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Top 10 Most Creative and Unique Fish Tanks

Updated on October 5, 2014

Let’s face it. Fish are hardly the most interactive of pets. I mean, most people want pets for companionship. And you just can’t pet or cuddle your goldfish the way you would your Golden Retriever, right? But that’s not to say that fish are not good for anything.

In fact, having a fish tank at home -whether you it’s the mid-range 29 gallon aquarium or a larger 75 gallon aquarium or a tiny fish bowl, can be very relaxing. There’s something about watching fish swimming in tranquil water that just calms the mind.

Unfortunately, aquariums can also be a bit boring to look at. Most of them are just the rectangular kinds you see pretty much everywhere. Luckily for aspiring fish owners, and bored hobbyists, more and more creative aquariums are ending up for sale online.

Here are some of my favorites. Check it out!

1. Blow Fish Tank

Look at that tank and tell me it’s not going to be a conversation starter. And even if it’s not, it makes for some really good selfies, don’t you think?

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2. The Flowarium

Now this tank is all very Inception-like. Don’t worry, though. The fish aren’t in any danger of spilling out. Some very clever placement of barriers actually allows water to flow out without the fish going along with it.

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3. The Petting Tank

This is your standard rectangle aquarium with a twist. Pockets have been placed at the sides of the tank to allow the fish to poke their heads into to be fed or petted. Here’s a great aquarium for those people who want some quality time with their pet fish.

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4. The Bird Cage

Okay. I will admit to being a little bit disturbed about the aquarium above. It’s basically got a whole bird cage submerged in the middle of the fish tank. So you end up with fish and birds both. If you’re not worried that your pet birds will feel like they’re drowning all the time or your pet fish thinking they’re about to be eaten by birds of prey, then maybe you can consider having one of these made.

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5. The Jellyfish Tank

Some people want a fish tank but want a something more exotic than fish in there. If you’re one of them, then consider this jellyfish tank. It’s designed to have a laminar water flow around the inner surface to prevent the jellyfish from bumping into each other and killing themselves. The tank is sold together with the jellyfish.

There are still a few other designs that are unusual, creative and wonderfully geeky like the following.

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6. The Tiny Tank

If kitsch is more up your alley (or if you’re planning to hide your aquarium on your office cubicle), then this is the tank for you. It’s a real glass aquarium that measures 30mm x 24mm x 14mm. It can hold 2 teaspoons of water and perfect for the equally tiny zebra fish.

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7. The MacAquarium

These were created especially for Apple fans by Jake Harms. Using recycled iMac cases, Harms customized the tanks with bright lights and high quality filters. Each one is ready to use out of the box when you purchase them.

8. The Labyrinth Aquarium

Ever had a pet gerbil or hamster? Well, the labyrinth aquarium is like a gerbil cage. Only it’s for fish. The price tag is a bit hefty. It’s not a cheap aquarium at $6,500. But it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a pretty awesome looking aquarium. It makes for a great addition in the living room or even at your office.

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9. The Coffee Stand Aquarium

This is a highly functional aquarium as it doubles as a coffee table. It makes for a nice living room centerpiece and lets you enjoy watching your fish while improving the over-all feel of your living space as well.

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10. The Balancing Fishbowl

Probably not the best aquarium to have if you have children, this balancing fishbowl rests on table edges with its weight balancing it out. It’s made from hand-blown, premium glass and retails at around £295.

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Aquariums need not be boring. You can have them custom-made to fit your unique tastes and living area. There are a number of companies offering custom services online. Be prepared to spend money on these tanks, however. Remember, you’re opting to get something specifically made for you. That’s not always going to be cheap.

If you want unusual and creative without spending so much, though, you can also check out cheap aquariums for sale at Amazon and pretty much DIY.

Here are some of my favorites unique fish tanks from Amazon

Wrapables Fish Bubble Wall Mounted Acrylic Fish Bowl
Wrapables Fish Bubble Wall Mounted Acrylic Fish Bowl

Hang this tank anywhere! At about $16.99, it’s certainly cheaper than many other unusual aquariums.

 
Umbra FishHotel Mini Aquarium, Great for Goldfish, Bettas, and Other Small Fish, 1.8 Gallon
Umbra FishHotel Mini Aquarium, Great for Goldfish, Bettas, and Other Small Fish, 1.8 Gallon

If you don’t want to splurge on a custom-made coffee table aquarium, check out the Umbra FishHotel Aquarium instead. It’s only $34.99 at Amazon.

It’s made of glass and can be stacked with other FishHotel aquariums to make a high-rise tower appearance. It measures 7.5 x 7.5 x 8 inches and weighs only 5 pounds.

 
Home Essentials 786460172302 CLEAR FISH BOWL - CLEAR FISH SHAPED BOWL
Home Essentials 786460172302 CLEAR FISH BOWL - CLEAR FISH SHAPED BOWL

This one’s a nice alternative to the flowarium above. The glass measures 14 inches long with a 4 inches opening and will only set you back about $38.

 
EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem, Small Sphere
EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem, Small Sphere

If you’re bored with the usual rectangle aquarium and goldfish combination and would like something more unique, check out the EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem.

This product is not only pretty but also low-maintenance. You don't need to maintenance, don't need to feeding or change water for 2 to 3 years.

 

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Fish get bored too. They deserve more than the usual gravel, rocks and fake plants you put in the tank. If you have the time, or the creative inclination, give the above creative choices a try. Your fish will be happier for it.

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      Alex 

      2 years ago

      Most of these fishtanks are horrible for goldies, considering some need 75 gallons.

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