Water wonderland at home

Mr Emilio Jr Butragueno (above) has a fish tank that doubles as a coffee table and it houses small fish (above left) for easy maintenance. Housewife Melissa Lim's square saltwater aquarium (left) has more than 60 types of coral and 20 species of fish
Mr Emilio Jr Butragueno (above) has a fish tank that doubles as a coffee table and it houses small fish for easy maintenance.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG, JOYCE FANG
Mr Emilio Jr Butragueno (above) has a fish tank that doubles as a coffee table and it houses small fish (above left) for easy maintenance. Housewife Melissa Lim's square saltwater aquarium (left) has more than 60 types of coral and 20 species of fish
Mr Emilio Jr Butragueno has a fish tank that doubles as a coffee table and it houses small fish (above) for easy maintenance.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG, JOYCE FANG
Mr Emilio Jr Butragueno (above) has a fish tank that doubles as a coffee table and it houses small fish (above left) for easy maintenance. Housewife Melissa Lim's square saltwater aquarium (left) has more than 60 types of coral and 20 species of fish
Mr Michael Wang (above with his daughter Myra) and his $15,000 paludarium, which is a cross between an aquarium and a terrarium that resembles a rainforest more than a fish tank.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG, JOYCE FANG
Mr Emilio Jr Butragueno (above) has a fish tank that doubles as a coffee table and it houses small fish (above left) for easy maintenance. Housewife Melissa Lim's square saltwater aquarium (left) has more than 60 types of coral and 20 species of fish
Housewife Melissa Lim's square saltwater aquarium (above) has more than 60 types of coral and 20 species of fish.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG, JOYCE FANG
Mr Emilio Jr Butragueno (above) has a fish tank that doubles as a coffee table and it houses small fish (above left) for easy maintenance. Housewife Melissa Lim's square saltwater aquarium (left) has more than 60 types of coral and 20 species of fish
Housewife Melissa Lim's square saltwater aquarium has more than 60 types of coral and 20 species of fish (above).ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG, JOYCE FANG

As apartment sizes in Singapore get smaller, home owners get creative in fitting aquariums into their living spaces

A koi "pond" built on the stepped entrance of a unit in a Housing Board flat in Tampines has raised some eyebrows with its unusual placement.

Nine koi fish, along with two sucker fish, live in the blue tank with glass walls sealed to the concrete on the ground-floor unit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2018, with the headline 'Aqua wonder'. Print Edition | Subscribe