There’s no question that fish tanks have the potential to be one of the great decorating coups you can pull off as an amateur interior decorator. With that said though, sometimes trying to figure out the best place in your house to put a fish tank can be a huge dilemma.
Aquariums can be great accent pieces or even centrepieces in any living room, den, or office. They fill a space with colour and life, and the goings-on of the fish inside can make for a lovely topic of casual conversation.
Of course, to get the most out of them, you’ll want to make sure to place your fish tank in an optimal location in your house. So, what should you look for and what should you look to avoid when trying to identify the right spot for your aquarium in your home?
Best Place for a Fish Tank – Prominent Areas
As long as the fish tank in your household is not the first fish tank owned by your child and it is not just a small, personal-sized tank, then the chances are that you did not purchase it to simply to place it in a corner out of sight.
In most cases, most aquariums come with a decent stand. If your fish tank has one, then you’re on easy street as you can keep moving it around until you find the ideal place for it. Kitchen worktops, living room tables, kitchen islands, and other areas of prominence are all great display options.
Many fish tank experts state that fish tanks should not be exposed to a lot of external light. Not only can this disturb any light-sensitive fish you may have, but more outside light can mean more algae that will need to be cleaned out.
The problem with algae is that it is hard to get rid of it, and even when you do, it keeps coming back.
A fish tank placed in a part of the house where it is constantly under intense sunlight is a recipe for problems. There’s a huge chance that over time green water and green glass will be predominate the fish tank. Direct sunlight can overheat the temperature in a fish tank really quickly.
Also worth noting that when the sun sets, the temperature in the fish tank also drops rapidly. This fluctuation is not ideal for Fish do not like fluctuation in the water temperature that can happen when in an extremely sunny room. Fish are cold blood species and are unable to regulate their body temperature as a human would. So, it is can be really unhealthy for your fish pets.
There are at least two problems with placing an aquarium near a door. First, you run the risk of the door itself or people walking into the room and accidentally knocking over the fish tank.
Secondly, if you open or close the door with any force, there’s a chance the force of the door slamming can be transmitted via shockwaves throughout the immediate vicinity. You don’t want to send literal shockwaves through your tank, so you will want to avoid this placement option.
The same goes for TVs, speakers, and other items which emit loud noise and vibrations.
Avoid Area with Fluctuating Temperatures
One of the reasons why fish make an attractive decorating option is because they’re both colourful and consistent. There’s something marvellously soothing about watching fish peacefully swim back and forth in the same consistent pattern.
That said, the enemy to any and all aquarium fish is sudden breaks with that consistent pattern, especially something as volatile as temperature.
Fish are creatures of habit, and their tank water suddenly rising or falling a few degrees can be quite unsettling.
For that reason, you’ll want to avoid placing them near areas where heat fluctuates regularly. This includes air conditioners, fans, heating vents, fireplaces, and radiators. Of course, those heating-related options are a bad idea anyway, unless you want your fish to start feeling like fish sticks.
Avoid Electrical Outlets
This one is a bit tricky, as it is probable that you’ll need electricity to run your tank, in which case it is entirely possible that you’ll need to connect at least some tank apparatuses to a power socket. With that said, you should keep the tank itself as far away from that socket as possible.
Water and electricity do not go together, and you do not want any water accidentally splashing on the outlet. Not only can this be extremely hazardous for your own home, but it can lead to electricity travelling via wires and water and into the tank itself – with tragic consequences.
With that said, you need at least one electrical outlet near your fish tank. It will make it easier to hook up all the necessary equipment an aquarium relies on to work properly. Equipment such as the fish tank filter, external protein skimmer, heater, lights, and air pump. The important thing is the electrical outlet should not be placed directly beneath the fish tank to avoid short circuits in the event of water leaking or spillage.
With these factors in mind, you’ll be able to find the perfect spot for your tank in your home.