Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Choosing an Aquarium Location

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Choosing your aquarium location is an important consideration for your fishkeeping hobby.  Before you buy your new aquarium, you want to spend some time choosing the location where it is going to go.  You want to provide your fish with a stable and secure environment, and as a result want to be sure that you will be able to provide consistent lighting, temperature and a quiet and vibration-free location for them.

Most of all, you want to make sure that you choose an aquarium  location where you will also be able to enjoy your fish. Remember that a fully set-up aquarium is heavy and difficult to move, so time spent before setting up your tank will save you time and effort if you choose the wrong location.

Choose an Aquarium Location that is:
  • Large enough for your aquarium and accessories
  • Structurally strong enough for the weight of the aquarium, aquarium stand and canopy, and other aquarium accessories.  This usually means locating the aquarium (especially a large aquarium) by a load-bearing wall or in a corner, and not in the middle of a room.
  • Close to an electrical outlet to plug in your lighting, filter(s), heater(s), air pumps and any other accessories
  • Close to a bathroom or other water source for easier tank refills
  • Away from windows, exterior doors or other sources of drafts and direct sunlight
  • Away from heating ducts or air conditioners which could cause fluctuations in your aquarium temperature.  Sudden changes in aquarium temperature can stress your fish.
  • Away from heavily-trafficked areas or any appliances (washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc.) that cause vibrations to the floor
  • Has sufficient space around the aquarium to easily access the back and top of the tank for easy maintenance
  • Preferably on a hard surface (wood floor, vinyl floor, etc) in case of a tank leak or occasional water spillage (especially for saltwater tanks)

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