Where to Place and Where not to Place an Aquarium Tank

Where to Place and Where not to Place an Aquarium Tank

One of the best things I love about aquarium design is that there is no limit to how creative you can get with your fish tank. But when it comes to where you can put your aquarium tank, there seems to be some limits. So in today’s post, we will share on where to put your aquarium as well as where you should not put them.

According to Home DIT, a Moody Aquarium Sink is one of the greatest design ideas that you should be thinking of. It makes your kitchen sink look better than any other part of the same room.

Moody Aquarium Sink

Another interesting design is this sink. It’s a combination of a regular sink and an aquarium. It’s called the Moody Aquarium Sink and it’s a wash basin that doubles as a lighted fish aquarium. It’s a very interesting idea but besides the beautiful design meant to be pleasant to the eyes, the fish could probably find several things that are wrong with this piece.

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The good thing about this design is beauty. It looks colorful, to be frank. And that’s exactly what you should be aiming for at the end of the day.

One of the mistakes many aquarium owners make is keeping their fish tank near the door. Pets Keeps Guide advises against doing this.

Do not locate an aquarium near a door

Fish can be scared and shocked every time the door is opened and closed. You might not feel much of a shock when you close a door, but it is too much for the fish. The shock traveling through solid matter is much stronger than it is through the air. It goes through the wall, the floor, the aquarium stand, the fish tank, the water, and all the way to the fish. They can feel it, which is too strong for them if the door is nearby. The shock of a door closing can be a significant stress factor for your fish. Therefore, keep the tank away from the door if you want to keep your fish healthy and long-lived.

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It is important to keep your fish healthy. So consider placing the tank somewhere in your living room. Doing this will not only keep the fish safe but also protect them from getting scared.

According to Open Space Feng Shui, keeping your tank in a sunny window is a very bad idea. Consider getting the tank far away from them sun rays.

Don’t place your aquarium in a sunny window!

The powerful rays of the sun heat up the water to temperatures that are too warm for your fish to be comfortable. The sun’s warmth also creates conditions in which aquarium water quickly grows cloudy and green – not good for your fish, and a lot of work for you!

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The goal here is to create a comfortable living environment for the fish in the tank.

Conclusion

The goal of this guide is to enable you think of more ideas to implement to make your aquarium look awesome to the viewer. Of course, there are no limits. However, make sure your design and placement are as realistic as possible.

Aquascaping Ideas You Have Not Tried Yet: Tips for Beginners

Aquascaping Ideas You Have Not Tried Yet: Tips for Beginners

I assume you are completely new to aquascaping and you want some handy tips to help you become a pro after weeks of practice. If that’s the case, this fish farming guide is for you. With that said, here are some of the best aquascaping ideas that you have not tried yet.

According to Fluval Aquatics, you need to pay attention to the basics even before you think of getting technical with the design. And that means starting by addressing what’s more important, which is the focus of the project.

WHERE TO START

In most aquascaped tanks, the hardscape consisting of wood and rocks is a given. Will they be the main focal point, or is this honor given to your plants? You also need to consider the plants themselves; low to medium light-plants require less maintenance, lighting and nutrient input versus high-light plants. You may really like a certain type of look but be aware of what the plants require as this will drive much of your aquarium hardware investment: Low-tech = less expensive, high-tech = more expensive.

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Addressing the initial parts of the project shouldn’t be hard. It all comes down to understanding what you want to achieve in the end.

One problem every beginner has is the fear of thinking outside the box. If this is something you haven’t tried before, Wet Web Media recommends you do so.

Think outside the box

If you aquarium is a slice of reality, then in your mind’s eye you need to imagine the riverbank or lake shore that it’s part of. Trees, sedges, reeds and many other plants may have their roots in the water, but mostly grow above it. Using large pieces of bogwood or bamboo canes it is possible to create the illusion of an ‘outside world’ by letting the tops of these things poke out above the water. Plastic plants attached to the hood or the rim of the tank can be allowed to trail into the water, suggesting a verdant bank of vegetation partially submerged by the water.

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Besides, the only way to bring out the best from your fish tank is to make it look different from the many tanks already out there.

If you have never implemented the golden rule, the Aqua Design PT recommends doing so. The goal of this rule is to add an appeal to your creation to make it look beautiful to the eyes.

Use the golden rule

The Golden rule as been around for ages, maybe almost as long as man itself. It is found everywhere, art, nature, construction. It basically is used to measure how to make something, albeit being a painting, picture or in this case a aquascape more appealing to the eyes. This is normally located 2/3 of the tank, basically, centered layouts do not look natural and apealing to the human eyes. But if you place your focal point, a bit to one of the sides, to follow this rule, you’ll see your scape instantly looking better.

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The golden rule is interested because there are no restrictions on where to use it. In other words, you can use it to design your fish tank the same way you would use it in landscaping.

Conclusion

These aren’t the only aquascaping ideas that can help you take your design to the next level. We recommend that you check out our home page to get more ideas that can help you create the best fish tank.

 

3 Most Popular Fish Tank Designs in History

3 Most Popular Fish Tank Designs in History

No Aquascaping guide for beginners out there that stresses more on style than we do. That’s because we believe that style goes hand in hand with creativity. And given that there aren’t any limits to what you can create when it comes to designing your fish tank, anything goes. However, if you are still struggling to get your design right, here are a few options for inspiration.

The Dutch Style is ranked first on the Aquarium Guide. This style has been around for a very long time, and it is easy to implement.

Dutch Style 

This style is characterized by many different types of plants with multiple leaf types. It’s commonly seen with raised ‘layers’, or terraces, known as Dutch ‘streets’. The floor is covered by either a carpet, or plants, with taller plants lining the back of the tank. Most noticeably, it usually has no hardscape—you won’t see much, if any, stone or driftwood in Dutch tanks.

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The Dutch Style is unique because it is something you have never tried before. And because it is simple to implement, you definitely want to try it.

Takashi Amano is one of the best aquarist that ever lived. And according to Planted Cube, he came up with a unique fish tank design, the Iwagumi Style.

Iwagumi Style

This is one of the most popular Aquascaping styles of the moment. It has been made popular by the father of contemporary Aquascaping, “Takashi Amano”. The Iwagumi style primarily revolves around the golden ratio and rule of thirds. Because the Iwagumi style balances on the use of stone it is advised you use odd numbers of it. The reason for this is to make sure your layout doesn’t balance, so you won’t view the layout as just one kind.

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If you are looking for a style that obeys the rule of proper balance, then you should not think twice about trying the Iwagumi Style.

Home DIT also recommends some of the best styles in the world, including options that you might never even think of as a person.

Moody Aquarium Sink

Another interesting design is this sink. It’s a combination of a regular sink and an aquarium. It’s called the Moody Aquarium Sink and it’s a wash basin that doubles as a lighted fish aquarium. It’s a very interesting idea but besides the beautiful design meant to be pleasant to the eyes, the fish could probably find several things that are wrong with this piece.

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To get the most out of these designs, it would be best to pick the ones you find interesting, and then implement them accordingly.

Conclusion

Many aquarists often appraise designs by Takashi Amano, probably because he was the father of fish tank design. But of course, you are spoiled for choice beyond his designs. So, you shouldn’t limit yourself when it comes to trying things out.

3 Aquarium Rules to Observe this Month

3 Aquarium Rules to Observe this Month

I am not the only one who struggled with aquarium design in the beginning. I am sure many people out there also have the same issue. Maybe a few rules can help you make sure you are doing things right. So here are the 3 basic aquarium rules that I would like you to observe this month.

The first thing you need to understand is that there are rules for setting up the tank. And, Marine Land has a very unique post on this.

Rules for Setting Up the Tank

Handle With Care. Never attempt to move a full or partially full aquarium. Never lift an aquarium with wet hands. Never attempt to lift aquarium by grasping upper edges or frame. Always grasp and carry an aquarium from underneath, supporting the bottom at all times.

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Before you go to the next rule, we recommend that you check the setup guide first, as it marks the foundation of the additional rules provided below.

The fluvalaquatics.com has outlined the best Ten Commandments for you, so you can have an easy time managing your aquarium.

Starting from Water Exchange to Water Testing

The old adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very true in aquarium keeping. An aquarium is a closed system and, as such, it requires your intervention to ensure proper water quality is maintained, support hardware is functioning correctly and, of course, that the fish that depend on you are taken care of properly.

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Because these rules are important, and you are a regular aquarist, it would be best if you wrote them somewhere for easy reference.

In addition to the Ten Commandments above, Algone has some advice that we think are important and worth checking out.

Keep Up With Your Daily Tasks

Daily: Make sure the equipment is running properly. Watch your fish during feeding. Behavioral changes are a good indicator of a potential problem.

Weekly: Count your fish. In case of fish death, smaller species can decompose quickly, resulting in ammonia and nitrite spikes, and eventually high nitrate levels.

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The daily tasks recommended might be too overwhelming. But, if you want to get the most out of your fish keeping, keeping up should not be hard for you.

Conclusion

These guidelines aren’t difficult to keep an eye on, if you ask me. Some of them might be challenging to remember, but they should be easy to master after a while nonetheless.

How to Choose Fish for a Fresh Water Aquarium Tank

How to Choose Fish for a Fresh Water Aquarium Tank

Choosing the best fish for your fish tank can be tricky for sure. But, if done right, you will have the right type of fish in your tank for the long haul. If you have no idea how to get started on this, then this guide is for you.

According to Live Aquaria, the first thing you need to do is to determine the category of fish that you would like to keep in your fish tank.

Determine the Category of Fish

To repeat what we mentioned earlier, there are over 3000 species of fish available. To help make your search for the right fish easier, we have divided the most commonly available tropical fish into 7 main categories. Each one of these categories contains fish that are similar in many of their traits. However, it should be emphasized that this listing is just an outline and there are often many unique differences between fish in the same family and individual research into each specific species should be done before making your final decision.

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With different categories out there, you are obviously not restricted to what you can choose. The category to choose comes down to personal preference anyway.

A post on TFH Magazine stresses that it is important to consider the health of the category of the fish you plan to keep in your fish tank.

Determine Health of the Fish

Look for obvious signs of disease on the fish’s body or any behavior that suggests the fish might be ill. This takes some careful observation, not just a cursory glance, so be sure to watch the specimen for a sufficient amount of time.

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At the end of the day, you don’t want to keep unhealthy fish in your tank. So, it’s important to concentrate on their health first before buying.

According to Wiki How, it is important to make sure you choose fish that will actually fit in your fish tank.

Choose Fish that Fit the Tank

If you already have an aquarium, you can use its size to help inform your decision regarding which fish to purchase. Do a little online research—or talk to knowledgeable sales staff at a pet store—to see how large specific species of fish will grow to be.

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Of course, it doesn’t make sense to buy fish in bulk if they will outgrow your fish tank. So, it is important to do your homework before spending money on fish.

Conclusion

Now that you know what to look at before picking the type of fish to store in your tank, it should be easy to make the right decision on the exact fish to choose and keep for the longest time possible.