Siberian craftsman Anatoly Konenko has managed to manufacture the smallest aquarium in the world.
The tiny tank is made up of glass, it contains tiny stones and plants and is home to a group of tiny fish. It is just 30mm in width, 24mm in height and 14 mm in depth - enough to hold just 10ml of water, or about two tablespoons' worth.
Anatoly Konenko has been fiddling around with micro-miniatures for 30 years – he was the first such craftsman in Siberia. He worked out how to write on rice grains, poppy seeds even human hair, and created the necessary micro-instruments to do this.
Konenko is also a painter and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for making the world's smallest book.
I've been doing microart for 30 years, doing the smallest things in the world. This tank was made out of curiosity, Konenko told Daily Mail. He works using a microscope for most of his work and has won awards in his home country and across the globe.
The world’s smallest aquarium isn’t Anatoly Konenko’s first record. In 2002, his micro-book that measured less than 1 sq. mm entered the Guinness book, according to Emirates247.com. But notwithstanding its size, it adhered to all rules: offset printing, hardback binding and all. Meanwhile, the micro-miniaturist’s most recent accomplishment until now was the smallest ever functioning mousetrap: 6 by 3mm.
Nevertheless, Anatoly Konenko has plenty more micro-masterpieces up his sleeve, including a violin for a grasshopper, a camel caravan that fits inside a needle ear, an alphabet inscribed on a hair, a zoo that balances on a dragonfly’s wing and the most stunning display of all: a model Eiffel tower that teeters on a mosquito’s antenna. Meanwhile, Konenko has gone one better than forging a shoe for a flea – which he insists is no hard task – and made it a set of jewelry, including necklaces and pendants.
Anatoly Konenko has taken his works to the US, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Spain, Japan and China. His works can be found in many museums around the world, in private collections and in libraries. The presidents of Russia, Korea, Belarus, the Czech Republic and Slovenia treasure his masterpieces.
Here is a slideshow of the smallest aquarium: