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The walls of a house would be two panes of thick glass, with water and fish in between. One could place coral or rocks in the tanks that comprise the outer walls, for privacy. Added plus... lets in light from outside... no need for windows!
Marine Life Double Glazing
Halfbaked already - and baked by Mr G. Normal [hippo, Jun 14 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||This idea would tank in the UK although it could work somewhere wth a fairly invariant climate.
||It would work (and is baked)
for interior walls, however.
I'd like a bathtub the sides
and bottom of which would be an
aquarium - perhaps running up
the length of the wall.
||I've seen this for interior walls, but I was thinking outside too. Oh, and I didn't think of winter.. I live in nice subtropical Tampa... Hmm. [hippo]'s link is quite similar. Someone can [mfd] this if wanted.
||I live in Tampa too...Problem is that the water would heat up so quickly that you'd have walls full of fish soup...would have to either cool the water or circulate it really quickly to keep it from heating up...
||I once ran an optics experiment where I shone a 1kW light through lots of very expensive and delicate optical equipment. To avoid frying the kit I used a large tank of water between the light source and everything else which filtered out most of the IR. When the water started to boil I knew it was time to go and do something else for a bit...
||Would be very cool to see but the
outside glass pane would be covered
with Algae within 2 days so it would
defeat the purpose of seeing from
outside, You might also have a huge
problem with temp. changes in the
water fish don't like that too much.
Maybe if it was installed on the shady
side of the house. Another problem
would be oxygen for the fish the
surface area of the open part of the
tank would be too small for the depth. I
voted for it because i wish it could be
feasable to do, but it's not:(