Monday Madness: Swimming with the Fishes


The Chinese company Runto Sanitary Ware made headlines in the market of building materials a few years ago during a tradeshow in Shanghai  when journalists beheld a curious product the firm was promoting – a toilet (yes, that’s right) with an aquarium in the tank. And with live fish swimming around within it. The Chinese firm may have come up with the perfect solution for pet-loving families who don’t have the space to keep pets.

Runto Fish Toilet

The cistern doubles as a goldfish bowl and reportedly is completely safe, both for humans and the fish. The toilet has three separate tanks – one for water flowing in, one for water flowing out, and a third for fish and underwater plants – ensuring that the fish always have enough water to swim in, and are never sucked into the bowl. The firm behind the toilets say they are ideal for Chinese families seeking company for their only children, but without the living space for a stand-alone fish tank or larger pet.

These toilets are also environmentally friendly, the Runto Sanitary Ware claims. The featured flushing tank has been reduced to make space for the fish tank, and thereby the toilet uses far less water than similar models. The LED device that lights the fish tank can also be used in place of traditional bathroom lighting, also helping to cut down on the cost of electricity bills.

AquaOne Technologies

Amazon presently has this item listed on their website as Currently Unavailable with no availability date listed.

But (no pun intended), if you are looking for a substitute of this product, check out the California firm Aqua One Technologies. Its “aquarian” toilet bowl is called Fish ‘ n Flush and sold for $300. (You can find it through some websites for a reduced cost.)

Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Out of Order”.

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