Owning a fish tank (aquarium) has many benefits, from adding an interesting piece to your decor to even improving you health. In fact, some scientific studies show that watching an aquarium can reduce stress levels, help lower blood pressure and improve overall mental health. And when they look as good as these 25 creative and unusual fish tanks from around the world the effects make sense. A note of caution with some of these designs: keep in mind that fish and other aquatic animals are living creatures that do have certain requirements necessary for their well-being such as sufficient amount of living space, clean water, appropriate temperature, food etc. Some of the following designs may look really cool and trendy but the little residents of the tanks may not share their owners´ elation.
Since fish tanks have always attracted people´s attention, many restaurants and cafes all over the world want to have some to decorate their interiors. This stylish aquarium can be found in T-Rex Café in Florida.
Home built-in fish tanks have been more and popular and their usage is not limited to just living room walls any more. If you are skilful enough, you can make this original aquarium coffee table.
Well, watching this fish tank probably wouldn't give me a relaxing feeling but the designer says it's an absolutely safe and well-balanced design.
Made from cylindrical acrylic glass, this impressive aquarium is located at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, Germany. Filled with 1,000,000 liters (264,000 gallons) of water, and containing over 1,500 fish of 50 different species, the aquarium can also be observed from the inside when using the built-in transparent elevator.
Apple fans can also have their version of an aquarium. If you take an old Mac case and fit it with a custom designed fish tank, you can get something like this cool Macquarium.
If you want to have an aquarium all around you, visit this hotel located on the Maldives island of Rangali. Owned by the international luxury brand Conrad Hotels & Resorts, the hotel has been voted twice as the best hotel in the world.
Those who are frightened by immense masses of water and large fish might want to consider this miniature wonder by Russian artist Anatoly Konenko. The world´s smallest aquarium holds just two tea spoons of water and can only accommodate a few miniature stones, plants and the tiny zebra fish.
Aquariums don't have to be necessarily inhabited just by fish. This jellyfish tank looks mdern and relaxing. However, the jellyfish seem to be a bit confined in there.
We are used to seeing fish tanks in some bars and pubs but the QUA Bottle Lounge in Texas has elevated the usage of an aquarium in a bar to another level. The dance floor of the lounge is built on a huge 20,000 gallon tank with sharks and stingrays.
A bathroom sink is another place where you can install your piece of nature. The two circular holes on the sides are designed for feeding and the entire top glass can be removed.
A fish tank can also be used as an original space divider in an office. Hopefully the roaming fish on the background don’t distract the hardworking employees.
Designed by a famous Japanese aquarist Takashi Amano, this fish tank creates a unique ecosystem.
Nobody likes waiting for the bus, but watching these colorful fish swimming around can make the wait more entertaining. Built under The AqurioMania project, this bust stop design is located in Brazil.
You might have come across a shoe in an aquarium but you probably haven’t seen an aquarium in a shoe. That’s exactly what the creative W+K Tokyo Lab put together for one of their campaigns.
Falling asleep under this unusual 2460 liter (650 gallon) fish tank design must be very pleasant and comforting.
This unique fish tank labyrinth would be a highlight to any home. The fish have a lot of space and can freely swim through the individual sections of the tank. Cleaning this thing however must be a nightmare.
What looks like weird pipelines is actually a water-filled tunnel connecting two regular fish tanks. This unusual decoration was one of the main attraction at the Liquid Potion Lounge, a coffee bar in Illinois.
Those who want their fish tank to be vivid and colorful should go for a marine aquarium with saltwater fish and live coral reefs.
Want an aquarium at work? You can have this fish tank installed directly into your office desk.
We already mentioned the world´s smallest aquarium so it is fair to tell you about the largest one as well. Housing more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species in 38 million liters (10 million gallons) of water, the world´ largest aquarium is The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. The aquarium is home to such large marine creatures as whale sharks, beluga whales, manta rays and even Bottlenose dolphins.
If you liked the fish tank bathroom sink, you will love the fish tank toilet. These Chinese toilets were supposed to cut water use. But don’t worry, it's absolutely safe for the fish. The toilet has three separate tanks – one for water flowing in, one for water flowing out, and one for the fish, ensuring that they always have enough water to swim in, and are never sucked into the bowl.
Considering the kind of programs on TV these days, this might a more entertaining option.
If your fish tank is large and deep enough, you can keep fish together with some other water creatures. Pet crustaceans such as crabs, lobsters, shrimps or cray-fish are among the most common. They usually serve as the “aquarium doctors”, eliminating the ill and dead fish.
Most phone booths are out of date, so why not turn them into very cool and original urban aquariums? In 2009, this unique project was launched in several countries such as France and Belgium.
Though an interesting idea for an "aquarium", this design doesn't seem to take into consideration the safety and well being of the fish (I mean, it has wires right in the middle of an already confined space!).
Still, as far as visual appeal goes, this is definitely unique.