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22 Unusual and Creative Aquariums

Is your life full of stress and worry? Do you have high blood pressure or insomnia?

Getting an aquarium may be a great way to relax!

Many studies have shown that watching fish going about their daily business can reduce your stress levels, lower your blood pressure and make you feel more relaxed.

Besides all the health benefits, aquarium can be a beautiful addition to your home that attracts a lot of attention. To get you even more excited, we want to show you 22 unusual and creative aquarium designs.

However, note that it’s highly recommended to build the aquarium around the chosen fish species and not the other way around.

1. Balancing Fishbowl

Just looking at this fish tank makes me uncomfortable, however it “is resting on its counter-balanced weight” so there’s probably nothing to worry about. Made from premium glass, handblown and slumped by a master glassblower each tank has it’s own unique form and individual characteristics. Available for £295. (Designer: Psalt Design)

2. One Pot, Two Lives

“A planter and a fish tank joined together.” (Designers: Sheng-Zhe Feng and Ling-Yuan Chou)

3. The Air Aquarium

“The Air 1 Aquarium is a glass, zeppelin-shaped aquarium supported by a steel frame with simplistic design and combination of simple elements that are part of everything yet autonomous according to the French designer Amaury Poudray, a part of the brand new design studio “Matiere A”.” (Designer: Amaury Poudray)

4. iPond

The iPond is an iPod accessory the combines a speaker with a tiny aquarium. A single fish lives in about 650 milliliters of water. RSPCA spokesman Hugh Wirth said despite the fighting fish’s ability to breathe air from the surface, the tank was far too small for it to receive adequate oxygen. (link)

5. Aquarium Sink

“This highly entertaining accessory allows you to enjoy an aquarium or zen garden within your restroom. The top glass rises in case you need to rearrange the decor and both sides offer a large, circular entry for fish feeding.” (buy)

6. Mason Jar Fish Tank & Vase Shelf

“The jars unscrew from the bottom of the shelf, making it easy to fill or clean the jars. The holes into the mason jar are large enough to provide enough oxygen for a beta to survive with a flower or plant coming through the shelf. It is the perfect way to show off pretty flowers while grabbing the attention of your guests at the same time!” (Designer: Christy)

7. Fishscape Fishbowl

“A reinterpreted design of the classic fishbowl, evoking the feel of a mountain range.” (Designer: Aruliden)

8. Telephone Booth Aquarium

Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino have transformed a regular telephone booth into a functioning aquarium for the Lyon Light Festival in France. (Designers: Benoit Deseille & Benedetto Bufalino)

9. Fish Tank Coffee Table

“This fish tank coffee table is a crowd pleasure. Its base is a fully functional aquarium, and due to the beleveled glass, nothing you place on the table will disturb the fish. There is a two inch opening on the surface where feeding occurs and the entire glass top is easily lifted when it is time to add fish or redecorate.” (buy)

10. Pipeline Fish Tank

“This is a guy who is truly fan of fishes and aquariums. He made this awesome pipeline fish tank which is all over this caffe. You cat take a seat, relax and watch fishes how swims in those pipes. It is very unusual but you must give him a mark for creativity. Fishes can move from one aquarium to another because of those pipelines which connects them.” (link)

11. Aquarium Office Table

“If you do not have enough room in your new office to put an aquarium, just integrate an Aquarium in the table.” (link)

12. Portable Fishbowl

“Fishbowl with a handle, which allows you to walk your fish outdoors.” (Designer: michal shabtiali)

13. Old TV Aquarium

“Ever wondered what to do with that ancient 26″ wooden TV set laying around in yours or your grandparent’s garage?” (link)

14. Aquarium Sofa

“This sofa features aquariums on both its sides. So all those who love keeping fishes in your home, then this is a must have for you. Its priced at just USD 12,000…not bad!” (link)

15. Fish Bowls

“This project presents fifteen different pieces that explore variations of the iconic image of a fishbowl. Each piece examines a topic or suggests a solution to a different issue, as human qualities are being attributed to a fish.” (Designer: Roger Arquer)

16. Labyrinth Aquarium

“This very innovative and rare aquarium is offered in three colors. The tables are produced in cherry, black or carbon fiber and they conceal the rare filtration and lighting components. Fish swim freely throughout the entire aquarium. Designed for tropical freshwater fish.” (buy)

17. Hanging Fish Tank

“These unusual fish tanks display your pet in a very creative manner. An LED light, which illuminates in moon white, is built into the top (does not shine on fish). The feeding holes are on top of the fish tanks.” (buy)

18. Infinity Aquarium

“The repetitive geometrical shape of Infinity aquarium creates a visual metaphor to life in the fish bowl.” (Designer: bcxsy)

19. Desktop Jellyfish Tank

“Desktop Jellyfish Tank is the first affordable aquarium designed specifically for jellyfish and it’s as easy to maintain as a regular fish tank.” (Designer: Alex)

20. Poor Little Fish

“Poor Little Fish is an unusual approach to saving water. When using this basin, users are prompted into thinking about consumption when the water level in the fishbowl goes down (but does not actually drain out). There are two separate pipelines, so the water level will go back to where it was once the water stops running. As well, the water from the tap is pure, as its pipeline does not connect to the bowl.” (Designer: Yan Lu)

21. World Trip Aquarium

“World Trip is a glass goldfish basin which has shape of the world map. you can enjoy world wide trip and adventure with goldfishes.” (Designer: Takuro Yamamoto)

22. Duplex Aquarium / Bird Cage

“Duplex is an acquarium/cage favouring an improbable encounter between a bird and a fish. The aquarium is thermoformed so as to create a space where the bird can fly at the same visual level as the fish.” (Designer: Constance Guisset)

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  • Eva Kielbasa via Facebook

    love a lot of them

  • Maciek Kalczyński

    poor fishes :(

  • Lateecia Hernandez via Facebook

    #22 So my birdies and fishy’s can keep each other company. ^_^

  • Amanda Rees via Facebook

    The designer who incorporated the tank’s inhabitant’s welfare the most in their brief on an equal par to innovative design would win it for me.

  • Aleksandar Radojkovic via Facebook

    Definitely The Phone Booth Aquarium (No.8)

  • Niels Larsen via Facebook

    true that, I think that welfare of the animals hasn’t even crossed the designers mind, despite that there are some beautiful designs in there

  • Lores Van DaLounge via Facebook

    Nr.22: Birds & Fish… a cat’s heaven! ;)

  • Yann Icus via Facebook

    Coffe table FTW! Until I drop a coffee mug on it. Oil spill. Eco-disaster. Animal rights activists… You get the picture.

  • Ea Bäurle via Facebook

    None! Animals aren´t decoration! The tanks are really bad for the fishes. Free all animals :-)

    • Pickles

      If you’re going to say that then you should be promoting that dogs and cats shouldn’t be pets either… :/ Fail.

    • Ronaldo

      Go back to PETA..

  • Melissa Chetty via Facebook

    some of these are pretty but what a nightmare to clean!


    Most of them are cruelty to animals…never thougt seeing something like that on bored panda!!!

    • Bored Panda

      I’m against animal cruelty too! I don’t even go fishing because I don’t want fish to suffer. I’m glad this list has sparked discussion – more people will think before buying an aquarium. Like I said in the article, it’s highly recommended to build the aquarium around the chosen fish species and not the other way around.

      • Why You do this?

        You Write an article calling them creative, and provide links to buy these tanks. even though most of them would be unsuitable even for a betta. How exactly is that you fostering discussion on the suffering of fish? honestly, fishing is a thousand times more humane than these tanks, because the fish get to live their lives out in a giant lake, and not stifled and dying in the equivalent of a human broom closet.

        • petasucks

          The tanks are creative, where or not the are useful is something completely different. Don’t attack this person because they thought it was cool. And honestly this person shouldn’t have to defend themselves to you or any other PETA fucks.The tanks are creative, I agree with Bored Panda. The title of this article wasn’t ideal living conditions for betta bowls. Get a fucking life all you fucking Peta Fucks.

  • Ryan Hunt via Facebook

    16 or 22

  • Barbara Gepert via Facebook

    Pipeline! Always wanted one:D

  • Peeker Boo

    These are certainly beautiful to look at but hopefully they are just pieces of art & not being sold as working aquariums.

  • Anne Shirley via Facebook

    Love “One pot two lives” a bit lonely though!

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  • Zuzana Tichá via Facebook

    až na vyjímky velmi stresuplné prostředí!! :(

  • Jess Owen via Facebook

    poor fucking fish…

  • Matt Hunt via Facebook

    I don’t think there are really fish in all of them just trick photos cool ideas I like the coffee table best!

  • Lisa Champine via Facebook

    I like the fish tank coffee table and sink

  • Uliana Becker via Facebook

    sehr schön für das Auge…aber bestimmt nicht immer so schön für die Fische…manche sind doch gar zu klein und öde…

  • Carlo Bello via Facebook

    lot of those you can call torture of poor fish. do not forget that one fish needs at least 3-5 liters of water, plants, filter and many more…

  • Tehilla Nicole Du Toit via Facebook

    Either the Poor Little Fishys one or the vases. Both if possible :)

  • Kimberly Sulyn Powell via Facebook

    They were neat designs but I agree with Carlo. Some of those were too small for fish. Also, even though they look nice, could you imagine trying to clean the sink one or the office desk one? Talk about a chore – it would be easier just to own a tank aquarium!

  • Katarina Turcanova via Facebook

    Poor Little Fish is the best one

  • Melissa Silvestri via Facebook

    The pipeline is cool and I think it’s good for the fish as they can move from one tank to the other.

  • Martine Giovagnoli Ardilouze via Facebook

    Pas sure que cela enleve le stress ! Mais très joli tout de même !

  • Anonymous

    Poor fishes.. why you keep promoting this stupidity?

  • Sam

    Terra firma and the Sub Aqua. Plants, creatures and fish. Looking through a fish eye lens it may not be a pretty picture but I’m not. Although clinical in the represention of what is a diverse and harmonic symbiosis, I really enjoyed seeing how people have actually toyed with life itself. Cue maniacal laughter. . . Seriously.. I’d love to see aquaponics EveryWhere if it looked an eighth as funky.

  • Amazingtechzone

    Great collection

  • Northsgn

    cruel basteds 

  • Christian D Haider

    Someone tell me how the pipe line is possible? how do they keep the water from above from pushing out the tanks? its just not possible unless the connecting pipe line is sealed from the tanks. In which case the fish wouldn’t be going from tank to tank, it would be a separate tank just built from one tank to the other…. a deception!

    • morgs

      no sh!t Sherlock!

    • petasucks

      It is very simple, fill up a sink with water.Take a glass, put in sink and turn upside down, then pull up. water comes up with it. Same concept with that tank.

  • Unity Smummy

    many of these are tantamount to animal cruelty. The jars in the shelf, the ipod, poor little fish. Tiny and pontless and carrying your fish outside! Nutters!! The best of the batch for me (and by far the best idea) is the TV which means less dumping of items that can be re-used, therefore less to landfill and a reasonable tank size for a few fish.

  • april tong

    I liked the labyrinth aquarium, the telephone booth, and the television aquarium. The tanks are larger which is good for the fish and the appearance is also a nice touch. Some of the other tanks, though, are too small to be good for the fish. The pipe line would be okay if both the tank and pipeline was larger. The fish can travel more with that.

  • joe valverde

    these are awesome

    pleasee see my own projects

  • Christina Barajas

    the bird cage/fish tank is kind of messed up cause the bird will probably spend all day pecking at the fish tank



  • Raj

    I liked few, hate few.. on the whole feeling sad about the fishes… Poor little ones..!

  • lololol

    How is this cruelty to animals? Most of these are bettas, which live in tide pools, so they like enclosed spaces with no other fish. Besides, their brains are puny. They don’t know or care where they are. They’re just fish, I love them too and I hate fishing, but for crying out loud they’re fine.

    • Aquariest

      Betta Splendens do not have puny brains, they are very intelligent and amazing animals who can see in colour, have a memory and definitely know where they are. In the wild they live in rice fields in Asia and while they can survive for a long period of time in a small amount of water it is not ideal. They are actually very good jumpers and will often jump to find bigger pools of water. They can breathe air but they also take oxygen from water through their gills, they have a complex lung gill system called a labyrinth. They are territorial, which means they establish territories which means they DEFINITELY know where they are!! They require plants, and hiding holes as well. I would never keep a Betta Splendens in less than 20 litres of water. They most definitely ARE NOT FINE in most of these tanks.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe they ENJOY watching people. How do you know they don’t? A friendly happy dolphin at Sea World made a lifetime friend by plopping a handful of sea weed at my feet while my back was turned. I threw it back in the water when I figured out where it had come from and we had a fun game for 10 minutes tossing it back and forth. 3-4 other dolphins joined him until a park ranger shut us all down. I’ll never forget them.

        • Sandy

          @xbj:disqus that dolphin is probably dead by now – Sea World is probably one of the worst examples of animal cruelty – dolphins can live for 20-40 years in the wild, in pods of up to thousands of dolphins, travelling thousands of km. In captivity they have a small pool to swim in and will live only a couple of years. It is basically torture for them.

          • xbj

            Not to defend Sea World, but that dolphin had friends, and they were happy. Unhappy prisoners don’t make friends with others of the same species as their captors. I think killer whales are another story entirely, and they do hate their captors and kill strangers, although I think the problem is more sexual and trainers should never “milk” whales or any other species. Not a fan of Sea World after seeing “Blackfish” although I will always cherish my experience. Because of the dolphin and its friends, not because of Sea World.

  • Rick Appelman

    OMG there are some dumb ass people in this world!! whinging about a fish in a bowl and yet there are starving kids dying all over the world,, get a life you stupid ill educated dumb asses!!!

    • Ozzy

      Well done Rick! You started a sentence with “OMG” You’re super smart!!!

  • Idontgetyouridiocy

    Animal Cruelty? Explain please. Is it animal cruelty to get a bed for your dog? What do the fish care? They are not being tortured, get a life.

  • D

    I’m appalled by what you are promoting on your site. All these tank designs are extremely inhumane and do not promote a happy healthy environment for any fish no matter what size. Kindly remove this article from your site. Very offensive!!

  • Dani

    Words cannot explain the rage I feel for some of these. The odd one is okay but the rest are far too tiny and cramped for any fish, no matter how small, to live. Sickened by what people will do to have an interesting conversation piece, and the fact that there are so many people are like “they’re just fish, so?”

  • shaba

    They r just fish who gives a Fuck dumb idiots

  • me

    most of these aren’t for sale or use so no one is actually going to torture fish

  • jacksspleen

    schools, and prison could also be considered animal cruelty. afterall we are the human animal.

  • Brandon

    i love fishing, meat and hunting, but at least i kill the animal humanly, there is a difference between keeping a fish in one of these ‘aquariums’ and making it constantly suffer and fishing or hunting, believe me its a huge difference when a fish has to suffer for a second VS when it has to suffer till it dies of stress

  • nikhil kaikade

    is was awesome …….

  • Ozzy

    Shiro Ani. Can you come and live in my closet?? There should be no problem you are free to move around in it as much as you want. I mean you dont need freedom do you? freedom from what? as you put it.