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Coffee table aquariums we actually like

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 15, 2014 09:00 AM
Most of the coffee table aquariums we've seen are uninspired novelty glass boxes amounting to nothing more than fish tanks that sit on the floor. Or they're simply not functional; Hint: Neither fully-sealed nor open-top designs are good ideas. Here are a three examples that are actually attractive and workable.
Coffee table aquariums we actually like

Feet off the coffee table, please.

Add an internal or canister filter and you've got yourself a functioning aquarium not much different than any sumpless system.  If you need more lights for plants or a look down reef, you can always add some submersible lights such as the magnet-clipped LEDs Tunze introduced last year.  Note: These designs have built-in perimeter fluorescent lights.

Aquascaping for top-down viewing is an exciting prospect. Hardscapes and plant arrangements would take on a new dimension.  When it comes to reef organisms, many look their best from a top-down perspective.

Granted, these aquariums aren't ideal around small children or pets, and they aren't the most practical.  But for the crazed aquarist who wants an instant conversation piece parked between their couch and TV, these will definitely make a statement.


We have no idea how this Taiwanese-made coffee table aquarium works, but it sure looks fancy.  Designs like this demonstrate the potential for someone to design a purpose-build table aquarium with all the functionality of a conventional aquarium.



Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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