Before actually purchasing an aquarium the most important task is deciding where to put it. The location of the tank should not be purely aesthetic. There are many different considerations that have to be taken into account. In some instances, once the aquarium is in place, it may have to remain there permanently. With smaller tanks relocation isn’t much of an issue. However, large aquariums cannot easily be moved from one corner to the next, especially if you are dealing with considerable amounts of salt water. With some careful planning and common sense your choice of location will allow your tank to function successfully.
Generally, before people choose the location of their aquarium, they would have an approximate size in mind. Quite often, a hobbyist considering a large aquarium will build in any available empty space. However, on many occasions, not enough thought is given to particular issues: Will the tank be maneuvered easily through the house to its proposed position?
Will the intended location take the weight?
Is there an accessible power point?
Here are some things to consider before you purchase the tank:
1. Is the room really large enough to have an aquarium tank?
Can you still walk comfortably without joining the fish? Remember, you have to be able to clean it and feed fish daily.
2. Are you able to move the tank through doorways, hallways and up stairs if needed? Large tanks are heavy, and need many hands. Hallways must take helpers as well as the tank.
3. Can the floor or house take the weight? On average, an eight-foot tank will weigh around 1 ton. Most upstairs floors will need reinforcing to take such a large amount of weight in such a small area. If in doubt, seek professional advice. It would be unwise to guess when dealing with such a large mass.
4. Will the room supply the power needed? With internal filters, external pumps, heaters, and lights the power required soon adds up. Make sure you don‘t have too much power loading up one point. Avoid double adapters and extension leads.
5. Will the aquarium be at risk of damage? Pool tables and dartboards are aquariums’ worst enemies. If there is a risk of possible danger, choose another spot. If there is a possibility that something could happen, it usually does. Watch small children as they have ways of testing the waters! Be aware of the possibility of things being put in the tank inadvertently and of children being able to reach the tank. Tanks are like pools. Without adult supervision, there is real danger. Otherwise, they are the best of fun.
6. Will the tank be prone to insecticides, or chemicals? It doesn’t take much poison to kill fish. With ventures on filters anything sprayed around will enter the tank immediately and diffuse rapidly. If there is a problem with insects, exterminate before building the tank. Otherwise, you may exterminate your fish also.
7. Natural light? If you wish to have plants and coral, some added natural light could be an advantage. However, if you are not into plants and coral, and don’t want to be cleaning algae often, watch for over-lit rooms.
8. Safety !! Emergency exits and fire escapes must not be blocked. I’m not in favor of blocking Windows with tanks. If possible place tanks in areas away from windows and doorways.