An aquarium in your home makes a dramatic interior design statement.
It offers a combination of entertainment and that elusive wow factor, and can also be a fun hobby that the whole family gets involved in.
For those of us who know aquariums and fish, a DIY aquarium project is a bit of fun to pass the time. But for those new to it, when it comes to aquarium size, placement, and what to put in it, it can be a bit overwhelming.
So what do you need to know when it comes to the right aquarium size for your home? Let’s break down some of the basics for you to make things simpler.
The Aquarium Size
You may think that a smaller aquarium is better to start with, but that is not always the case. While a bigger tank may cost more upfront, they are easier to look after – and a bit more forgiving with beginner mistakes!
New tanks can be a little unstable as they settle, and the toxins in a smaller tank can cause far more damage to new fish than in a bigger tank. Bigger tanks mean more water volume, which means things happen slower.
You will also need to consider the size of your room; if you have limited space, you may need to incorporate the tank into the wall or counter to save some space. There are always ways to make a bigger tank work; it is just dependent on what you prefer. Follow this link to have a look at some aquarium shape and size options.
The Aquarium Placement
The best place to put an aquarium is in your living area, as this is where everyone can enjoy it the most. This does come with some challenges around interior design choices and safety, especially if you have children or indoor pets.
The perfect place is somewhere with little passing traffic, but that is still a focal point in the room. Just because your space is limited does not mean you need to hide your tank in a corner. You can get creative with your aquarium placement if you have the time.
Another consideration when choosing your aquarium size is the types of fish you want to put in it. Do you want big or small fish? Do you want schooling fish or solitary fish? These are all things you need to decide on before you buy your tank. Bigger fish need a larger space, and some fish species can become aggressive in smaller confines with other fish.
You may have heard of the “one fish per inch per gallon” theory, but don’t spend too much time agonizing over this. Rather do some research into the kind of fish you would like to have rather than worrying about how many your tank can hold.
The Final Thought
Aquariums are a great addition to any home, making for a fun family hobby. Do a bit of research into your chosen aquarium life (fish and plants) to help you make a final decision about the aquarium size that’s right for you.
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