I’m a huge nerd. I can never quite decide which I love more: aquariums, or the world of elves, magic spells, and laser-shooting space ships from old movies. So, as you might expect, I adore aquariums that show off a person’s inner geekiness. After all, there’s no law saying that your aquarium has to have rocks, plants, fish, and nothing else. Your aquarium can be as strange and unique as you are. To give you a bit of a push and help you channel your inner nerd for your next great fish tank project, here’s a list of some of the nerdiest aquariums on earth.
4. R2-D2 Aquarium
It seems that R2-D2 has hobby when he’s not helping the forces of good blow up the planet-destroying Death Star. After years of debate between Star Wars fans, we finally have an answer to what R2-D2 stores in that giant trash bin-like body of his: goldfish! But don’t just think that this aquarium is a big plastic shell with a transparent bucket in the middle of it. R2-D2 had a bunch of neat gadgets in the movies, and the same goes for this aquarium.
You can program the tank to respond to a specific voice commands. Speak your magic phrase and R2’s head will spin around while emitting the characteristic beeping you know so well from the movies. The eye-like lens on the front of R2’s head acts a periscope that gives you a chance to get an up-close-and-personal glimpse into the lives of your fish.
But don’t be f0oled by the picture. The tank holds a little less than 2 gallons, so it’s far from life size.
3. X-Box 360 Aquarium
The X-Box 360 is infamous among the gaming community for getting a red ring of death. If that happens, then you’ve got yourself a doorstop worth several hundred dollars. Or, if you’re willing to do a bit of tweaking, you’ve got the perfect aquarium case. This aquarium features blue lights and a salt water ecosystem to show off the bright and vibrant colors of the inhabitants. The lights also illuminate the exterior X-Box buttons, which I think is a nice touch.
2. Spongebob Squarepants Aquarium
It seems so obvious, doesn’t it? A Spongebob aquarium will allow fans of the show to bring Bikini Bottom into their homes. The best thing about is that you can replicate every character from the show. All you need is a sponge, a starfish, a squid, and a crab. Getting a scuba suit customized to fit a squirrel might be a little bit tricky, however.
1. Mario Aquarium
I’m jealous. It’s like somebody took my childhood, covered it in water, and then filled it with bubbles. This aquarium has everything you could ever want from the original Mario’s world 1-1. It’s got the first three surprise boxes, that initial goomba fodder, and the castle at the end.
If you look closely, you should notice that each of the structures were built out of Legos. That’s a clever low-budget solution to creating a fish-friendly habitat. From there, it appears that the aquarist used some sort of waterproof paper for the iconic Mario bricks.