Here is a funny product, the purpose of which I don’t really understand (other than to flush $299 down the toilet): The Fish n’ Flush Aquarium. Marketed by fishnflush.com, this doodad of a toilet has the water tank in the form of an aquarium. Here is an image of the product.
The marketing guys at this company must have had a hard time trying to sell these toilets to people. Here is how they try to promote it on their website:
I don’t understand how having a fish tank wrapped around your toilet tank is going to “maximize space”. May be it means that you can now move your fish tank from the living room to the toilet and save some space in the living room. Those who are interested in observing your pretty fishes will have to compulsorily visit the restroom and try to peer from across the pot….ewww. Also, the “entertainment” and “excitement” …of all the places in the house, why would you want the toilet to be entertaining and exciting? I agree with the “conversation piece” stuff…it will surely make you famous as the village-idiot who has too much money to spend on toilets.
I also have some technical conceptual issues with the design. Below this paragraph is a schematic of a busy person in the restroom. Now with the current design, the damn aquarium goes behind the person’s back….OK..so even if it’s entertaining, it’s not going to provide the entertainment when most needed (unless they also come up with an innovative style of sitting) and obviously lacks ergonomic considerations :). There are cases in which a person may be looking towards the aquarium (opposite to the line of sight shown in the image)…but then he would be standing and the tank would need to be at about 5 feet height.
Also, when the toilet is in use, the lid goes up (duh!) and partially covers the aquarium. So what’s the message here? look at the aquarium when the toilet is not in use? So you expect people to go to the restroom, sit on the seat with the lid down and turn their faces towards the aquarium for the “entertainment” and “excitement”?…yeah sounds like fun.
The product is mentioned in a small article on this website. An excerpt from the article says this:
The first time people see it, they fear the fish are going down the drain along with everything else. While it was designed as a fish tank, Reel says you can put other things in here, too. “If you don’t want fish, if you want to make it for scorpions, snakes, lizards…”
Dude…this is going too far. Scorpions, snakes, and lizards behind your back when you are in action !? That’s a sure ticket to some long term constipation for anyone who visits your restroom…may be that’s the “excitement” they talk about in their promotion
All this “excitement” doesn’t come cheap at $299. Below is a screen shot of the price listing for the product which also mentions about some fancy “LED light system” for an additional $25. I am not sure exactly what they want to accentuate with the LED lights:
So go ahead, buy the toilet if you like…or might as well just do something like this:
[Image sources: www.fishnflush.com, www.birdsinthebelfry.com, www.carsonmania.com]