Before you start thinking about which aquarium to choose, first consider the best place to put it. Take your time – moving an already established aquarium is laborious. So when choosing the best place for your aquarium, take into account not only potential visual effect, but also the safety of the household, the tank itself and the convenience of all maintenance tasks.
Places unsuitable for an aquarium
Avoid places which are too close to doors and heavy traffic. Hallway, corridor – they ate not good places for your new aquarium, where (due to people walking all the time) many fish species can feel stressed. In such places there is also a risk of hitting the aquarium with a random object. Remember that breaking up an aquarium means financial losses, problems with a flooded apartment, as well as the risk of death of its residents.
A place illuminated by sunlight most of the day will also be inappropriate. You can expect strong growth of algae, which are usually very difficult to get rid of. The sun will also cause large temperature changes during the day, and on hot days the fish will simply feel too hot.
Furniture to put the aquarium on
While small aquariums up to a maximum of 60 l can be put on an ordinary cabinet or table (however, it is worth strengthening them), larger aquariums should definitely stand on dedicated cabinets. They are properly reinforced and made of materials that are more resistant to flooding than ordinary furniture. The visual aspect is also important. The cabinet matching the lid of the tank will look beautiful.
In the case of large tanks, the best solution is to order a durable, steel frame, which can then be enclosed with furniture boards.
Safety and convenience
The aquarium is heavy. The calculation is easy: Multiply 1 l of water by 1.2 kg and add the weight of the substrate, decoration, cabinet and lid. That’s the weight your floor has to withstand – take this into account when planning an aquarium.
When designing an aquarium cabinet, consider its height. The higher the cabinet/frame, the higher the upper edge of the tank will be, so any cleaning work in the tank will require the use of a ladder or a chair. When the cabinet is too low it will make it difficult to observe the life in the aquarium or clean it.
It happens that aquariums are placed in wall niches or built into walls. In this case, plan sufficient space above the tank to be able to clean the tank with your hand, catch fish and put or pull out certain decorations. You need at least 25-30 cm of free space above the aquarium.
Secure the bottom of the aquarium
Never place the aquarium directly on the cabinet. You can use styrofoam, cork, carpet or other special mats available in pet shops. They will reduce the risk of cracking the aquarium bottom.
Make sure cleaning the tank will be comfortable for you
When choosing the best place for aquarium, it is important to remember about access to water and electricity. A minimum of three sockets are needed for one aquarium, but usually there are more connections, and using an extension cord can be tiring and certainly not very aesthetic in the long run. The distance from the water source is also important. The water should be partially changed once a week or every two weeks. Of course you can run around with buckets, but it is much more convenient to use a hose to drain water. It is therefore advisable to have the bathroom or kitchen relatively close.
The aquarium makes noise
The devices installed in the aquarium make sounds. They can be particularly tedious at night, so it is better not to place the aquarium in the bedroom unless you are one of those people who find the buzzing of the filter and splashing water relaxing. However, make sure that other members of the household feel the same way.
Where to put the aquarium?
In a quiet place with relatively little traffic. Away from sunlight and draughts. Look at your apartment or house. Look how the sun illuminates it during the day. Think about temperatures throughout the day and at different times of the year. Sometimes compromises are necessary, but decide on them consciously. Only then will you know how to prevent aquarium problems.
Ph.D.Eng Aleksandra Kwaśniak-Płacheta