How To Design A Fish Tank

Knowing how to design a fish tank can help you tremendously when purchasing an aquarium. Sure, you can always go with the standard rectangular tank design and it will probably be very nice. Even an otherwise average setup can be enhanced by a beautiful stand and canopy (wood, acrylic, metal, etc). But let’s face it, canopy and stand designs can only raise the appeal so much.

acrylic tankDesigning an aquarium from bottom to top with all aspects from stand, tank, canopy, filter and lighting allows the hobbyist to become completely familiar with the system. The first concern is what kind of fish do you want to house. What do they need to thrive? The next thing to consider is where is it going to be displayed. Though it might be more cost efficient to have the aquarium be placed on a stand, many people choose to have the tank built in to the wall. Due to the nature of in wall tanks, the process must be thought through and it’s probably best to consider installing one at the same time that other renovation work is being done. Having an aquarium built to your exact specifications can lead to some really beautiful systems.

Ok. Now you know what kind of fish you want and where you want to put it. It’s time to plan the type of filter that you want. It’s imperative that you know before you order the tank. Some filters require the aquarium to be drilled ahead of time. If that’s the case, make sure you remember the fittings and bulkheads that will be necessary. What other equipment are you going to need? External heater? Chiller? Protein skimmer? Auto refill for evaporation? The equipment has to be housed under or near the tank.

Lighting also has to be considered before any purchases are made. Are the lights going to be mounted or are they going to rest on top of the tank? Freshwater systems need totally different lighting than that of saltwater, especially reef tanks. Are the lights going to add heat to the tank? Metal halides in particular can cause a few degrees elevation in water temperature. Do the lights have a remote ballast that needs to be kept with the other equipment? Make sure that there is plenty of ventilation so that heat can escape. Ventilation will also not allow moisture to build up in the canopy which can cause wood to expand and split.

Whatever your aquarium system expectations may be, make sure you do a good amount of research first. Certain full reefprojects will require more planning and installation work than others. Make sure to take this into consideration early on. Nothing worse than forgetting something because of rushing to get the tank done. If you’re not confident in your ability to install such a tank, ask your local stores for service companies in your area that install tanks. Resources on the internet can be helpful in building such spectacular aquariums. It’s always helpful to have professional input to ensure you get the look you are after. How to design a fish tank isn’t rocket science. Planning ahead can make the journey much more enjoyable.

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How To Design A Fish Tank
Taking into considerations all of the necessary things that go into an aquarium before any purchase can save money in the long run and deliver some outstanding results.

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