Sam Murden, Property Journalist
Updated 10 Apr 2023, 9:28am
First published 10 Apr 2023, 5:00am
Having a large aquarium can add value to a home.
Marine-loving homeowners are increasingly installing large aquariums in their homes to add an extra layer of luxury.
Situated in dining rooms, hallways, and bedrooms, the inclusion of a tank can transform a room into an underwater retreat.
John Schembri is the owner of Clearview Aquarium Services in Sydney and has been installing aquariums across Sydney for residential and business clients over the past decade, including in commercial and office spaces.
One aquarium installer in Sydney said the larger tanks are usually reserved for buyers with more money.
Mr Schembri said the price of installing a larger aquarium can vary, however tanks over four metres can put a hole in buyers’ wallets.
“The biggest tank I’ve installed cost up to $30,000 grand altogether to install in a home. Depending on the size of the tank you can fit around 100 to 200 fish in there.”
“During the pandemic I definitely saw an uptick in the number of buyers who were requesting an aquarium in their homes – mostly people who lived around the city with a bit of extra cash to spend.”
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During the pandemic, the installation of aquariums in homes become more popular as buyers couldn’t leave the home.
Recently, a waterfront home in Sydney’s south made waves on social media for offering buyers the opportunity to purchase a shark tank.
The two bedroom and one bathroom property at 63 Kangaroo Point Rd in Kangaroo Point has been listed via McGrath’s Kieran Bresnahan with a $5.9m price guide.
The six-metre tank contains 20,000 litres of water and houses 11 sharks, a grouper, and two moray eels.
This Kangaroo Point fish tank houses various species of sharks, including White Tip Reef sharks, Bamboo sharks, Epaulette sharks, Port Jackson sharks, and Banjo sharks.
The owner, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Daily Telegraph that he added the tank during his renovation of the property a few years ago.
“The sharks were delivered from Cairns, most of them are tropical reef sharks. I get a lot of comments about how cruel it is to keep them in a tank that size. Prior to this tank, I had no experience keeping fish before.”
McGrath’s Kieran Bresnahan said the successful buyer of the property can elect to keep the sharks when they move into the home.
The tank also lights up at night.
“I’m fascinated to see if this property appeals to buyers with the tank and its waterfront views. I had one online buyer tell me that the two bedrooms would be perfect as they would be living alone, while another potential buyer said they’d be looking to extend for their family.”
Robertson QLD
A view of the fish tank at 62 Janda St, Robertson
Selling for $3.225m in May 2017, this three-level Brisbane mansion at 62 Janda St Robertson came with an in-ground swimming pool with a spa and a soundproof cinema with built-in speakers.
It also came with a 5,000 litre tropical fish tank with a storage tank that enabled easier changes for the water.
Kewarra Beach QLD
This Kerrawa Beach property drew comparisons to a resort hotel when it was listed for sale in 2020.
Considered one of the most expensive houses listed for sale in Cairns when it was sold in May 2020, this property includes two pools on different levels for buyers to swim in.
The property featured an outside pool with two garden feature ponds, one of which was heated to enable fish to live in it.
Port Lincoln SA
The Port Lincoln tank is populated by local marine life including snapper, mulloway, and King George whiting.
The five bedroom and five bathroom property at 16-18 North Point Ave in Port Lincoln has a sizeable saltwater indoor aquarium populated by a variety of sea life.
Owners can grab a seat in the living room of the home and watch the fish swim by while enjoying a book.
Glenhaven NSW
This Glenhaven property’s indoor cinema also enjoys views of the aquarium.
Situated next to the glass wine cellar, the 3.5 metre tall saltwater aquarium at 28A Mills Rd in Glenhaven was sold alongside the property in September 2021 for $4.05m.
The aquarium can also be seen while sitting in the home theatre with a night sky and footlights.
Kellyville NSW
This Kellyville property with an aquarium sold for $2.65m in April 2021.
Described as a private resort when it sold for $2.65m in April 2021, the four bedroom and three bathroom property at 49 Bruhn Circuit in Kellyville came with a range of luxury design features.
It is notable on this list as it features two small sized aquariums, one near the living room and one near the staircase leading up to the second level.
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