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Fishcam refers to a broadcast consisting of a video camera pointed at a fish tank.

A tank filled with gold fish with a live web camera feed
Schou FishCam


Channel 31 Melbourne, Australia, had one of the more famous and long-lasting fishcams. The Fishcam itself was originally used as a replacement to the more common testcards, shown when the station had nothing else to air. Due to extreme popularity though, the FishCam became an actual scheduled show on the network. The station has also released several VHS tapes of the programme. The broadcast was accompanied by the music of unsigned Melbourne musicians.

Rumours have abounded amongst fans that Channel 31 has played repeats of this programme while it has continued to be labelled "live".

From 4 March 2007 the broadcasting of FishCam on Channel 31 has ceased.[1]

On 13 October 2014 FishCam returned at the new time of 9 pm hosted by Luis from Lessons with Luis.[2] It ran for 11 episodes, ending on 22 December 2014, when the fish tank was broken during the final episode.[3]


When St. John's television station NTV first commenced 24-hour broadcasting in the early-1970s, one of its overnight programmes was a continuous shot of a fish tank.


Between 1981 and 1985, the public Danish broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) aired a programme called pausefisk (pause fish) during long breaks between programming.


In 1992 when Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg launched, ORB Aquarium was among the original programmes, consisting of a 30-minute loop of Fish. Music was provided by Radio Brandenburg (now rbb radioeins). In September 1992, the show recurved 10,000 viewers and a 37.5% market share, the highest value in the history of ORB. That led to similar programmes such as Space Night, first shown on Bayerischer Rundfunk in 1994, which is currently shown on ARD-alpha & Germany's Most Beautiful Railways aired on ARD between 1995 & 2013. ORB Aquarium was discontinued in 2004.

Hong Kong[edit]

The ATV Network in Hong Kong also aired a Fishcam programme, in lieu of test card after the station signs off the air. The programme's name was Telefishion (Chinese: 魚樂無窮). It became an unexpected hit for the station, with the programme performing as well as, if not better than, the station's normal primetime programmes. The title of the show entered into popular vocabulary as one being incredibly bored.


The Norwegian public broadcaster NRK first aired a Fishcam-style programme called pausefiskene (pause-fishes) in black-and-white in 1965, converting to colour in the 1970s.


Turkish broadcaster Digiturk broadcasts live fish tanks on their music channels under the name "Aquavision".


The state run youth channel Yaşlyk broadcasts a digital fish tank with the same piece of classical music playing on a loop after ending their daily transmissions until 6:55 am.


Netscape has a web feed of their fish tank, and for some time had an easter egg hidden in Netscape Communicator that would bring that page up when a user pressed CTRL + ALT + F.[4][5][6] The Netscape Fishcam was the 2nd live camera to start broadcasting on the Web.[7][8][9] The Netscape Fishcam went off line in the Summer of 2007[10][11][12][13] and has been moved to a new site with a new tank housed in the offices of Zetta, Inc.[14] by its original creator, Lou Montulli.[15] The Fishcam easter egg was present in Mozilla Firefox until 15 February 2009 and remains in SeaMonkey.[16][17][15]

Similar events[edit]

  • Yule Log, which broadcast on WPIX on Christmas night
  • Orchestra (unofficial name), which broadcast on TV11 Thailand during downtime

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Channel 31 Fishcam show guide". Archived from the original on April 7, 2008.
  2. ^ "Fishcam returns to Channel 31". TV Tonight. October 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "FISHCAM with Wil Anderson". YouTube. 2014-12-22. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  4. ^ "The Amazing Fish Cam!". Archived from the original on 1999-02-08. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  5. ^ "The Amazing Netscape Fish Cam (Feed 1, Small)". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  6. ^ "The Amazing Netscape Fish Cam (Feed 1, Large)". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  7. ^ "About the amazing Fish Cam". Archived from the original on 2001-01-20. Retrieved 2001-01-20.
  8. ^ "About the amazing Fish Cam". Archived from the original on 2000-05-20. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  9. ^ "About the amazing Fish Cam". Archived from the original on 2006-02-03. Retrieved 2006-02-03.
  10. ^ "The Amazing Netscape Fish Cam Page Redesigned with Web Standards - MozillaZine Talkback".
  11. ^ "Styling the Amazing Netscape Fish Cam Page". MDN Web Docs.
  12. ^ "Grok the Web -- Chapter 3".
  13. ^ Rossney, Robert (September 21, 1995). "American Online's Multi-Identity Crisis". SFGate.
  14. ^ Guy-Ryan, Jessie (March 19, 2016). "The Surprisingly Long History of Animal Cams". Atlas Obscura.
  15. ^ a b "The Amazing FishCam -- the oldest live camera on the Internet".
  16. ^ "454847 - Fishcam really dead now".
  17. ^ "comm-central: changeset 1958:04fe5a9c74324f5692a558dd6810bf283f44c918".

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