Creators of new commode say it uses less water and can save electricity.

By People Staff
Updated November 28, 2008 04:45 PM

Runto Sanitary Ware, a Chinese manufacterer, has designed a commode with a built-in fish tank – and no fish are injured when you flush! It’s completely safe for fish and environmentally friendly because it uses less water than other toilets, the company says. The toilets are on display at a building materials market in Shanghai.

The firm tells the Telegraph that the latrines are ideal for Chinese families seeking company for their only children, but without the room for a stand-alone fish tank or bigger pet. They also say that the device that makes the fish tank glow can be a substitute for a bathroom light, which reduces electricity costs.

This toilet-aquarium isn’t the only one of its kind on the market. Aqua One Technologies introduced the Fish ‘n Flush in 2006 and it sells for around $400. It promises to “maximize space, entertainment, excitement” in the bathroom.