This might sound strange, but I would love to have a clear tank on my toilet. Simple devices they may be, toilets have been one of the biggest annoyances in my life. We’ve all been there, am I right? You’ve just dropped a deuce and the toilet isn’t flushing properly, and it isn’t even your house. Panic sets in, you close the lid, remove all the knickknacks from the back of the toilet, take off the cover and start poking around like you’re Bob frickin Vila. If you’re lucky it’s just that the chain came unattached from the handle and you’re up to your elbow in tank water, manually lifting the plug and hooking the chain back on. Worst case scenario it’s the other end and you need a plunger. More often than not, in houses it’s the former. Your panic whooshes down with your piss and feces and you vacate the toilet feeling light and breezy.
I’ve lived in a lot of pretty rundown places where maintenance is either difficult or not a priority. Because of that I’ve encountered a number of toilet problems and therefore have become proficient at plunging a toilet, jerry-rigging a flush handle, and holding down the handle until the tank empties completely. I can’t help thinking there’d be fewer plumbing issues if toilet tanks were see through. Not the bowl, the tank full of clean water with the spout and that balloon thingy that senses when the tank is full. If it were see through we’d know the tank had emptied and that we can release the handle. We’ve all been there, right? Standing, awkwardly bent over, holding the handle like a boob because we’re not sure if it’s done flushing or not (this is assuming you close the lid when you flush like you should). A clear tank would eliminate this anxiety.
So I looked it up: “toilet with a clear tank”. And this is what I found:
Not what I was expecting.
In 2006 AquaOne presented the Fish ‘n Flush aquarium toilet tank. No worries, the fish aren’t in the tank, there is a separate compartment that houses the fish. The aquarium merely gives the illusion there are goldfish in your toilet. The tank holds about 2.2 gallons while the aquarium holds 2.5 and can house pretty much anything except coral. (Don’t you dare put any fucking coral in there.) As long as it fits, it flies… er, swims. And the kit came with everything one might need except water and fish. Oh, and it glows in the nighttime due to strategically placed LED lights.
Unfortunately (fortunately?) this product is no longer available. Although these people might still have some. It’s hard to tell. But don’t go looking at fishnflush.com, that domain is now owned by a guy who writes software code.
After perusing the aquarium option, I found this promotional video for a related product:
Closer to what I meant. Although, I have zero interest in decorating my toilet tank. That’s just weird.
Neither do I want a tank that is also an aquarium. But I still believe a nice, clear, plexiglass toilet tank would make life easier and remind users to hold down the handle until the tank empties. One day. A girl can dream.