Top Five Constraints: Upside Down Fish Tank

My project is the upside down fish tank. I need to incorporate moving parts to the project, so I have decided to create a drawer like base for the fish tank. I would like to create my fish tank out of thick acrylic sheet. This should be thick enough to hold everything together. The base will be made out of wood with a small drawer.


  1. The acrylic used for the fish tank has to be thick enough to hold the pressure of the water, but thin enough to still look aesthetically pleasing.
  2. The shape of the fish tank must both be sleek and provide the upside down aesthetic.
  3. The drawer will be furnished nicely to match the sleek fish tank.
  4. I would like the drawer to function without handles (for aesthetic purposes), perhaps the use of a magnetic catch system.
  5. Both the fish tank and the drawer must fit together nicely in some way or another.
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  • Alexis Nibbelink
    March 12, 2019 2:08 pm

    The idea of this fish tank is really cool. I’ve never heard of something like this before so I had to Google it. It sounds like tough project and I’m excited to see the final product.

  • Alexander Thompson
    March 12, 2017 10:38 pm

    This is a very cool idea! I like your idea of adding a drawer as a dynamic piece. As you stated in your constraints, the drawer will be furnished to “Match the sleek fish tank.” What do you mean by that? Are you referring to the furnishing in terms of coloring, physical texture and other design aspects to match the water itself? I also like your idea of having the drawer function without handles for aesthetic purposes. Using a magnetic catch system would be interesting and should work great. One other suggestion, if it fits in your budget, would be to use some sort of shatter-proof glass to decrease the chances of the acrylic getting permanently scratched and foggy-looking. Overall, this seems like a great project!


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