If you love the relaxing sight of fish swimming around, but don’t want to invest the time and effort into owning an aquarium and some pet fish, then maybe it’s time to get a virtual aquarium or fish pond app for your device. Let’s face it: aquariums and fish ponds can be enormously costly to start up and maintain, and we’re not even talking about the time and dedication it takes to keep them going. Save yourself some money and time and have a look at our list of the best virtual aquarium apps for iPhone and iPad.
The best virtual aquarium apps for iPhone and iPad
1 Nov 2019, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Aquarium live HD free gives you a chance to try out the app for free before you upgrade to the full version. This one is the iOS version of the super-popular Mac app called Aquarium Live HD, so you know it’s amazing. Some of the features include four long HD videos to choose from, full-screen view, a discreet user interface, looped playback, and more. The videos are each six to eight minutes long. Choices include Calm Coral Reef, Busy Coral Reef, Shark Paradise, and Clear Aquarium, with a bonus Ocean Surf scene. When the video is playing, just tap the small semi-transparent settings button in the bottom right corner to access the settings menu. You can choose your preferred sound mode or listen to music from your own library.
- Four videos
- Runs in full-screen
- Sound Mix, Music, or Mute
- Looped playback
- Free with in-app purchase to buy full version
Fishdom is an exciting Match-3 game that will provide users with hours of fun. There’s an additional element to the game which involves creating fish tanks for your fish as you have to feed and play with them. There are hundreds of levels, amusing 3D fish, nice looking graphics, wonderful backgrounds, play against your friends and more. This app is like a semi-virtual aquarium rolled up into a fun little game. There are in-app purchases for different packages of diamonds, which can help to expedite your gameplay.
- A wonderful Match-3 game with a little twist
- Create fish tanks, Feed and play with your fish
- Wonderful graphics and backgrounds
- Hundreds of levels, Challenge your friends
- In-app purchases for diamonds
Ocean Dream is a relaxing trip to the depths of the ocean where you will be able to sit back, relax, and watch the underwater scenery go by. The blue view of all of the underwater realm is calming and you can use swiping gestures to move around the viewpoint. The app automatically focuses on points of interest so you can sink into the view. Want more than just something nice to look at? You can tap on any creature and see more information about it. The free version has ads; a small in-app purchase gives you more creatures and removes the ads.
- Relaxing blue underwater scenes
- Swipe gestures move around your viewpoint
- Focuses on points of interest
- Tap a creature for more information
- Free with in-app purchase to upgrade
Flappy Turtle Aquarium Adventure is a cartoon game where you have to help Sheldon the Turtle rejoin his friends in the sea. He has to get from the Aquarium where he was rehabilitation and through the obstacle course. Tap to swim, but look out for those jellyfish and sea plants! You get continuous gameplay, parallaxing background, high-res graphics, simple controls, and Game Center achievements. You can share your score with friends over email, messaging, and social media. The game is fun and great for both kids and adults alike. Once you get going, you’ll want to keep playing to improve your score.
- Help Sheldon get to his turtle friends
- Pass the Aquarium’s obstacle course
- Tap to swim
- Avoid the hazards
- Free virtual aquarium app for iPhone and iPad
Wa Kingyo - Goldfish Pond is an amazing goldfish pond app that will offer you a little piece of serenity on your iPhone and iPad. “Wa” has several meanings: “peace,” “Japan,” and “relaxation.” “Kingyo” means “goldfish.” The fish and background images are drawn like traditional Japanese art: simple, elegant, beautiful, and calming. Watch and feed the goldfish, change the flowers and background, and chill out. There are 11 background images, five types of bait, and you can customize the number, color, and size of goldfish in your pond. There’s a sleep timer and you can adjust the sound.
- Touch the water to make it ripple
- Choose your background
- Feed the goldfish
- Totally customize the appearance
- One-time purchase
Aquarium HD will allow you to have an amazing virtual aquarium on your iPhone or iPad. You get three looping aquarium scenes and the option to unlock seven more. When you touch your screen, the water ripples as if you touched a finger to the surface of a pond. If you don’t want to use this feature, you can turn it off in Settings. You can listen to a relaxing background soundtrack or leave it off. The fish are gorgeous and life-like. The changeable scenes allow you to relax for a few moments, even during a busy work day.
- Three looping aquarium scenes included
- Interactive touch effect creates ripples and waves
- Optional background audio
- Easy-to-use interface
- Free with in-app purchases to add seven more scenes or remove ads
Here’s another game: Aquarium Island lets you breed and take care of cute little seahorses, fish, and turtles. Find sunken treasures, build and design coral reefs, and build the best, most amazing underwater park possible for your fish. You can visit your friends’ sea worlds, too. Features include two free mini-games, offline play, daily free gifts to send to family and friends, and decorations and fish to unlock as you level-up. There are over 100 levels to keep you busy, and lots of sea creatures you can play with and watch.
- Design amazing coral reefs
- Breed sea horses, fish, and crabs
- Two mini-games
- Explore and decorate
- Free with in-app purchases
What’s more relaxing than a virtual aquarium? Why, it’s your iPhone or iPad screen filled with amazingly beautiful jellyfish. Jellyfish Heaven allows you to interact with and watch the realistic jellyfish move around your screen. You can choose your favorites from five different species, decide how many you want to appear, tap on them to change their color, and more. Use a two-finger tap to change the light color, and use a double-tap to stop or start music. You can take a screenshot to use as wallpaper or send to friends. If you love jellyfish, you need this app.
- Virtual jellyfish
- Five species to choose from
- Interact with the jellyfish
- Easy and intuitive controls
- Free with in-app purchases
Seahorse 3D offers a beautiful underwater world filled with amazing creatures like seahorses, sharks, starfish, whales, and other fish. You can customize your little piece of the ocean, feed your animals, and move among them using intuitive gestures. Sit back and relax! You can change your angle of viewpoint 360 degrees, and change around the environment however you like. The only drawback is that you don’t get all the animals/fish with the free version, but that’s to be expected; the rest can be unlocked with an in-app purchase.
- Beautiful underwater world
- Fish, starfish, sea horses, whales, sharks, and more
- Customize your area of the ocean
- Feed your animals
- Free with in-app purchase to unlock full version
Amazing Aquarium gives you an iPhone and iPad app that combines patience and quick reflexes in a fun setting. Moss balls are a type of algae that grow into a velvety ball, found in only a few parts of the world. The reflex game requires you to flick or tap to sort the incoming moss balls and sea urchins while the aquarium game allows you to grow sea urchins and moss balls, keep your tank clean, and care for your pets. You can add funny masks to your moss balls as they grow, change the water to make sure your moss balls don’t dry up, and see how they grow.
- Two games
- Test your reflexes or sit back and watch moss grow
- Sort moss balls and sea urchins
- Care for your aquarium
- Free with in-app purchases