Ideal Location For Your Saltwater Aquarium In Your Home

Finding The Ideal Location For Your Saltwater Aquarium In Your Home

Before deciding on aquarium tank size, one must first consider the ideal location for your saltwater aquarium in your living environment.

Beyond aesthetics, there are several places in the home where one should NOT place a saltwater aquarium:

  • Behind a door — Pretty obvious but you will be surprised at the number of people who have made this mistake.  We, and neither do our aquarium inhabitants, want to endure a wooden door bashing into the glass of the saltwater aquarium every now and then.
  • Near the TV, stereo hi-fi or home theater system where vibrations and sound will bother the fish.
  • Placing the tank where harmful fumes could possibly be drawn into the aquarium such as in a garage.
  • Putting the tank in the kitchen where cooking fumes and heat might affect the livestock or contaminate the water.
  • Placing the aquarium along a walkway or corridor in your house where constant passing traffic will disturb the fish.
  • Placing the tank in direct sunlight. A saltwater aquarium set next to a window will invite the proliferation of unwanted aquarium algae and green water.  Not to mention that intense heat during the day will cause aquarium temperatures to rise drastically, only to plummet even further at night.  Temperature swings are deadly to marine tank inhabitants who evolved in the extremely stable temperature environment of the ocean.
  • Over carpet or hard wood flooring — As any saltwater aquarium keeper will tell you, wet floors are a part of life.  Water will need to be changed, rock and coral will occasionally be rearranged , fish will need to be fed.  All these will result in saltwater on the floor.   Unless you want to deal with saltwater and marine microbes in your carpet, or having your hard wood flooring warping and lifting, it would be best if the aquarium could be set up over tile or concrete.  One solution would be to cut out a perimeter in the carpet or wood floor larger than the aquarium itself and lay vinyl tiles or a tough floor covering.  I would go with a perimeter of at least 12 inches all around, except at the back where a 6 inch clearance should more than suffice for equipment and wiring.   Another solution of course would be to lay lots of dry newspaper around the tank before doing any kind of maintenance.  Be forewarned that saltwater has a way of getting everywhere.  Newspaper or not.
  • Placing the aquarium where the floor cannot structurally support the weight. When one considers that a filled 3′ x 2′ x 2′  saltwater aquarium with tank stand weighs more than 500 lbs, this becomes the most important consideration of all.   I strongly suggest getting a contractor to do an estimate of the structural load that that part of the house can take, especially if you don’t have concrete floors.  This becomes absolutely critical if you’re considering installing your marine aquarium on the second floor.  We don’t it want to come crashing through the ceiling!

A Few More Considerations Before Actually Setting Up Your Saltwater Aquarium

Once you’ve made your decision on the ideal location for your new aquarium, mull it over for a couple of days.  Discuss it with your other half.

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Ideal Location For Your Saltwater Aquarium

It is always good to get final approval — although it may be begrudgingly given!

And unless you are setting up a nano saltwater aquarium of less than 15 gallons, bear in mind that once a larger aquarium is filled with saltwater and live rock, it will be impossible to move.  The only way to move a saltwater aquarium of anything more than 15 gallons will require removing the livestock and live rock and draining a good 90% of the water.  Something that might very well upset the eco-balance of the system.

Decide on its location and realise that your saltwater aquarium will have to remain there for years to come.

Links to more Saltwater Aquarium Setup pages:

Aquarium Tank Size | Length, Width And Height

Ready-Made Aquariums

Acrylic Aquariums

Custom-Built Glass Aquariums

Drilled Overflows Vs. Siphon Overflows

Aquarium Stands

Why Beginning Hobbyists Should Avoid Starting A Nano Aquarium

Aquarium Chillers

Aquarium Sump

Refugium

Sandbeds

Aquarium Covers | Put A Lid On It!

Cooling Fans

Powerheads

What You Don’t Need For Your Saltwater Aquarium!

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