Choosing the right aquarium for your space is integral for two main reasons. Firstly, it’s important is to ensure the health of your aquarium’s inhabitants, and secondly, you’ll want to find an aquarium that both fits and compliments your home’s interior.
Our expert team here at Pond Planet have categorised just what you should be looking at when it comes to how to set up an aquarium and purchase the perfect tank for your interior space.
Picking the perfect location is paramount to both ensuring that your aquarium is healthy and fully enjoying observing your fish and other aquatic life. Before deciding on your fish tank, it’s recommended that you assess which room the tank would be best placed in, and then which location within that room would be most suitable.
Locations to Consider
A room where you spend a lot of time is a good place to start. This allows you to not only enjoy watching your fish while relaxing but also keep a check on your aquarium’s health. If an aquarium’s internal or external filter begins to malfunction or some of your fish begin to display ill health, you’re likely to notice this sooner if you place the fish tank within a room that is frequently populated.
This is not to say that you should chuck your tank into any old corner, it’s also essential that your aquarium enjoys adequate space in which you can clean and maintain the tank, as well as enough space for people to navigate around the tank without knocking or damaging it. Give your fish tank enough breathing room to allow for the filter and also access to the top of the tank for water changes and feeding.
Though it may seem like common sense, it’s also important to situate your fish tank in a sturdy, level location. It’s essential that the flooring is able to hold the aquariums weight when filled with water, so test this as stringently as you can with your own weight or a comparable cabinet or cupboard. It’s also a good idea to use a spirit level to check the floor’s surface, an uneven surface will not only mean that the aquarium is at risk of tipping over, but also that you won’t be able to fully fill the tank with water.
Locations to Avoid
When it comes to locations that are best avoided, things are a lot more straightforward and simply require some common sense!
Placing the fish tank away from direct sunlight is beneficial for several reasons; you’ll avoid encouraging the growth of algae within the tank, water evaporation and also the tank overheating or becoming too humid. In relation to this, it’s also a good idea to place the aquarium away from locations that are likely to experience extreme variations of heat such as fireplaces and radiators.
Reducing potentially stress-inducing elements near your fish tank is also a good idea with a view to keeping your fish healthy and happy. Placing the tank away from areas that are likely to incur loud noises and vibrations will help to keep your fish stress-free.
Once you’ve decided on the ideal location for your aquarium, you’ll be able to figure out what size fish tank you can fit into the designated space.
If you’re a novice in aquarium keeping, it may seem like the logical thing to start small, however, you’d be wrong! When it comes to fish tanks, it’s a case of the bigger the better. Not only will a larger tank afford your fish more living space, but it also makes maintaining and cleaning your tank much easier. When setting up a fish tank, you’ll need to balance the pH levels, and although the likes of filter starter treatments and water test kits aid with this, a larger volume of water will allow for a more balanced and gradual process.
The shape of your fish tank is another important element to consider. With a wide range of shapes and styles of aquariums to choose from, making the right decision may seem a little daunting at first.
From the popular and widespread rectangular style to bow fronted and bowl-shaped tanks, there’s a shape to suit all interior spaces and styles. What’s more, it’s been proven that different species of fish actually prefer different shaped tanks and spaces which can affect their activity levels and behaviour.
Active fish enjoy longer fish tanks with plenty of space to zip about in, while tall, narrow tanks will benefit more inactive and territorial fish will enjoy a deeper tank with plenty of bottom space to patrol. Do your research on any fish species you’re thinking of purchasing first before committing to an aquarium shape, this will allow you to invest in a fish tank that’s going to benefit the fish’s needs which in turn will mean you’ll get more enjoyment out of your fish tank.
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