There are several points to consider when choosing a place to put your aquarium. A place should be decided upon before buying your aquarium as you will then know what size and shape of tank you want when you visit your local supplier. Also, trying to move a full aquarium to a different location is virtually impossible without cracking the glass or harming the fish, so read the 7 tips in this article before choosing the best place for your aquarium.
An aquarium full of water is heavy even without the gravel and accessories. A shelf or table can be used to support your tank but they must be strong enough not to warp. This can create stresses in the tank glass or joints which sooner or later will cause the glass to crack and joints to leak. Its far better to buy a purpose-built wrought iron tank stand especially for tanks over 20 gallons. First make sure the stand is set down level before supporting your tank – if the stand not level your aquarium glass and seams could come under stress and cause serious problems.
Make sure you position your tank within convenient reach of an electrical outlet. Lights, power filters and air pumps will need a mains supply to work and help provide a healthy environment for your fish. The electrical cables can be tidily hidden behind the tank and will not look unsightly or present a tripping hazard to kids or household pets.
Adequate light will be needed by your fish and plants and you have a choice of natural light, artificial light or a combination of the two. If you want to use natural light then the optimum amount of light will be found by placing your tank near an east-facing window. Put the tank off to one side of the window and not directly in front of it to prevent overheating in the summer. A tank alongside a wall cuts down the amount of direct sunlight and to receive a lot of indirect natural light place it at right angles to the wall.
The room in which you put your aquarium should not be drafty nor where the temperature goes up and down a lot, for example a room with a door which leads straight outside. Placing your tank near to a heating or air-conditioning outlet can cause water temperatures to fluctuate and be bad for your fish.
Give yourself room to work around the outside of the aquarium. You will need to carry out a regular tank maintenance schedule and other jobs which need clear access to the top of your aquarium – position it to leave at least 10 inches (25 cm) over the tank top. It’s a good idea to leave a gap of 6 inches (15 cm) behind the tank so you can clean the back glass or maybe attach a decorative background.
You will want to spend quite some time watching and enjoying you aquarium so place it at a comfortable viewing height. A standard height for an aquarium stand is 30 inches (45 cm) which is an optimum height for viewing when sitting and would be a good height for your table or shelf support. The aquarium will need to be a bit higher to make it viewable when standing. You could buy a custom tank stand measuring from 32 – 46 inches (80 – 115 cm) high that is a better viewing level for someone standing.
Finally, you don’t want to site your aquarium where people are moving to an fro a lot of the time, such as in a hallway. Your aquarium could easily get knocked and damaged or a least frighten your fish which could then injure themselves against the glass.
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