We love finding quirky, cool things that are worthy of being featured in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, and the Aquafarm certainly fits the bill. You get a pet and some healthy food, all at the same time. You don't even have to clean up after it! Thanks to
magic aquaponics, the plants use the fish waste as food, keeping the water clean. Impressive, right?
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Tiny fish tanks can be boring, but the Aquafarm serves as both a home for your fish and an herb garden that provides you with delicious, fresh plants. Even better, all you need to do is remember to feed the fish to make everything happen. You see, through aquaponics, the plants use the nutrients from the fish poop to nourish themselves and keep on growing strong. In turn, the plants keep the water clean, so you don't have to. You get five planters, and seeds to grow wheat grass, lettuce mix, and basil from Seeds of Change. All this for $59.99 from ThinkGeek.
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This has to be the best commercial for a product since dropping a Timex in water and watching it keep on ticking. Andrew Cheatle lost his Nokia phone while at sea and he assumed it was gone forever. While shopping for a new one about a week later, his girlfriend claimed his number was calling hers. It turns out that fisherman Glen Kerley had caught a 25 lb., 4 ft. long cod, found the phone inside and, amazingly, it still worked after it dried out. Glen said that, “Cod are greedy fish — they’ll eat anything. They have big heads and big mouths.”
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The SpyOrb Edition is about as state of the art as you can get for an aquarium. Available in silver, white or black, it holds 8 gallons and comes with internal filter with multistage filtration, food, water treatment, air pump, halogen light and transformer. At a size of 40 x 42 cm, it has a MSRP of £137.01 (~$197.00.) A optional timer is available to remind you to feed your fishy friends with a flashing light ($37.00,) but it is the special LED unit that caught our attention. For $82.00, the lighting goes through a natural day cycle, keeping them in a perfect state of Zen.
Segatoys’ new Private Ocean features their popular Healing Motion therapy as well as three other modes. The gadget plays soothing music while more than 100 underwater creatures swim around. It also displays the time fish style and you can hook up your MP3 player, adjust the light that varies between 4 different colors, and boogie to such tunes as “Under the Sea,” ala the Little Mermaid and Sebastian the crab. At a size of 190 x 118 × 91mm, run the Private Ocean by its AC adapter and hook up earphones for some private time through its 3.5mm stereo mini-jack. So far only available in Japan, the MSRP is $199.99.
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If you are at the point that you need a USB 4-port hub, you might as will get one that does something. This LED Crystal Ball features a fish and changes colors in shades of red, purple, blue, and green just to
calm you down. At a size of 58 x 49 x 38mm and a weight of a mere 100 grams, the port is compatible with Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP and has a price of $12.00. Artificial fish food is not included.
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Takara Tomy will soon be back on the market with the Ani-Light. This animated aquarium features fish, dolphin, and other ocean inhabitants swimming around. You can access their movements by watching the projection on your ceiling. We understand that they form the time before returning to their depths. Once the hatch is closed, you can get a fishy view on the face of the globe. So far there is no release date or price for the prototype Ani-Light, but we will keep on the alert for the illuminating gadget.
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