Feng Shui For Your Aquarium

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice of achieving harmony with specific placement of certain objects in your house or office. How does this pertain to you and especially your fish tank? A person according to Feng Shui has an energy source called Qi. Qi is the person's "energy" and can be affected postively or negatively by their surroundings. Luck, health and prosperity are usually the main focus for Feng Shui.

fengshuifish.jpgHaving a fish tank or aquarium can help increase positive Feng Shui in your life. It is said that it can help increase wealth and luck by having one in your house or office. The main belief is to have 8 goldfish (as gold symbolizes wealth/luck) and 1 black fish (to absorb any bad luck). Most common fish tanks practicing this belief uses goldfish. I have a goldfish tank in my office. Keeping a tank of 9 fishes in your office/home sounds simple but requires much more.


In order for a good flow, you need to keep your tank cleaned and to make sure your aquarium is healthy. Unclean tanks and sick fish can cause "bad chi" to emit from it and instead of giving you good chi, it'll do more harm than good. There's alot more feng shui belief about this so if you find it interesting, let me know what else you find out.

Now I know most of you don't have goldfish tank but you can take the same principles and apply it to your own fish tanks.

1. Keep your fish tank clean
2. Make sure your fishes are healthy and are in an environment suitable for them.
3. Appreciate what you have set up and take the time to enjoy your fish tanks.

To me personally, it's just more enjoyable watching a clean tank than a dirty tank. So after writing this, I will be cleaning my goldfish tank at the office today.

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kamal February 29, 2008 at 5:07 pm

I’ve 2 QUERIES.KINDLY EMAIL ME THE ANSWERS TO kamalbando@yahoo.com.

1.) According to Vaastu/Feng Sui are we supposed to keep 9 Gold Fish and 1 Black Fish or 8 Gold Fish and 1 Black Fish?

2.) 3 days back I bought an Aquarium and 2 Gold Fishes died yesterday itself.Water is of good quality and I gave teh same food which the pet shop provided me.Light over the tank was OFF when they died.Till the time it was ON they survived for 2 days as the LIGHT was on continously.May I please know whats the reason that they died and what are the factors which really matter these fishes and how can I keep them alive?Does the LIGHT have any impact over the fishes?
3.) How to breed the Gold Fishes? I want to increase them in number.How may I do that?

Plz reply to my emailid as well.Thnx a Ton.

admin February 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm

1. keep 9 gold and 1 black. black is suppose to absorb bad luck that would’ve gone to you. so if it passes away, that means it took the bad luck for you.

2. did you cycle your tank? if not, look up cycling your aquarium before you put any fish in. also don’t leave your lights on continously. have them on a set schedule. get a timer to make it easier.

Jenn March 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm

I am so confused about where to put my 55 gallon tank in my home!!!! Right now it is in my front room and in the NW Sector well The bagua says thats where it should be. now I reading that you should never ever put water in that sector becase it’s bad for spirit somthing or another IDK.

Does anyone know where i should put this to increase my wealth and prosperity area

siftin-com July 27, 2008 at 1:27 pm

where should we place aquarium in house. Which corner?

Also, is growing algae in aquarium brings bad luck :) atleast it makes the tank looks green

shabana August 24, 2008 at 9:36 pm

where should we place aquarium in house. Which corner

feng shui August 24, 2008 at 10:25 pm

The discussion looks nice.
I too had 2 gold fishes. But they both died within a week.
May i know does if effect anything.
Do i kno what to do to make them survive

les January 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

Is it true that fish tanks should not be place in the bed room?

I currently have a 2ft tank with puffer fishes and another 1ft tank with a purple jewel cichilid.

How does it affect the feng shui and what i can do to balance it?

Nilesh Trivedi January 6, 2009 at 8:13 am

I have a nice fish aquerium with clean water and continue air supply and givening food as per pet shop keeper instruction. I put 8 gold fish and one black fish.
Some how the black fish was die suddenly as per few minuts ago it’s live and play regularly.
What can I do when any fish die ?
What is the effect if black fish die and gold fish die ?
After it’s deth what should we do of it’s body ?
Nilesh Trivedi.

Star MK March 21, 2009 at 12:25 am

HI Nilesh,
I really like the way you care for your fishes. I am sure my suggestion is very late for you now, but dont worry it will help you in future.

Firstly treat the dead fish with respect. dont put your hand or spoons or any other objects to pick them,use the fish net , remove them and take nice clean newspaper wrap it up, put in clean plastic cover and then dispose it.

The fishes may die for various reasons : unhealty water is main reason, meaning..the water might look clean..but the ammonia will be increasing high,,,this is also by excess food given to them.so dont over feed them…that may cause their death.

Irfan May 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Hi !,

I have heard that sharks are not to be kept in the aqaurium in the house as per feng shui, is it true that they bring bad luck. I have a 100 litre tank facing my main door & i have a variety of fish a few of them being subankin gold (5nos), gold (1nos), Black moor gold (2nos), loche (3 nos), Rainbow shark (red tailed) (2 nos), Silver shark (2 nos), koi carp (2 nos) & a sucker fish (shark again). If raising sharks is a concern then i might actually trade my fishes with a friend who has a bigger tank & similiar species of fish & would probably get a whole new species of cichlids. Please advise.

Deepak Sharma June 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm

where should be placement of new acquarium in house

Nima Nair June 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm

I have 9 gold fishes in the aquarium. 8 gold and 1 black. I bought these fishes 9 months ago. There was no problem with these fishes uptill now. The fish tank is also serviced once in a month. But yesterday my three fishes died – two gold and 1 black. What could be reason for this. What does this indicate. Does this bring any kind of bad luck.

G.Mohan Dass July 16, 2009 at 12:03 am

I want to understand how an aquarium or fish tank is going to affect our life. Is it not going to increase a new task of your daily routine and extra money to be spent.

gopalakrishnan August 20, 2009 at 1:58 am

where should i keep the aquarium? I have two aquarium.How many fishes we can put in a acuuarium?

stu September 9, 2009 at 4:48 am

we bought 8 gold fish and one black moore and placed them in north west corner of home, since I heard that it dies with negative energy, I ensured that no outsiders be invited over, however a month later we had surprise visitors who saw the tank and one died instantly, eversince all are going one by one, they were very dear to me and I named them beautifully, now I am left with 3 and the blackmoore too has gone, hope their soal rests in peace, We change water and clean tank monthly, give tonic and stress meds whenever required, treat the water with med provided by the shop and feed them and check temp timely, where are we going wrong and what is the significance! pl help, anyone…

deepika October 25, 2009 at 7:26 am

my aqurium fish is died in continously in 3 days any problem from that

Gilbert December 4, 2009 at 9:47 pm

i have 10 gold fish and 1 black the fishtank is in the office
in a corner
the fish are all ok always hungry

the fish is orignaly 20 gold ,6 months ago now i have 10 the black fish i have it for almost 6 yrs now.

is it a good sign?


Moral December 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm

how many arowana fishes put in to one tank in a house? and where should I place the tank? I mean the direction…

vishal January 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

i am very much confused . my vastu consultant said 8 gold fish and 1 bleck fish as it makes a total of a odd figure. but on many sites i read 9 gold fish and 1 black fish. it makes a even number of 10. what should i do, really confused

bibin January 6, 2010 at 11:50 pm


if i keep 9 gold fish and 2 black fish will that be ok or should i remove 1 black fish from thank.

jhay January 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

i just only rented the room, i’m planning to have an aquarium inside, it is possible to put an aquarium since i used my room not only as a bedroom, everything was there like table and chair, entertainment and mini cafeteria… also the 8 red fish and 1 red having black spotted only is good enough for feng shui aquarium? thanks

vergis Mattew January 24, 2010 at 6:44 am

How many fishes I should keep & what type of fishes in a fish tank at home for my luck to come.

Amit February 19, 2010 at 5:47 am


I wanna know i have one room flat on esat facing . i wanna know where i put my aquarium

With Reagd

NAGARAJAN.A.R February 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

my house is east facing. where to keep 8 gold 1 black fish tank.

NAGARAJAN.A.R February 20, 2010 at 8:01 pm

where to keep indoor fountain

Gaurav Sharma March 19, 2010 at 8:15 am

Hi guys

Have just installed a 160 ltr aquarium at home. Just a day after i had put the fish inside one of the black fish has died. The water quality is good and the aquarium has a good filter as well. What can be the reason for this. Any help/ suggestions.


ajay javalkar May 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Dear Sir,
Please make a Note 2 every one that how many gold fishes are to be kept and rest and please make a note that which is the best direction the aqurium should be kept
with warm regards
ajay javalkar

sanjeev pillai May 15, 2010 at 1:12 am

i have 10 nos of gold fish in my tank that comprises as 3 yellow gold fish ,2 mixed red and white gold fish,and 5orange gold fish and recently i have purchased one black moor alltogether i have 11 now is it a ok as to keep according pl suggest

harsha May 21, 2010 at 1:28 am

i have bought a new small aquarium,where should i keep in ma home?plz help me guys

Valar July 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm

This is the best advice.
Firstly you have to buy a really big fish tank.
Then add 8 gold fish, 1 black fish, 2 transparent fish, 3 fluorescent fish which are visible in the dark(glow in the dark). Also add 2 invisible fish. You can buy them on the website, but they are expensive because they are invisible.
Then climb into the fish tank, and close the cover of the tank. Now you became the 17th fish.

Feng-shui is not fake. Understand the significance of anything before blindly believing stuff. Why will somebody give you free information, if they know you will pay for it?

Knowledge was never free.


Achu October 15, 2010 at 7:01 am

WHere should i kept my fish tank inside my hose? please give me the correct location.’

pooja bhasin November 17, 2010 at 8:43 am

i just bought a pair of goldfishes but i am confused about its placements…Some sites mention that you should place it at the left side of the entrance of your house while some say southern
Some also say that you shouldnt keep it in your bedroom, kitchen….but in flats where only these rooms exist where can i keep it apart form these two places? please suggest me something

Usha Rawoteea December 2, 2010 at 10:09 am

Could you please let me know exactly where to place an aquarium in the house and is it really bad luck to keep shark. i have 2 silver shark, 2 comet 1 big shark.

Bharat Mehta January 18, 2011 at 1:11 am

Dear All,

we have installed 150 ltr acquarium in my office. I am told 9 gold and 1 black fish is good as per fengshui. But i m afraid it will show my acquarium not filled enough so advise me how many more fish should i put? any multiple of 9 gold and 1 black or any other fish? pls advise

prakash February 5, 2011 at 1:13 am


I purchased 1 black and 8 goldfish,the very next day the black fish gave birth to 8 fishes
what does it say If it happens like this in Feng Shui
please do send me a solution

shubhra March 12, 2011 at 12:55 am

Is it good to keep shark in an aquarium at home ?

Nagegowda June 2, 2011 at 12:53 am

i want know where should i place aquarium? in many web site mentioned NE direction of east or west. but i didnt understand location of aquarium

Sarvajeet August 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Sir I have 1 gold fish and 1 balck is combination all ok or should i add an another one. If yes then in which colour?

miguel September 15, 2011 at 8:17 am

Fish & aquariums should not be kept in the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom — it is believed that if they live there, will attract material loss. You should place it in your prosperity side of you house use a bagua or the east part or you house

Nidhi Nayyar September 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

8 gold fish and one black in my tank, 3 gold & 1 black 2 dying in same day one dying next day & one black dying another day. in three days 4 moved off. What is the interpretation of this.

nagashree November 15, 2011 at 5:13 am

on 14-11-2011 seven fish is daid why

Neel November 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

shall i keep 2 black and 4 gold fish in fish tank

Ujjwal January 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

keep one gold fish and one black fish at the home??? Plz reply fast.

binod January 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

pls.let me know keeping shark at home according to vastu is good or not

GANGARAJ KP February 6, 2012 at 4:41 am

Where should i kept my fish tank inside my hose?

Shiva February 15, 2012 at 12:03 am

please advise where to keep fish tank in living room(East, North or SouthWest) and i dont have place to keep the fish tank in North East direction, and every day atleast one fish is dyeing. pls pls advise as soon as possible.

Jorgyn Pare March 8, 2012 at 3:50 am

Hi, someone told me that having Fish tank or Aquarium are bad if you have one family member whose profession a seaman? is this true?

krishnendu May 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

to increase wealth one can keep SILVER ARWANA alone in a tank.others can keep DENISONII (MISS KERALA ) a rare quality aquarium fish..works highly in increasing wealth..it really works. Always keep your aquarium in the north side of dining room. never keep in living room..change 1/3 water every week. fish will never die..

Ruchit May 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Ruchit – 2012-05-31
Hi guys i am starting a new setup , I have been to the local fish store I am setting up a nice 4l 2b by 3h . I am planning to put a tank divider diividing it into 1/3 and 2/3 .. All fish will be juvinilles . The 2/3 will house 9 gold fish ( orandas, redcaps, blackmore) and a silver juvinile arrowana while the 1/3 I plan to keep a flower horn . The divider will be black and with plants hence the flower horn can’t see the other fish . Will the arrowana get along with the gold fish . The bio filters will be state of the art and I plan to buy a 200 g tank after a yr n half for when the arrowana and flower horn get real big .

Please advise if this is ok thanks ,I am a beginner so need help


Alka Gadewal June 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

My house is north east facing. where should we place an fish pot in our living room.please send your suggestion.

Pratiksha Sawant July 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

my main door/ entry door is in the north direction. i want to keep my fish tank near the door,so that i can see it while going out.Should i place it on the left side of the door or the right side of the door? pls give me the advice accoding to fengshui/vaastu shastra.

nalini July 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I was told by feng shui consultant and have accordingly, one small aquarium of about 1′ x 1′ x 1.5′ size with one black moore. Now adays I have started feeling guilty for keeping lone fish. the feng shui consultant insists on having one black fish only.
is there any alternative? can I keep just small running water kind of gadget instead? will it serve the purpose? thanks

Giri August 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I have 15 fish in my fish tank including one arrowana and blackmore.
is it right?

St August 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

I have just bought 20 gallon fish tank with 8 red fish and 1 black and kept it in south east direction, but I read Since tai Sui is in SE direction in 2012. It is not favorable to keep it there …where should I place my tank…..

sudha August 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm


when i purchased aquarium tank, i bougt all the pair fishes viz., 2 black moles, 6 gold fish and 1 small fish. But acc to feng shui, u said 8 gold and 1 black mole. Is it fine. or should i change it to 8 gold and 1 black mole. And if i want to change, can i give 1 black mole and small fish to aquarium sellers?

swaroop September 24, 2012 at 3:39 am

i have 8 inch bowl.. how many goldfishes can i occupy in them for my luck and better fortunes? can i keep 2 gold and 1 black or 4 gold and 1 black? which is best combination? plz reply

neha October 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm

i bought an aquarium 5 days back nd i hv kept it in my bedroom where i sleep ….i dnt knw but m feeling a lil suffocating though i keep the window also open ……is it because of the fishes? shouldnt i keep the aquarium in bedroom? if so whats the harm?

Vittal November 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

i have brought 8 gold and 1 black fishes and kept at drawing room in southwest corner, and with in a day 3 fishes have died, pls suggest can replace with other fishes. and the direction which i kept is OK. pls suggest

piyush November 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

my goldfish and a black fish died..im very much sad about this..!!!

plzz tell me what does it convey?? my email id is trustedcriminal@ymail.com

kirti November 19, 2012 at 6:45 am

where should i keep my fish pot.
my home is facing east.

sonali November 25, 2012 at 12:10 am

can i kep fishtank in my one room kitchen house. beaz in one room iam using dinnig and sleeping also.my kitchen is separate. please give me ans.

Sonal January 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

I have only gold fishes, one is golden and another one is white with gold dot on it. Is it good? Or I have to have 9 finsh??Please guide me.

Mithun PC March 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

please advise where to keep fish tank in house als pls advise as soon as possible.

Briana April 23, 2013 at 2:32 am

Thankyou for the article it was interesting to read.

I have slight confusion about somethings though. I have been given a small tank that currently just has water snails in it. It has no plants and is full of ‘algae’ as apparently this is what the snails like.

I wondered if that is bad feng shui to keep snails in an algae tank? Or not because that is how they like to be, so its natural for them rather than keeping it very clean?

Are tanks better in an office or living room? I read somewhere that if you have mirrors in your office it is best to avoid a tank. I have floor length mirrored wall that I cannot change.


surender June 9, 2013 at 12:11 am

i have a goldfish tank. but the problem is where i should put it???????? my main door is in south-west. and other door is in north-east. so what can i do for it????????/

Nikhil June 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I’m having 8 goldfishes & 1 black fish. I’ve added 2 silver fishes (koi goldfish) & 1 shellfish.
What will be the results?

Viji Joy July 22, 2013 at 5:32 am

i want to keep 8 gold fish and 1 black gold fish in the living room. please tell me in which direction i should keep. north or in southeast direction.

modi October 16, 2013 at 9:41 am

I hv got 8 gold fishes and 1 black gold fish. I hv placed them in east near temple in north east . The fish tank is facing the main entrance just 3 days and the fishbare not looking healthy.. plse reply asap thanks

DANISH February 10, 2014 at 1:59 am


Nat October 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm


I have 8 goldfish, 1 black fish.
But I also have another kind in the same tank as 4 angles fish, 2 neon fish and 2 grapples fish (1 is black and 1 is orange color)

Is it too much? Is that good for my family??

subha December 10, 2014 at 4:31 am

I have a fish tank in that 3 karp fishes..and in that one s black,is it any pblm

himani December 17, 2014 at 10:17 am

i had bought a fish bowl with 4 gold fishes in it .The fishes are very attractive and are responding well but today when i came from office my one fishes was dead n later the other three fishes have eaten it . i don’t know whether it is a good sign or not . Plz do reply regarding this as I do care for them but still one died

Arshu December 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

I hv two gold fishes and one another fish in white colour. According to vastu it should be 9 fishes with 8 gold fishes and one black fish. What do I do now. kindly suggest me.

fuzail January 11, 2015 at 1:07 am

I have 8 flower horn fish. Please suggest me which black fish to stay with flower horn fishes. Becz flower horn fish eat other fishes please suggest me which fish for stay with flower horn.
I think one big 10 to 12″inc black shark with flower horn but u suggest me please

Rajish February 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Hiiiiii, Today I Purchased 2 feet aquarium….In that I put 15 Fishes…..I heard that 8 fishes with 1 black fish is good…But 9 fishes are not enough for me ….So I gone for 15 fishes, in which….

1 Oranda Male
1 Oranda Female
1 Gold Fish
1 Gold Fish (Black Moore)
2 Gold Fish Milky (Koi)
1 White Shark
2 Black Shark
1 Sucker Cat Fish
2 Copper Brown
2 Dollar Fish
1 Red Cap Gold Fish

So I Want to know that is it good having 15 fishes are of this kind……
Please advice me I m new for this….
You can contact me on rajish.sol@gmail.com

dinesh February 21, 2015 at 10:16 am

Dear sir / mam
I have a vasthu aroona fish for more than 3 years
we have sifted home for some reason but my aroona fish has been jump from tank while there is no one in home. Whyle my came she found that. Then she finnaly put back in a tank @ that time it seams like dead condition. Then latter it seams ok. I reach home I found bad about fish That there is no moves attall so we called our aquarium person and he found it will not cross a night .

The matter is @ the time my fish came out from tank is sink excate time I have a problem in my office with my boss

So plz let me know there is any link on that


shantanu March 8, 2015 at 4:57 am

IN my pot there are 8 gold fish and one black moor in addition to that Im having 2 sucker fish one is black and one is red this number is correct or not…?? Please guide me..

Mariz March 9, 2015 at 10:06 pm

im planning to have an aquarium but I heard that it brings bad luck to the persons living in the house if there is a seaman working in the family. Is this true?

tanuj ghosal March 23, 2015 at 12:34 am

In my aquarium I leave 8 red &1 black gold fish as per vastu & I leave 1 crocodile fish for tank cleaning is it OK

neha May 4, 2015 at 8:35 am

I bought a small aquarium yesterday 2 goldfish nd 2 sharks black .. One shark died after almost 24 hours .. What does it indicates…..

neha May 4, 2015 at 8:38 am

Nd is it compulsory 8 gold fishes to b in aquarium ..
Plss tell

Shahas July 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm

I have 10 fish in my aquarium .where I can keep it and is it compulsory gold fish in our tank .i have 9 carp fish in my tank.

Anamika August 16, 2015 at 12:27 am

Someone is donating me a silver arowana 10 inches in size..do these pets really attract wealth? Where should I place the aquarium.

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