07-06-2007, 09:42 AM
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I think that is a very cool idea, Rusty. At first I thought it was a desk because I thought the TV was a monitor. I wondered where the person sitting would put their legs since there was a fish tank there.
When I realized it was a TV stand, though, I really liked the idea. Some of the stands for larger tvs are obnoxiously large, with lots of wasted space. It would be very cool, and space saving, to have a fish tank built into one. Not only that, but assuming a couch is across from the TV and TV stand, the tank would be positioned for optimal viewing, at least in so far as you'd be sitting directly across from it. I don't know whether you would want to have to look down any time you wanted to see your fish, though. Regardless, it would certainly impress guests!
Then I considered the fish, though. Assuming the speakers were built into the TV, I imagine it would produce quite a bit of vibration, especially with the bass turned up. I can't imagine it would be good for the fish, but maybe it wouldn't affect them. I don't know enough about it. Maybe somebody who knows more can comment. If it is a problem, you may be able to solve it by passing the sound from the TV's built in speakers to an external sound system, like an HTiB, or home theater in a box. I imagine people interested in and with the means for an impressive fish tank tv stand might be similarly interested in such a sound system. The speakers could probably be set up far enough away from the TV/stand so that the sound or vibrations did not affect the fish. The speaker for the central channel in a 5.1 surround sound system is typically placed above or below the TV, but you could always compromise for the sake of the fish. 2.1 surround sound configurations, which try to emulate true surround sound with two speakers and a sub woofer, position the speakers to the left and right of the TV, so you may be able to place them far enough away from the tank so that they don't affect the fish.
Anyhow, those are just a few thoughts. Good luck with the company! I'm looking forward to seeing more aquarium furniture out there than the wall mounts and coffee tables!