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World Trip – Tabletop Tropical Fish Tank


There are quite a variety of aquarium designs available. Almost anyone can find the design that suits them best. Some people are looking for a coffee table system or even a  tabletop tropical fish tank, although these types are often difficult to heat and are best suited for fish that should be viewed from above anyway.

In most cases the systems that are most success are those that house goldfish, or sometimes koi, a close cousin of the goldfish varieties.  In most cases, these tanks are more for design considerations than totally practical fish containers.

Take for example the World Trip aquarium, by Takuro Yamamoto that has been placed on the shortlist of the Tiff Award for 2012.  This tabletop aquarium offers the fish a chance to travel the world as they move through the maze of walls that ultimately create a global view for the viewer above.

"World Trip" fish tank. (Photo: Takuro Yamamoto Architects)

“World Trip” fish tank. (Photo: Takuro Yamamoto Architects)

From the fish’s view, there are little more than clear walls confronting them at every turn. Just like not being able to see the forest for the trees, the fish will not benefit from the ultimate form the fish tank creates.  But this tank really is not made for the fish, they are just part of the overall look of the tabletop.  This “fashionista” aquarium is not for the avid aquarist.  It is for the designer and the people who want a unique accent to the room or space they place it in.

Andrew Liszewski’s take on it sums up the way it could make a person feel when looming over the flat world:

If you’ve ever felt guilty about your goldfish having to swim around in a cramped bowl, Takuro Yamamoto Architects designed this stunning coffee table aquarium that lets them traverse the entire world. Albeit, a very, very small version of the world.

Tabletop Tropical Fish Tank is still a concept

It is very important to understand that this concept still has quite a bit of design work before it should be considered as a project for commercial introduction.  The tank is crustal clear, and completely unsoiled by fish wastes.  The bottom is also clear and there is no filtration shown for the concept.  In many cases, this si the problem with trying to integrate a system such as a tabletop tropical fish tank or coffee tanle system.  The wastes need to be filtered and the water kept pure for the fish over the long-term.  Such a wide open aquarium allows all light into the tank, and often the result is the growth of algae.  Most coffee table tanks solve that problem by only allowing the top to be clear for viewing.  In the long run, if the tank is to remain clean, good filtration and opaque sides will probably have to be developed.

Do you think this tabletop aquarium is more for the fish or the people who view it?  Leave us your comments

 

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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