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Wall Fish Bowl

Wall Fish Bowl

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The Bottom Line

The photos of the colorful fish in a 'bowl' on the wall are enticing --so enticing that my sister bought me one for my birthday, even though she knows I don’t recommend them. I didn't have the heart to tell her to take the gift back, so I decided to give it a whirl.

After testing driving one, my opinion is still the same. This bowl is not an ideal home for live fish. It lacks a means to heat it, light it, and filter the water. It has no lid to prevent the fish from jumping out. With frequent water changes and proper location, it can be used to house one small fish, but I don't recommend it.
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Pros

  • Space saving, easy to mount
  • Can be placed out children's reach
  • Attractive wall display

Cons

  • No filter, not easy to maintain water quality
  • Cannot be heated
  • No lid, fish can jump out
  • Suitable only for small fish

Description

  • Unbreakable lightweight acrylic.
  • Approximately one foot across and five inches deep.
  • Mounts flat against wall with fasteners included.
  • Can be filled with water for fish, or potting soil for plants.

Guide Review - Wall Fish Bowl

Size and Construction
The product itself is well constructed of clear, sturdy acrylic. It mounts flat against the wall quite easily, using the fasteners included. The outside surfaces clean easily, and the overall look is quite attractive.

At only a foot across, the small size precludes using a filter. In the absence of filtration, water changes every few days are necessary to maintain high water quality. Fewer water changes may not kill the fish in the short term, but the fish is not likely to have a normal lifespan.

The top of the bowl is open, which makes it unsuitable for fish that are prone to jumping. Feeding the fish and adding water is quite easy, but cleaning the bowl is a bit more challenging due to the small opening.

Mounting the Bowl
It's so small that you should be able to put it anywhere, right? Not really. A draft can quickly change the temperature of a small bowl of water. To maintain stable water temperature, it can't be mounted near a door, window, heating or cooling vent.

Also it should not be placed where it will receive direct light, as it will quickly heat the water and invites unwanted algae growth.

Lastly, because there is no filtration the bowl must be mounted with easy access to change the water. However, don't place it too low on the wall, as the open top is inviting to pets or small children’s hands.

Recommendation
With proper location, good care and maintenance, it is possible to keep one small fish in this bowl. However, I don't advise it. The wall fish bowl is better suited for displaying a live plant, or an artistic display of colored sand, pebbles, or marbles.
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These are terrible!, Member monkoman3

Please, please, please dont buy one of these wall bubbles! I myself used to own one of these and it was terrible! First of all it was so cruel to the fish because it could barely move. Then it was very hard to take it off of the wall to change the water. Third it was so small that the wastes from your fish build up so quickly that you have to do water changes about once or twice a week. I went on vacation for a week in the summer, i had put a week long food tablet in for it, by the time i came back the water was impossible to see through and when i changed it i found out that my fish had died from lack of clean water. I had only had the bubble for about 2 or 3 weeks. So please dont torture the fish or yourself!

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