When you were little perhaps you had a fish bowl with a lonely little goldfish. However, as a fully-fledged adult, you have made the decision to have something – well – a little bigger. Yes, a large home aquarium is a statement piece which brings a rare beauty, light, and the wonder of the natural world right into your living space.
If you’re researching a home aquarium, then you’ve no doubt realised that this is no small undertaking and you may need to get the professionals in. Fortunately, this is one of our specialities at Pool Spa, and we are here to help.
Before we begin, though, let’s double check the setup to make sure that this addition to your home is going to be practical, and you’ll get exactly what you want.
Home Aquarium Size and Placement
Your first decision will be whether to choose a marine or a freshwater tank. Typically, a marine tank will require more equipment such as heaters, pumps, filters, lights, etc. This would obviously impact the setup cost but will also require sufficient space – preferably away from your immediate living area – for this equipment to be situated. The tank itself should be set up away from heaters, doors, vents or windows which can affect the temperature of the water. It should also be away from foot traffic to avoid knocking or bumping but still have enough room around it to sit and just drink in the beauty.
As a rule of thumb, it’s always better to go a little bigger so that you have the option to add more fish at a later stage. Chat with your fish specialists to determine which fish are happy to live together, and how many you can have in the tank size that you want.
Cleaning and Maintenance
A big aquarium is a big responsibility, and care needs to be taken to stick to a schedule of cleaning and maintenance to keep your fish happy, and your tank beautiful. However, choosing the correct filters pumps and sterilizers for your tank at the outset will go a long way toward making your life significantly easier down the line.
A home aquarium is an uncommon addition to a home, but one that guarantees hours of tranquillity and learning. If you are considering one, we’d love to chat with you and offer our expertise. Call us today.