Feng Shui Tips for Your Aquarium Fish

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  • 01 of 04

    Fish and Water Element in Feng Shui

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    Fish and water element both represent good fortune, prosperity, and abundance in feng shui. When you put water and fish together, you can amplify the power of these symbols.

    Some ways to bring in the feng shui symbols of fish and water element into your home include aquariums with live fish, an outdoor koi pond, or even fish in water imagery in your art. In feng shui, an aquarium with fish also cultivates smooth energy in your home. The smoothness is connected with ease, just like the water and fish flow with ease in the aquarium.

    You can place the fish tank in your Wealth (Xun) area of your home to activate more prosperity. Fish can also be strategically placed near the entry of your home to invite more wealth from the outside world into your life. If there's a waterfall element to your aquarium, have the water flow in towards the center of your home (rather than out the door).

    Read on to learn our favorite feng shui tips to use fish and water to welcome wealth into your home and life.

  • 02 of 04

    Goldfish and Carp Symbology

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    Traditionally, goldfish are used in feng shui aquariums. They are auspicious for a few reasons. First, they are connected to wealth and prosperity because of their gold color. Second, goldfish are a type of carp, and carp are very lucky in Asian cultures.

    The story goes, that in ancient China there was a magical carp with much power, strength, and endurance. This carp was able to swim upstream, against the current of the Yellow River and up a waterfall called the Dragon’s Gate. When this carp leaped over the Dragon’s Gate, it transformed into a magical dragon. Hence, the carp (and goldfish) are reminders that we too can overcome great obstacles and find success. We each have these strengths and opportunities within us. We also all have the potential for transformation.

  • 03 of 04

    Feng Shui Fish Aquarium Basics

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    If you decide to invite this energy into your home with an aquarium, it’s of the utmost importance to make sure it’s kept clean and the fish inside is kept healthy. It’s also critical to select the right size for your space, and for the number of fish that you have.

    Do some thorough research on how to maintain the aquarium environment for the living beings inside of it. A dirty, sick, and neglected aquarium will invite in the opposite of wealth and abundance.

    How Many Fish? 

    In feng shui, nine is the most auspicious and complete number. So if you can, try nine or multiples of nine. If you don’t have enough space you can also use five (for the five elements) or just one. Odd numbers are more yang, and invite in more life energy. Don’t get more fish or a bigger tank that you can't handle or don't have space for.

    What Kind of Fish?

    Goldfish are a good go-to, but in general, you can use any fish that you love. Just make sure you do the research for what is appropriate for the care you can offer. If possible, stick to one type of fish. It should go without saying, but make sure that you create the healthiest environment for your fish! Healthy fish and a clean aquarium invite healthy energy.

    What to Do If a Fish Dies?

    If any of your aquarium fish die, please offer gratitude for its energetic support as a feng shui adjustment and dispose of it with some ritual. Then be sure to take care to replace it as soon as you can.

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    Use the Five Elements

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    You can also look to the five elements to select the shape and color theme of your aquarium environment.

    Aquarium Shape:

    • Round spherical bowls are metal element. Metal is connected to precision and joy.
    • Rectangular tanks are wood element. Wood promotes healing and growth.
    • Square aquariums are earth element. Earth element stabilizes and grounds.

    Color Themes: 

    • Earth is earthy colors like brown, neutrals, and yellow. Earth element can invite stability and self-care.
    • Metal is white, metallics, and grays. Metal element is supportive for joy, efficiency, and endings.
    • Water is black and very dark blue. Water element is connected to wisdom and your path in life.
    • Wood is green, teal, and blue. Wood element promotes growth, kindness, and flexibility.
    • Fire is red. Fire element inspires passion, visibility, and an open heart.