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Glass Art Fish

Updated on June 1, 2012

GlassArt Fish on eBay

There's no need to feed them or scrape algae from the sides of the tank when your fish are rendered in glass.Wildly colorful hand-blown representations of many species can be ordered through our favorite online auction site, eBay. The selection changes daily: check often for unique items to spice up your aquarium.


Whether spelled as 'beta' or 'betta', this beautiful fish is sometimes known as a Siamese Fighting Fish and is always a member of the Gourami family. In the real world, they have been known to attack smaller fish, but they generally behave peaceably in the tank, especially if they are glass.

They are freshwater creatures, but If you stock your tank, or your windowsill, with glass renditions of betta fish, you won't need to worry about that. They would also be consuming a simple diet of worms and insect larvae, but feeding requirements become moot under these circumstances.

Glass Fish, representative of craftsmanship from 14th Century BC, Egypt.
Glass Fish, representative of craftsmanship from 14th Century BC, Egypt.

Bottle Fish

Glass fish performing double-duty as bottles appear in great virtual schools on eBay. Green, blue, clear, and amber styles can be bid upon every day. Large bottles holding upwards of 40 ounces appear regularly. Schools of tiny glass fish bottles also dot the virtual landscape.

Early Egyptian craftspeople fashioned many examples of glass fish bottles, all manually. The British Museum regularly displays examples of original Egyptian glass fish from as long ago as 1350 BC, but you can order less expensive reproductions on eBay.

Egyptian artisans created fish-shaped molds out of clay. They poured molten glass over the mold, decorated it with colorful glass droppings, and then carefully scraped out the clay through the mouth. It was a painstaking process that resulted in a beautiful collectors item for a royal family member. There was no eBay in the 14th century BC: orders were placed via clay tablet or official edict.

Glass Floating Buoy

Glass floats when filled with air to displace less than its' own weight in the water. Japanese fisherpeople used these ingenious yet beautiful globes to keep their nets float, allowing unsuspecting fish to swim into them, They wouldn't have worked very well for George Clooney and and the Intrepid crew of the Andrea Gail, but they will look fantastic in your family room.

Typically the balls are secured to the netting with hemp rope. Examples of these functional yet decorative items complement any nautical decor that needs complementing. Hang them from the walls or ceilings to create an atmosphere of subsistence fishing from days long ago.

Tropical Glass Fish

Fish living in tropical environs trend toward colorful and delicate. Relocating them into your aquarium may enhance your well-being but drastically reduce their individual quality of life. Instead of transporting unsuspecting indigenous aquatic beings from their native homeland, consider substituting roughly equivalent glass fish for your viewing pleasure. You won't need fish food. You can even wear them as jewelry or adorn your cubicle walls with your favorite colors.


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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I used to collect glass animals when I was in highschool (my bf loved to buy them for me), but my beloved cat equally loved to knock them off the shelves...typically at 3am. that I no longer have a cat... :) Great hub! Voted up and then some. :)

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      nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @drbj: Indeed, PETA is thrilled as well. We are all just visitors on this little blue marble in space.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Collectng glass fish instead of the real thing is a great ecological step forward, nicomp, you are to be commended for reminding us.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Lol good response.

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      nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Lauryallan: These are definitely not cat-fish. :)

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Hey these look beautiful. I saw your other hub about the glass crabs and liked those too. I'd buy one of these but my cats would think it was a toy and destroy it super quick.