Mechanical Aquarium | Assemble & Watch the fish swim!
The Mechanical Aquarium is an ingenious saltwater fishbowl, with two pet tropical fish chasing each other around a forest of macro algae fronds, inside of which hides another small inhabitant of the marine environment—a seahorse!
The beauty, variety and intrigue of saltwater fish-keeping makes it one of the world's most popular hobbies. Perhaps you are a snorkeling or diving enthusiast, and would like to be reminded of underwater adventures when you've dived a colorful reef or explored a kelp forest.
Not only is this DIY aquarium model kit, with its original theme and design, a fine addition to our catalogue, but it also features a unique mechanical action. The fish and algae rotate simultaneously and in parallel, at different speeds and in different directions, simulating the smooth, undulating rhythms of underwater plant and animal life.
The elegant fish look like they are really swimming as they move their heads and tails side-to-side. The Mechanical Aquarium model is unique in that while many of our models are propelled by rubber band motors, the Aquarium is driven by a spring, for longer action and greater longevity.
To set the model in motion, wind the knob under the aquarium with about 25 half-turns, flip the switch from "STOP" to "SWIM" mode, then watch as your Mechanical Aquarium comes to life! The mechanism contains an internal pendulum to regulate and smooth the movement.
We have designed this model to be the very definition of operational simplicity for users: one switch, two modes: on and off. You can stop the model at any time, or just let it go and enjoy the movements of the automaton fish and fronds for about 40 seconds.
What can you expect?
Made from wood materials and without the need for tools, glues and chemicals. Open the box and get on building! A great way to get the family together and get your young ones off the couch!
The Mechanical Aquarium has 325 pieces, is rated "Medium" level, and has an estimated assembly time of 6 hours. As you build the wooden aquarium, you will learn about the action and interplay of drive gears and driven gears in gear sets, the function of pendulums, and about spring-action mechanisms.
You will experience the satisfaction of building something beautiful with your own hands, without need of glue or special tools.
Everything you need for this fun DIY project comes right in the box: high quality plywood boards with precision laser-cut pieces that you snap out then snap together, the metal spring that powers the mechanism, and of course a set of detailed, illustrated instructions in 11 languages.
Model size: 9.3*9.3*7.9 in (23.5*23.5*20 cm)
Package size: 14.9*6.7*1.3 in (37.8*17*3.4 cm)
Number of components: 325
Estimated time for assembly: 6 hours
United States: 5-8 working Days United Kingdom: 10-15 working days Canada: 10-20 working days Australia: 10-20 working days Europe: 10-20 working days Other: 10-20 working days