Feng Shui Aquarium [Master Class 15]

Feng Shui Aquarium

This is the 15th lesson of the Feng Shui Master Class, after the last 14 weeks you have learnt a great deal of Feng Shui theories, this week we shift our focus from theories to application.  We’ll see how to design a Feng Shui aquarium for your house or workplace.

Feng Shui aquarium is a hot topic in the Feng Shui field.  An aquarium can serve decorative as well as Feng Shui purposes.  Besides, it is the simplest way of “raising pets”.  Compared with have a dog or cat, it is less troublesome to keep an aquarium.  This is why many Feng Shui masters recommend their clients to use Feng Shui aquarium, and may Feng Shui DIYers want to design their own.

After finishing this lesson, you will know almost everything you need to design a Feng Shui aquarium.  It requires knowledge of Flying Star Feng Shui, Five Elements Theory, Form Feng Shui and most important of all, common sense.  I will help you to pull these things together to form the best Feng Shui strategy using the tank, water and fishes!

Feng Shui Aquarium

Feng Shui Aquarium Locations

Where should I put the aquarium?  This is always the first question people ask about placing an aquarium at home.  There are does and don’ts for the choice of location.

Water means wealth (水為財) is a very common saying in Chinese Feng Shui theory.  If we could properly use the aquarium, which contains lots of flowing water, it is very likely it could bring wealth.  The advantage of flowing water is that it’s “live” and moving, it means non-stop flow of money.



Southwest is a universal direction to place the aquarium until 2023.  Why?  In the first lesson I have told you that from 2004 to 2023 it is favorable to have water in the Southwest direction.  During this period it is the eighth Yun (運) a.k.a. the eighth period, so it’s good to have an aquarium in this direction inside your house to create artificial source of water.



In 2013 Northeast is a good direction for Feng Shui aquarium.  It is where the Flying Star 8 locates in this year.  This Flying Star carries the meaning of wealth and money, the best way to trigger its good effects is to use water.

How about the coming years?  Just follow my instructions in the last lesson to find out the Flying Star 8 location in the coming year.  Alternatively, follow my blog to know once I published the next year’s FREE Feng Shui guide!  (Blog post RSS feeds, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter)


Beside the Entrance Door

If the above two directions are not available in your house or workplace, you can choose to place the aquarium beside the entrance door.  According to Feng Shui theories this is where the Cheng Mun Location is.  This location could be used to boost wealth.



Bedroom is where we should not place the aquarium.  The flowing water is dynamic but we need a static environment for the place where we sleep.  So you should not place a Feng Shui aquarium in the bedroom.


Kitchen is another place you should not place the aquarium in.  Kitchen is a “fire” place according to the Five Elements Theory.  On the other hand, aquarium has “water” characteristic.  In Lesson 13 we mentioned the conflict between water and fire.  You should not co-locate these two elements.


Water Flow

There is a general rule that if the water flow of your aquarium is in one direction, it should never be flowing out of your home.  The reason is that water flowing out looks like losing money.  On the other hand, it is preferred to have water flowing into the house.

For speed, the water flow should be gentle, not too fast nor too slow.  Remember not to use a static tank.  The water inside a Feng Shui aquarium must always be live.  Similarly, do not use fake plastic fishes.  We need real fish to make it work.


Height and Size of Aquarium

The height and size of aquarium also matter.  For height, you should always place the aquarium at the waist level.  It is good if you consider it using common sense – it’s easy for you to maintain the aquarium.  And you can see the fishes swimming easily.

You should not put the aquarium too high or too low.  Not only would it be too difficult to clean it or see it, a high aquarium means “water following from height” (淋頭水) in Feng Shui, which is not good for health.  For a low aquarium that is placed near the level of your feet, it constitutes “water flooding your feet” (割腳水), which is not good for health as well.

For size, there is no definite lucky size in square inch, the only principle is to in proportion to the house or the living room it is located.  If the living room is big, you should not place a tiny Feng Shui aquarium.  Similarly, a small house cannot have a big aquarium inside.  Just use your common sense to judge.


Feng Shui Aquarium Shape, Color and Quantity

After deciding on the location of aquarium, we need to choose the right tank and the correct color and quantity of fishes.  We use Flying Star Feng Shui and Five-element Theory to find out all the answers.

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Shape of Aquarium

Circular aquarium is your best choice.  Circle has “metal” characteristic and “metal” produces “water” according to Five-element theory, so using a circular aquarium could generate more of the “water” element we need to enhance wealth.

Round Feng Shui Aquarium

Wave-shaped (i.e. tidal) aquarium is also good because the shape itself is “water”.  It enriches the “water” element to produce good effects.

The third choice is long rectangular shaped aquarium.  Since it belongs to “wood” and “water” produces “wood”, we consider this shape compatible with “water”.

Rectangular Feng Shui Aquarium

There are two shapes you should not use for aquarium.  The first one is square.  It has “earth” characteristic, and “earth” counteracts “water”.  So even if you put the aquarium in a proper direction, the “earth” element reduces the effects of the “water”.

The second bad choice is triangular aquarium.  This shape means “fire”, as mentioned about “fire” conflicts with “water”.  So you should never consider using a triangular aquarium.


Color of Fishes

The color of fishes is also governed by the Five-element theory.  The preferred color is golden, silver or white.  Why?  Because they are “metal” colors, and “metal” nurtures “water” according to Five-element theory.  We want as much “water” as possible, having “metal” here is like having a “water” generation machine.


The second choice is anyone among black, blue and grey.  These colors belong to “water”, which is good for a Feng Shui aquarium.

Red, orange, purple, yellow and brown colors are not recommended.  The first three are “fire” colors that could reduce the effects of “water”, and the last two are “earth” colors that directly conflicts with “water”.


Number of Fishes

The simplest principle to choose the number of fishes is in accordance with your zodiac sign:

Rat and Pig: 1 or 6

Tiger and Rabbit: 2 or 8

Snake and Horse: 2 or 7

Monkey and Rooster: 4, 5 or 9

Dragon, Dog, Ox and Sheep: 4, 5, 9 or 10

Here are the list of zodiac signs according to year of birth, again:

Rat: 1924, 1926, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032

Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033

Tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034

Rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035

Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036

Snake: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037

Horse: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038

Sheep: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039

Monkey: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040

Rooster: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041

Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042

Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043

For families with more than 1 members, the above method may create incompatibility issues.  We can simply use the luckiest colors that are favorable to wealth generation, i.e. 1, 4, 6 and 9.  You may also choose 8 fishes because it matches with the Flying Star 8, if you place the aquarium in the current year’s or your house’s Flying Star 8 direction.


Feng Shui Aquarium Troubleshooting

Some situations would trigger your awareness if you have an aquarium at home.  Firstly, the aquarium may leak out of sudden.  In Feng Shui we believe that the object serves a function, if the function is defensive and someday the object is broken, it means that this object had really helped you to defend against something and completed its mission.

In other words, if the Feng Shui aquarium leaks, it means that there may be some money-losing things that may have happened, but with the help of the aquarium the effect was much reduced.  You should replace the aquarium with a new one.

Another common issue is the death of fishes.  The same principle applies.  If one or some of the fishes passed away, it means that it or they may have helped you to counteract some mishappenings.  You should be grateful that it or they helped you.  Buy new fishes to replenish and make up the original total number of fishes will suffice.  If all fishes died at the same time, you’d better consult a Feng Shui master.

Aquarium, unlike other Feng Shui accessories, requires regular maintenance.  At the very least you need to clean the tank once a while.  You need to feed the fishes daily and remove the “moss” inside.  Depending on where you leave you’ll also need to install heaters to keep the water in the right temperature.  If you keep marine fishes, you would be more busy with the acidity and salt concentration regulation exercises.

These are all critical to the Feng Shui aquarium because we want healthy fishes living inside to make the system work.  If you cannot afford all these troubles, aquarium as a Feng Shui tool may not be suitable for you.

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