A well-designed aquarium can open up a room, compliment your décor,
and add an air of sophistication to any home. They make great centerpieces
and have a reputation for creating a relaxed, peaceful environment. Whether
you’re looking to install a
residential aquarium or a smaller
nano cube aquarium, there are a few things you shoulder consider before installing an aquarium
in your home:
What Size Should Your Aquarium Be?
Contrary to what you might think, larger tanks actually tend to be more
manageable than smaller ones. This in part because changes in water temperature
take longer to occur and tend to have less dramatic effects on marine
life. Because larger tanks are more forgiving toward fish, the continual
cost of replacing fish can be avoided by starting big.
Where Should You Install Your Aquarium?
Location is key! One of the most important things to remember when selecting
a home for your new aquarium is that, despite the great lighting it provides,
direct exposure to sunlight is always a bad idea. Marine life (including
coral) are highly sensitive to water temperatures and, if your aquarium
receives direct sunlight for even a few hours, your fish can die before
you have time to remedy the rising water temperature.
Also remember that you will occasionally have to get in there and do some
maintenance, which can mean at least a little bit of splashing and spillage
from time to time. If you are planning to install an aquarium inside your
home, take into account the surfaces, fixtures, and furniture that will
be in close proximity to the tank. If the flooring, finish, etc. will
be ruined if occasionally splashed with flecks of tank water, you may
want to reconsider the location of your residential aquarium.
Also consider the location of the aquarium in relation to electrical outlets,
balconies, heating and air vents, and other potential hazards.
What Fish Should I Put in My Aquarium?
You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your fish! Creating
a small, underwater community inside your home tends to be a fun, exciting
process for homeowners. Choosing brightly-colored fish and coral is a
great way to compliment the colors and atmosphere of the room and provide
a fascinating focal point in any space.
However, there is much more to consider when selecting fish than breed,
color, and price. First of all, you must choose between a freshwater aquarium
and a saltwater aquarium. (Keep in mind that first-timers may find freshwater
aquariums to be much more manageable than saltwater aquariums, at least
in the short run.) The kind of aquarium you choose will have a direct
correlation with the kind of fish available to you.
Low Maintenance Fish for Aquarium Beginners
Regardless of which kind you choose, we suggest going with low-maintenance
fish in order to reduce cost, minimize upkeep, and lengthen the life of
your marine community as a whole. If you start off with a saltwater aquarium,
try going with any of the following:
- Butterfly fish
- Watchman Goby
- Blenny fish
- Yellow Tangs
If you opt for a freshwater environment, here are a few fish that are as
easy to care for as they are beautiful:
- White Cloud Mountain Minnows
- Kuhli Loach
(Fun fact: Many freshwater fish eat algae and pull their weight when it
comes to cleaning the tank. They also tend to be fairly peaceful and unaggressive,
making maintenance and selecting combinations of fish much simpler. This
is one reason many first-time aquarium owners opt for a freshwater tank.)
Also take note of the fact that there are many visually appealing fish
out there that simply won’t get along. Some breeds of fish won’t
get along with other specific breeds, but there are certain kinds of fish
that are aggressive toward all other breeds. Be sure to do your research
when selecting fish for your tank and make sure you avoid purchasing fish
that will fight or eat one another. For example, exercise caution when
purchasing Betta fish, rainbow sharks, red-finned sharks, red-bellied
or black Piranhas, or cichlids of any kind.
Let the Experts at Living Art Aquatic Design, Inc. Help You Install Your
Whether you’re a first-time residential aquarium owner or you’ve
been doing this for years, we’re here to help! Our goal is to give
you the most appealing tank possible while setting you up to enjoy it
for years to come. Even if you’re not yet sure what size tank you
want, how many fish you’d like, or where to put it, our team at
Living Art Aquatic Design, Inc. is here to answer your questions and help
you consider every possible option.
Give us a call at (310) 626-1448 to get started building your dream aquarium today!