When you live in the middle of the urban jungle, time seems to be one of your best friends but also one of your biggest enemies. For instance, with such limited time, you cannot afford to explore nature as much as you would like to. But if the mountain won’t come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain. So consider installing an aquarium in your house and you will have the chance to study the behavior of some fish species, and also decorate your new fish tank with natural plants and specific decorations. It will be like cropping a piece of the fascinating aquatic life and bringing it home with you, to look after it. Such a privilege!
Now you must be wondering how to choose the right fish tank for your home. Here are some tips and trick that will help you in taking the right decision:
The material will influence a lot on how and where you will choose to place your fish tank.
Glass is the most common material used in building fish tanks. It is easy to maintain and clean, it is durable and scratch resistant. Yet, glass is pretty heavy, so think carefully about the place where you plan to install your glass aquarium because you’re going to have a hard time moving it later on.
Acrylic fish tanks are perfect for a conventional home. Although the acrylic aquarium requires a special stand to support the bottom of the tank, it is much easier to move from one place to another. Keep in mind that it is not as scratch resistant as glass, so try keeping it away from cramped areas.
When it comes to design, you are going to find different shapes on the market, from round to hexagonal, or octagonal. But the parallelepipedic or the cubic fish tanks are easier to place in any room in the house, are also more aesthetical, and easier to observe and admire. The loop effect that other aquarium shapes create might distort your image.
One of the most important aspects to consider when it comes to the dimensions of the fish tank is the thickness of its walls. The thicker the wall, the more resistant the fish tank. Plus, the aquarium will support more water.
For a clearer view, we have compared the best quality 40-gallon aquariums on the market. You can inspire yourself from here. If you have more spare room inside your house and want a bigger one, we would recommend casting an eye on the 55-gallon aquariums.
The market offers a great variety of in-wall or stand fish tanks. Although the first option seems to offer a more spectacular view, stand fish tanks are a great option too.
Here is what they have in common: First of all, they should ideally be placed near power and water. Your fish tank will come equipped with a filter system, a heating system that both need to be connected to electricity. Also, once in two to three weeks, you’re going to need to do a complete water change, which means replacing the dirty water from the fish tank with fresh clean water, so make sure you have your aquarium placed near a source of water.
Keep your fish tank away from sunlight or heating vents. Temperature changes might cause sickness or even death to your fish.
As for noise, any type of speaker might cause your fish some distress, so keep your aquarium in a quiet location. The quieter, the better.
With all the details available in this mini-guide, we hope that you feel more prepared to take the next step, and that is buying yourself a fish tank for your home. We can assure you you won’t regret the investment!