When we look for a house, often times the advice we receive is location, location, and location. It is not different when it comes to the location for a home aquarium. This seemingly simple task is often overlooked, and many important factors are completely ignored. Why is the location to set up a home aquarium so important? Why can’t we just set it up wherever we would like it to be?
Where we set up our fish tank is not all about where we would like to see our pet fish. It is more closely related to the well being of the fish, the overall environment of the aquarium, how easy it can be maintained, as well as the safety for the house or apartment.
1. Do not set up an aquarium near a window where it can be exposed to direct sunlight or very strong daylight.
Anyone who has kept an aquarium for a few months knows that the algae is one of the biggest problems any aquarium may face. It is hard to get rid of and it keeps coming back. One of the leading causes for an algae infested aquarium is too much light. Placing an aquarium in an area where it can receive direct sunlight is asking for trouble, unless you prefer green water and green glass. Sunlight can overheat the water temperature in an aquarium very fast, and the temperature will also drop rapidly as soon as the fish tank is no longer in the sun. Fish do not like fluctuation in the water temperature since they are cold blood species and they can’t regulate their body temperature like we humans do. Therefore, it is extremely unhealthy for them. In the summer time, direct sunlight might even heat up the water to a lethal temperature.
2. Do not locate an aquarium near a door.
Fish can be scared and shocked every time the door is opened and closed. You might not feel much of a shock when you close a door, but it is too much for the fish. The shock traveling through solid matter is transmitted through the wall, the floor, the aquarium stand, the fish tank, the water, and all the way to the fish. They can feel it, which is too strong for them if the door is nearby. The shock can be a major stress factor on your fish. Therefore, keep the tank away from the door if you want to keep your fish healthy and long lived.
3. Do not place an aquarium near a radiator, an air conditioner, or a vent, where the temperature can change rapidly. Once again, fish require stable water temperature to thrive.
4. Do not locate an aquarium in an area where there is heavy traffic. Fish can be easily disturbed by large frequently moving objects such as people around the tank. It can be very stressful for them.
5. Do not place an aquarium directly on the floor where you can easily kick it and break it by accident. Whether you decide to put it on an aquarium stand, a desk, or on a dresser, make sure it is sitting on something strong and solid. One U.S. gallon of water weighs about 8.35 pounds or about 3.79kg. A small 10 (U.S.) gallon tank can hold as much as 80 pounds of water, and it can be way over 100 pounds with the substrate, decoration, and equipment.
The surface to support the fish tank must be perfectly leveled. An uneven surface might crack the tank in the long run even if it does not crack right away. The floor where the tank is located on must also be perfectly leveled, and it is best to have the fish tank located against a wall or in a corner where the floor can support it better than if it is in the center of the room.
6. Locate an aquarium near an electrical outlet. This will make it easier for you to hook up all the necessary equipment such as the filter, heater, lights, and air pump. Yet the electrical outlet should not be placed directly under the aquarium in order to avoid short circuits in case of a water leakage or spill.
7. Locate your aquarium with an easy access to water. A healthy aquarium requires frequent partial water change. Since a 5 gallon water bucket can weigh as much as over 40 pounds, walking long distance with such weight is not enjoyable.
8. Locate an aquarium in an area where there is enough space around it for you to work on during the maintenance. Without an adequate working space, you might get lazy maintaining the aquarium.
9. Locate an aquarium in an area where you can sit comfortably to observe the fish. While we have been through the part that to avoid heavy traffic around the fish tank, the aquarium should also not be placed where you rarely visit. It gives you the opportunities to notice any problem in the tank at an early stage.
10. Locate an aquarium in a relatively quiet place. Fish do not like noises and should stay away from television, stereo, radio, and any other noise-making sources.
Choosing a good location for your home aquarium is one of the very first steps to set it up. This is especially so for a large aquarium, because its locations can be relatively permanent. Therefore, you will not only need to pick the right spot for the aquarium, but you also need to make sure you will be happy about the location of the aquarium in the long run.
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