The Three Best Places to Keep Fish Tank at Home
Adding a fish tank is a marvelous way to add good Feng Shui to any home. Scientists and non-professionals alike agree that watching fish swim is one of the most relaxing and mood-altering forms of entertainment available anywhere today.
What are the three best places to keep a fish tank at home?
Depending on the size, shape, and type of fish tank, the four best places to place an aquarium are:
- The kitchen
- The bedroom
- The bathroom
In this article, some general rules about displaying a fish tank and the four positions for a fish tank listed above will be discussed along with the do’s and don’ts when deciding which room to display fish.
Placing a Fish Tank in the Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of most homes where family and friends love to congregate, so it is natural to want to show off a fish tank there. However, there are a few do’s and don’ts that must be followed to allow the homeowner to enjoy their fish tank in safety for both the health of the fish and the humans who enjoy them.
A place not to place fish tanks in the kitchen is near a heat source such as the stove, oven, or refrigerator as heat will cause the water to become to warm, and the fish will die.
One other thing to consider when placing a fish tank in the kitchen is the threat of salmonella poisoning from the fish. Most of us wouldn’t think about this being a danger, but recent research in Australia has confirmed that many salmonella poisoning cases reported and an untold number that is not being caused by having a fish tank in the home.
To avoid salmonella poisoning, one needs only to not wash aquarium accessories in the kitchen or bathroom sink or tub, and if this is not possible, sanitize these areas well after use.
Locating a Fish Tank to the Bedroom
Having a fish tank in the bedroom is a wonderful way to enhance sleep, as watching the fish swim is relaxing and can make one drowsy. As with the kitchen, there are several do’s and don’ts to remember when setting up a fish tank in the bedroom.
For one, it is vital that homeowners make sure to place the aquarium on a sturdy, level surface that can bear the weight of the tank, fish, and water. Taking into consideration all the weight of the aquarium, water, and gravel together, a ten-gallon fish tank weighs around one hundred and eleven pounds. Because the weight is so great, homeowners should never place a fish tank in a position where it can fall on sleeping occupants.
Make certain to keep the temperature of the bedroom at a level that is not too hot or cold because it can affect the temperature and quality of the water, which in turn affects the health of the fish.
One vital point to remember is that fish tanks are noisy with the continual hum of the air pump and the bubbling of the water as it comes out of the filter. Also, you cannot turn off the aquarium light at night as it is needed to help keep the fish comfortable. So, if a homeowner has problems sleeping, keeping a fish aquarium in the bedroom is not an appropriate choice.
Keeping a Fish Tank in the Bathroom
Most people would never think of setting up a fish tank in a bathroom, but if one is careful, it is actually a marvelous place to put one. However, there are many things to consider before doing so, including:
- Electricity and water do not mix
- The humidity and heat from the shower
- The bathroom can be a high traffic room
- The chemicals used in the bathroom
The best place to place a fish tank in the bathroom is on a stand near enough to a power source to run the necessary appliances in the tank, but far enough away from the shower or tub to keep the temperatures inside the tank optimal. (Amazon.com Link)
Electricity and Water Do Not Mix
Fish tanks require an outlet or two to run the light and the aeration pump. If there is an outlet that is safely away from the shower and sink, then by all means, set up an aquarium in the bathroom. However, if the outlet in the bathroom is in an awkward place such as beside the sink, even with a breaker it can become a hazard when locating a fish tank nearby and using it to run the pump and light.
The Humidity and Heat from the Shower
Everyone knows how taking a hot shower or bath steams up the bathroom. If a fish tank is located in the bathroom with all that humidity and heat, the fish can die. This is because the types of fish that most people choose for their aquariums are extremely sensitive to changes in the temperature of their water.
The Bathroom is a High Traffic Room
Besides the kitchen, the bathroom is the most trafficked room in most homes. The danger of all this traffic is damage that can be done to the tank by someone bumping or tapping on the tank. Doing these things can cause a leak along with a corner seal or, worse, the tank to shatter, spilling the contents of the tank onto the floor causing a catastrophic mess and killing the fish.
If, however, the bathroom in the home is quiet and few people visit it per day, then having a fish tank in the bathroom is a brilliant idea.
The Chemicals Used in the Bathroom
The bathroom is where most of the chemicals homeowners use in their homes reside. There are cleansers, perfumes, deodorants, and a host of other chemical agents used in the bathroom nearly every day.
Fish and chemicals do not get along, and it would be almost impossible to ensure that the sprays and powders used in modern bathrooms are hazardous to the fish. However, if the bathroom in a homeowner’s home is quiet and the chemicals are kept out of the bathroom, then having a tank in the bathroom is fine.
Five General Rules About Displaying a Fish Tank
Here are five general rules when deciding where to display a fish tank. These tips include:
- Start small
- Consider the Décor
- Keeping the Fish Tank Away from Windows
- Keeping the Fish Tank Away from Furnace Vents
- Keeping the Fish Tank Away from Air Conditioning
After examining the basics, we can explore more elaborate and important decisions.
First, start small. If the homeowner is a novice at owning a fish tank, they need to begin with a ten-gallon fish tank on a stand. Although they do not add a drastic change to the décor of a room, small tanks can be located just about any place there is a safe outlet. After owning the ten-gallon tank for a while, then add a larger tank or go rogue and built it into the wall or furniture.
Consider the Décor
When choosing where to place a fish tank, consider the décor of your home. If you have simple tastes in furniture, then a fish tank on a stand will suffice. However, if the homeowner favors more eclectic or modern décor then they might choose to buy a fish tank built into furniture or that comes as furniture.
Keeping the Fish Tank Away from Windows
It is vital that a fish tank is kept away from windows as direct sunlight, or even indirect sunlight, promotes the growth of bacteria and algae in the water. These two items are dangerous to the health of the fish and can produce a foul smell that will permeate the home.
Keeping the Fish Tank Away from Furnace Vents
The safety of the fish requires that the fish tank not be located close to a furnace vent as, like with the window, it will grow algae and other unhealthy plants that leech away oxygen from the water and can make fish sick if they eat it.
Another reason not to locate the tank near a furnace vent is the temperature of the water in the tank must remain at what is optimum for the type of fish the homeowner has chosen for the fish tank.
Keeping the Fish Tank Away from Air Conditioning
As with locating the fish tank near a furnace vent, keeping a fish tank too near an air conditioner or air conditioner duct will lower the water temperature and kill the fish.
5 Unusual Places to Set Up a Fish Tank
So far, this article has dealt with the ordinary places people put fish tanks. Now it is time to explore five rather unusual places to set up a fish tank. The five we shall discuss include:
- A Fish Tank Built Into Kitchen Cabinets
- Fashioning a Fish Tank Inside a Coffee Table
- An Aquarium Headboard
- Fish Tanks Built into Other Furniture
- Fish Tanks Placed Inside a Wall
A Fish Tank Built Into Kitchen Cabinets
The kitchen has already been mentioned in this article as a possible location for a fish tank. However, those tanks would be located on a countertop, table, or on a stand. A fish tank built into the kitchen cabinets is another clever way to highlight your aquarium and fish.
The one drawback to building a fish tank into the kitchen cabinetry is that it will take up space that might be best used for the storage of dishes, food, and appliances.
If a homeowner wants a showstopper of a display of their fish tank, then building it into the kitchen cabinet design is the way to go. (YouTube Video)
Fashioning a Fish Tank Inside a Coffee Table
One incredibly unique place to put a fish tank is under a coffee table with a translucent glass top. Picture a beautiful circular or square tank with lovely fish swimming in it holding glasses and horderves.
While this is a gorgeous way to highlight a homeowner’s fish, it has its drawbacks. The main con to having a coffee table aquarium is that people love to place their feet on top of a coffee table. In doing so, they could damage the top or even break it, releasing gallons of water onto the carpet or hardwood flooring and killing the fish.
The same can be said about people sitting around the coffee table, moving their feet. Normal behavior can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars in replacement costs for the fish tank and repairs to their living room or den flooring.
An Aquarium Headboard
Having a large fish tank located either above the bed or inset into the wall as a headboard is a unique and lovely way to display fish. Of course, as with all other locations having a fish tank for a headboard has its pros and cons.
One pro is the beauty of lying either directly in front of or even below a fish tank gives an ambiance to a room like no other. The glow of the light as it passes through the water, the sound of the waterfall filtering device, and the motion of the fish as they swim serenely in the water are all conducive to conversation and sleep.
The largest con is the danger that having a fish tank so close to a person’s sleeping quarters. Should the tank rupture, there would be an enormous amount of water pour down on the unsuspecting and sleeping person below. The weight of the water itself can be deadly but added in are the dangers of the weight of the gravel and the broken glass shards.
Although the breakage of a fish tank, such as in the scenario above, would be quite unusual, it is possible as most tanks use a bonding agent to hold the seams together.
Fish Tanks Built into Other Furniture
Homeowners can be clever when it comes to what type of furniture they would like to incorporate into their homes when it comes to furniture. Lamps, clocks, or any type of standalone furniture can be purchased or built into a lovely aquarium piece of furniture.
It is vital to consider when deciding whether to purchase an aquarium built into a piece of furniture if the area is to be placed in high traffic or bright with sunlight area as neither would be conducive to this type of design feature.
With this type of aquarium design, one can take apart, refinish, and use an old piano to build a beautiful fish tank display that is breathtaking and a true conversation piece.
Fish Tanks Placed Inside a Wall
When a homeowner is remodeling their home, one clever way to display an aquarium is to build it inside a wall. The display can be set up so that the tank can be viewed from the front as well as the back and will bring hours of showstopping joy to the occupants of the home and visitors alike.
With having a wall fish tank, the aquarium can be literally up to any size so long as it fits the dimensions of the wall.
The most obvious danger to having a wall fish tank is the danger posed should it break or leak. A fish tank that takes up an entire wall would hold many gallons of water weighing hundreds of pounds. Should the fish tank break, it would send tens to hundreds of gallons of water into the wall causing severe water damage.
Due to the water damage to the wall, the damage might not be contained only to the wall from which the tank burst. Mold can and will grow if the water isn’t sufficiently cleaned up, and the water can get under the floor joists where mold and water damage will rot the wood possibly compromising the structural integrity of the home.
Fresh Water Versus Salt-Water Fish Tanks
Choosing between fresh and saltwater fish tanks depends on a lot of variables, including where in the home it will be located. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, including:
The Experience Level of the Homeowner with a Fish Tank
The Amount of Money the Homeowner is Willing to Spend
The Time the Homeowner Has to Maintain the Fish Tank
Taking a look at these three important variables may help homeowners decide which type of tank they wish to purchase and where to exhibit them.
The Experience Level of the Homeowner with a Fish Tank
If the homeowner is just starting out, having a fish tank than a freshwater aquarium is definitely the way to go. They are easy to clean, treat, and clean, plus the fish that live in freshwater fish tanks are not easily killed from minor changes in the environment like saltwater fish can be.
It is highly recommended that amateur fish tank owners begin with freshwater fish tanks and build their experience before moving on to saltwater.
This article has already discussed the best placement for a freshwater fish tank.
The Amount of Money the Homeowner is Willing to Spend
Saltwater fish tanks are expensive to purchase, maintain, and display. The costs of the aquarium are augmented by the prices of the fish that go in them. Homeowners would be best off buying the largest saltwater tank available to help with the filtration process to keep the salt level right for the fish to thrive.
Obviously, a huge tank requires a huge space to place it in, and this type of tank works best either built into large pieces of furniture such as a kitchen island or a wall.
The Time the Homeowner Has to Maintain the Fish Tank
The maintenance of a saltwater tank is much more difficult than a freshwater fish tank. This is because the salt and minerals can stick to the sides of the aquarium, eventually blocking the view and the corrosiveness of the water on pumps and filters.
When built into a wall or special type of furniture, it may require a great deal of time and effort to clean a saltwater tank as there may be climbing and hard to reach areas to gain access to the fish tank.
There are three basic types of filtration systems that can aid in the time and effort of maintaining a saltwater fish tank; they are:
- A Live Rock Filtration System
- A Mechanical Filtration System
- A Chemical Filtration System
Each of these filtration systems has its pros and cons, but for the purposes of time and energy spent dealing with the fish tank, either a chemical or mechanical filtration system may be right for the homeowner.
8 More Places Homeowners Should Never Place a Fish Tank
It requires a lot of careful consideration to choose where to place fish tanks of any type, but three are eight places homeowners should never place them.
- Never Put a Fish Larger than Ten Gallons on Top of a Desk or other Furniture. This is especially true if the furniture in question is not made to hold a heavy aquarium full of over one-hundred pounds of water.
- Never Put a Fish Tank at home near a door. If a fish tank is located near a door that is frequently opened and closed, the fish will become frightened from the shockwaves that are transmitted through the water. Becoming frightened often is not good for the health of the fish.
- Do Not Set the Fish Tank at home on the Floor. It is highly recommended that a fish tank is not placed on the floor because it can easily accidentally become kicked, or something might fall into it that will harm the fish.
- Don’t Place a Fish Tank at home in the Center of a Large Room. The weight of the fish tank is prohibitive of being located in the center of the room where the floor isn’t as supported as by a wall. It is recommended that a fish tank be located near a wall or doorway.
- Do not locate a fish tank at home too close to a television or to speakers. The flashing of the light from the television screen and the loud sound from speakers will bother the fish by causing them stress.
- Never set up a fish tank at home directly above an electrical outlet or power strip. A fish tank holds a great deal of water, and it isn’t a clever idea to place a tank where it might leak or even have water splashed out into a power strip or onto an outlet. This is not safe and is strictly not recommended.
- Don’t set up a fish tank at home where no one can see it. Becoming aware that something has gone wrong with a fish tank is vital to fixing the problem before it turns deadly for the fish or ruins the homeowner’s carpet or worse.
- Do not set a fish tank too far from access to water. If the fish tank too far away from a water source, it will force whoever cleans it to haul water over a larger distance than if it were close up. Since a fish tank requires regular maintenance including changing the water, it is wise to heed this advice.
Choosing a Space in the Home that is Less Stressful for the Fish
Fish do not do well when they become stressed. In fact, some of the most expensive saltwater fish will die if they are exposed to stress. This article has already touched on two of the major sources of stress for fish, being near a television and too close to a door. While fish can handle some stress, when it is ongoing and chronic, their health will suffer, and an expensive hobby can turn into a wallet-draining tragedy.
Another cause of stress in the fish in a homeowner’s house is people banging or knocking on the glass. This can happen if the tank is placed too close to a heavy traffic area where people who do not understand may disturb the fish in an effort to enjoy them.
It is obvious that choosing the area where the fish are to display is just as vital as the tank and water in which they swim.
Ridding Fish of Environmental Stress
Although fish may seem fine in their tank, if they begin to sicken and die it is time to check for stressors in their environment. These stressors may include:
- Lack of proper nutrition
- Water that is too cold or hot
- Bringing new fish into the fish tank
However, if a homeowner has eliminated all other causes of stress for the fish, it is time to look at the placement of the tank within the home.
One vital piece of information for homeowners who are becoming aquarists to remember is that it may take weeks or even months before the fish who are experiencing too much stress begin to appear ill or they find one or two dead. It is highly recommended that homeowners do not wait until they lose expensive fish to stress but rather pay close attention to where they place the fish tank in the first place to eliminate the problem.
Another important tip is to remember that once a fish tank is set up, it is immensely difficult to move it to another location in the home. Careful thinking taking into consideration all the ins and outs of where a homeowner is considering placing a fish tank can save a lot of time, energy, and money later.
Hi, my name is Adam and I’m an aquarium enthusiast! I didn’t discover the joys of being an ‘aquarium fanatic’ (as some of my friends call me!) until I was in my 20’s. When I first started out I found it difficult to find all the information I needed so I started this website to compile all the useful information I can think of. Enjoy!
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