We’ve featured a couple aquariums from time to time on the blog. Some were awesome, some were weird (even by my standards). And actually, the table aquariums inspired me to design my own that would be the future centerpiece of my living room, but that was during happier, more employed times. I might still revisit it later, but this is just beautiful and a really great design.
Now as I see it, there are a couple problems with this. There is no cover for the aquarium so you basically have to keep any cats far, far away from this. That might not be such a problem since the water flows over the edges of the tank and then gets recycled and theoretically cleaned I guess and put back in the tank. But again, since there’s no cover, I would be really worried about other stuff getting in there. Like dust or bugs or um…anything I regularly throw around my apartment. I guess in the end it wouldn’t really matter since most things would overflow with the water and get filtered out, but what if you have a fish that likes to jump? Nothing good happens, that’s for sure.
The really scary thing is that the website doesn’t tell you how expensive these things are, which leads me to believe I will never, ever be able to afford one. On completed kits, it just says to “Call for quote” which is never a good thing for a thrifty consumer. However, if you buy just a tank with a base (bring your own pump I guess) it ranges from $600 to $950 to infinity (which is, as far as I’m concerned, what “Call for quote” means).
I found this on Make, and they seem to think that it would be easy to DIY, but I can’t help but think you would be way better off at least buying the tank from ZeroEdge. I mean, you could certainly buy an off the shelf tank and make a pump overflow it but anything you did yourself wouldn’t be nearly as elegant a solution as the real deal. If someone proves me wrong, I will buy it off you for whatever you want to charge me.
As long as it’s less than what ZeroEdge charges…for just a tank.