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It exists! A goldfish aquarium that cleans itself

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The NoClean Aquarium is designed with a built-in self-cleaning mechanism that makes maintenance a hassle-free process.

Goldfish are just about the ideal pet for even the laziest of lazy pet owners. You wouldn't ever need to take them out for a walk and feeding them once every few days is enough to ensure that everything goes swimmingly. Now for the really hands-off types, there's the NoClean Desktop Aquarium.

As the name implies, it's a fish tank you'd never have to manually scrub down or vacuum thanks to a built-in self-cleaning mechanism that makes maintenance a hassle-free process. The inventors, Craig Wenger & David Turover, have designed the aquarium with a special reservoir that catches the waste that accumulates at the bottom and combined it with a plumbing system that enables the gunk to get flushed out through a spout running out the side of the aquarium. All anyone has to do is simply pour in a glass of clean water and in about a minute you're done.

Even watching how the self-cleaning system in action can be kind of fun. As the waste gets flushed through the spout and into a separate cup, the process stops automatically when water reaches a certain level. And as a bonus, the byproduct can also be used as fertilizer for plants.

The goldfish that comes with the aquarium are Betta fish, better known as Chinese fighting goldfish. As a rule of thumb, you'd never want to have two og them in the same acquirium because then all hell breaks loose. And obviously the last thing a laid-back and carefree pet owner needs is drama.

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Tuan Nguyen

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Contributing Editor Tuan C. Nguyen is a freelance science journalist based in New York City. He has written for the U.S. News and World Report, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News, AOL, Yahoo! News and LiveScience. Formerly, he was reporter and producer for the technology section of ABCNews.com. He holds degrees from the University of California Los Angeles and the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure