dealsusb fishquarium for $39.99

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What happens if your computer crashes? Does the fish die?

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Fish can live just fine in a static bowl of water for days so... no?

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@richellelander: If your computer crashes, nothing happens to the fish....the fish will just stare at you like the dummy you are for running Windows.

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Cute, but looks far too small for more or less any fish. Maybe some sort of carefully designed nano reef, but that would probably be tough to set up in this thing.

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This is a great item, but it's not on sale!

It's always $39.99!

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Does anyone know if the tank is plastic or glass?

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If you care about the fish and your computer, this is a horrible item. It holds less than ½ gallon of water which is too small for anything except for maybe 1 small aquatic frog or a Betta and having a tank of water anywhere near your computer is always a bad idea. There's no heater so you have to keep in in a spot that never gets below 70F and for the filter to work properly, it has to be running 24/7 so you can't turn your computer off.

It may sound like a cool idea but it's not practical at all.

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@kjchilds: you could use a powered USB hub

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@birdie85:
This is a deal site. Not everything here is required to be "on sale". If theres a cool item that the poster feels is at a great price, then it is posted. Apparently, for what this is, the poster felt it was a great price.

@kjchilds:
I dont know about your computer (or other peoples') but when I close my laptop it goes into "sleep" mode but still supplies power to USB connected items. It sits on a cooling pad, and if I don't unplug it, it will keep running even if my laptop is sleeping (basically off). But yeah, I do agree with you that this item doesn't really make any practical sense. Just saying, it could work

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When I first saw one of these, I thought it was a cool idea. Then fridge logic set in, and I realized that it's an incredibly cruel thing to do to a fish. The only reason USB aquariums exist is because companies were trying to come up with weird and cool things they could power from a 100-mA USB port, which is why these are always so tiny. Unless you've got some fish vendetta, get a real aquarium!

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@majorwest: I'm not sure how to take this dummy running windows comment. I'll assume you are running some flavor of Linux or Mac. You could be a Unbuntu n00b who thinks they know Linux and in that case you'll spend hours on the web posting in forums about how to feed your fish instead of finding the answer yourself in a previous post. You could be running RedHat and trying to run Sudo commands to control your fish. Finally you could be running a Mac in which case you have to see if Steve Jobs gives your permission to buy a fish and to tell you that it is cool.

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Yeah, when I first saw this I was almost tempted to post it, but even in the description they don't mention how much water this holds. It's because, like mentioned above, its LESS THAN HALF A GALLON. There is no fish, not even a betta, that can thrive in that much water and live more than a few days. This is just another overpriced useless gadget. However, if you were to mod it to hold brine shrimp or something of that nature... might be a good idea. They would have sold these better if they had marketed them that way no doubt.

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Er, and never mind that it apparently has a cell phone holder right next to an open container of water? That won't end badly...

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Perfect for sea monkeys so they can sit next to my growing army of woot monkeys!

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So someone made a tiny aquarium and realized that it was impossible to market a tank so small, so they made it USB powered as the selling gimmick? I just don't understand why this exists... if you have a USB port handy, you have an outlet handy unless you just power this aquarium from your laptop while you commute :)

Not trashing it, I just really don't understand the niche it fills.

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I bet the "fish" in this one would last a bit longer:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002M1DBQ

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Let me get this straight, the pump is USB-powered but the incredibly low-power LCD clock and calendar requires 3, count 'em, 3 batteries?

Dumb, should have put in a capacitor circuit to tide the clock over between computer disconnections.

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@papamarcos: Whoa, hang on, I some how missed that, it also takes batteries? A usb device that takes batteries? This puts it on a new, laughably ridiculous level.

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Many offices never get below 70 degrees, if you are keeping a Beta, frog, or other small fish in it. That would be fine, so long as it is not a breed that gets lonely. Also, you forget that goldfish can freeze and still be fine, the only thing that changes with temperature is their metabolism, so get a small goldfish and keep him in there. Of course, you wouldn't want to suddenly change his temperature by throwing in an ice cube, that would send him into shock, but a gradual change, like a room cooling off when no longer being heated would be fine.

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ghost shrimp look great in here and last long too

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I have a hard enough time carrying a glass of water without dripping on the floor. How am I going to integrate a fish tank/pen holder and a laptop without spilling my fish or losing my pens. At least I will be able to find my car keys in the dark of night.

This is why we have Christmas, so we can buy cool (but useless) items and give them to somebody else. This one gets my idiot brother-in-laws name on it so I will look clever to the family during the gift exchange, but will be able to laugh my but off a week later when the Mackerel he puts into it jumps out and fries his mother board.

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@shane125: I hate to admit it but I had a pretty good laugh imagining that.

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the fish aren't usb powered? Pass.

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@chilids: Oh the wit stings. So, you're not sure how to take the dummy running windows comment? It's very simple - I was not addressing you. So, how do I qualify my earlier comment? That's easy. In your haste to put egg on my face, you missed the most obvious - I am a windows user.

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ohh mai gaz!

Can you boot off your fish-tank? =]

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Oh wow, mini tank of water next to your computer....swee....ZAP!

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I know i would definetly put my iphone right next to the open fish tank

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I think it is so funny how people get so worked up on what is obviously just a cute novelty item to make your work place a little better
-> My work place is always room temperature, no heater required
-> I find the USB a handy way to power something on the desktop. Avoids having to run a cord down a cubicle wall to an already overcrowded power strip
-> The USB ports on my docking station are always on even when I take the laptop home, I think most are built that way now
-> I already work with coffee and water near my computer, I think I can handle not spilling this
-> FISH ARE NOT PEOPLE they are not sad or happy or have human emotions at all. They just need to be healthy. I know there are many fish that can live a long healthy life and even seem “happy” in a half gallon of water, like a beta
-> Personally I wish it didn’t need batteries but oh well it is not that big of a deal, I am still going to order one!

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i wouldn't put anything in that bowl other than a beta or a goldfish, they can survive in sewage, which is what this tank will turn into if you leave it in your office over a long holiday weekend...