylinder in the world, with a diameter of over 11 meters, built on a 9 meters tall concrete foundation. Filled with about 900,000 liters of seawater, it contains some 2600 fish of 56 species. The feeding of the fish and the cleaning of the fish tank is performed daily by a pair of full-time divers.
14. Qua Bottle Lounge
QUA Bottle Lounge, a cocktail lounge in the heart of Austin, Texas' upscale warehouse district has a unique aquarium. A 19000 gallon shark tank exhibit doubles as a dancefloor. The fish tank has four 3 inch clear custom built acrylic panels on top and each weighs over a ton. There is approximately a 9 inch gap between the water surface and acrylic surface. It's physically impossible to disturb the water's surface from above the tank.
The aquarium has 12 coral reef sharks and at least three different kinds of stingrays. This is definately not a case of a big fish in a small pond, however PETA has been a bit of a party-pooper, since they are argueing that the tank is not suitable for the sharks, since they have very sensitive hearing and may be disturbed by the loud music. Maybe they actually enjoy the music?
15. Car Aquariums
A car turned into a fish tank is no doubt a unique sight, however there are a few master minds in the world that had the same idea.
It’s amazing. Have you seen fish swimming in a car? It is found at the Siam Ocean World in Siam Paragon center in Bangkok, Thailand. Yes, this gigantic fish tank made out of a car and the fish are feed through the sun roof.