After some considerations
pay now some of our attention to the appropriate placement for the tank.
10 basic rules for
sustainable aquarium hobby
suggested at this website, these two actions are at reverse order. By other
words, first comes first and careful planning must be always the start off
all the process.
Rule nº1, at the above mentioned suggestion ( with reference to sustainable
aquarium hobby ), it’s precisely to keep always in mind that one must
consider every of the possible consequences, before setting up an aquarium.
Among other reference topics developed at the five sub-headings there are
two crucial ideas – the safety question in addition to the biological and
environmental demands of living creatures as well.
Modern aquariums, particularly in industrial countries, work with several
electrical equipments and devices. In such cases it becomes obvious that,
one way or another, an electric power socket mustn’t be distant from the
chosen place. This should become one of the first concerns while decide for
On the other hand, water and electrical energy are not well-matched at all.
Please seek advice from an electricity technician about the security crucial
At an model outfit, all electric power socket near a tank must be placed
above water level. This will avoid any accidents during water managing like
at some stage of partial water changes or eventual leaks.
Weight is no doubt another important safety issue.
As large an aquarium water capacity is... as great the pressure over the
installing location will be.
In a less accurate approach, we can assume here that one litre weights as
much as one kilogram.
To find the end result it’s indispensable to calculate and sum of the empty
tank, plus water, plus eventual equipments, plus rocky decorations and
gravel weights. Even so, a 10% extra load must be considered in order to
assure a more truthful heaviness and an extra resistance regarding the
Fallowing this suggestion, an 80 litres tank will weight as much as 95
kilograms or more, when completely assembled and at work.
As large the water capacity as high security reservations we must have with
it. Generously proportioned aquariums have to regard your best attention on
the subject of the floor strength. Particularly in older buildings, the area
where the aquarium support piece of furniture will be placed must be very
For a 100 litres capacity full assembled tank, the ultimate weight will be
around 150 kilograms. This load is quite concentrated in a small area of
around 32 cm2. Besides this enormous heaviness for such little spot don’t
forget persons around watching the aquarium in addition. This will increase
the payload with a potential extra charge of... whatever the rate of extra
Older wood flooring supported by beam structures or even some apartments
concrete grounding should be very well thought-out before installation of
larger aquariums, primarily the overweight ones. In many cases is
indispensable to seek advice from a specialist.
On the above lines, living payload was not under our concern as their total
influence is negligible in the full amount.
Has a base for any aquarium not placed directly in a stable ground, please
consider a well-built and robust piece of furniture for support it.
For water capacity exceeding 80 litres, the proper furnishings for the tank
placement must be well built thinking in such final purpose. Warranty of a
supplemental resistance up to 20% to 25% of extra weight is essential, ( by
written if necessary ).
In case of doubt do not hesitate to search at local pet shop trade for best
recommendation and even final acquirement.
The support perfect horizontally is sometimes neglected with risk of rupture
sooner or later.
Several earliest domestic aquariums could fell over water pressure or start
to loose water simply because the base was not in a flat horizontal plan.
To look for the perfect plane use an air bubble levelling device or other
more sophisticated substitute, prior to set up.
Another important and indispensable aspect, common to all the locations, is
A shaking place or frequent quivering must not be allowed in any
circumstances at all.
Besides secondary effects on many living creatures’ good physical condition
and wellbeing, trembling represents extra effort at glass as well as to
joints in particular. Even with modern glue and thank assembling technique,
there is a real risk of water leaks happening someday.
Between the aquarium and the support fittings, the best base is, no doubt,
an expanded polystyrene plaque with enough tallness to hold up the setup
This alternative also allows to get a perfect thermal isolation and even to
compensate minor base irregularities, ( undetected before the tank set up ).
The location it self must also never be uncared for.
Today it isn’t fundamental to place the tank near by a window anymore.
On modern lightning systems, ( provided with special lamps ), the natural
sun light can be very well reproduced indoors. Conversely, some lightning
tubes are made to obtain the best light spectrum to accomplish plants and
some water communities’ best illumination requirements.
This allows us to choose literally any location whatsoever; even a dark
corner of a living room or a place underground, were natural daylight never
Direct sunlight must only be used with lightning purpose by specialized
Only a few species do need natural luminosity and besides algae boom
problems, the sun radiance can disturb water temperature increasing it in to
prohibitive levels by summer as well as in tropical climates.
An aquarium can in fact become a very decorative piece in an elapsed dark
Even so remember always that, prior to ornamental issues, the living
residents ecology must be respected in first place.
Please keep in mind that some aspects concerning the selected location must
be avoided at all cost. Aggressions like smoke, sudden temperature
fluctuations ( up or down ), high thermal amplitude, heat or cold sources
near by ( similar to a fireplace or hearth, heat radiators, air conditioning
), intense odours, bad atmosphere ( gases ), bewilderment and people
constantly in progress near by, strong noises, and so on, should never take
place in the proximity of an aquarium.
If an ultimate effective reduction on these negative effects can’t be held,
than another place must be preferred.
Planning is than imperative. Besides all that above was make clear, moving
an aquarium at work is totally out of the question. This operation would
reveal to become impracticable, if not by the weightiness of it self, the
accident and fall down risk as well as permanent leaks or even rupture
happen to become a factual threat. Such unthinkable action could also result
in some additional hassle to the fauna inside the moving thank, with
explicit stress consequences throughout a relatively long time after.
Remember also that biology of future residents must never be out of question
during the project stage.
The perfect form is to start with the appropriate fish, invertebrates and
plants, according to local year round conditions. The contrary can also be
alleged but this isn’t an assignment for beginners.
Even if you want to start by quite out of the ordinary animals and plants
never relegate the above recommendations. For instance, some fish will not
stand or thrive under the highest temperatures of local summer season or
can’t be acclimatized at indoors ambience at all.