An aquarium in the home introduces color, life, interest, warmth and fascination to your decor.
However, there are a few things to consider before purchasing one.
Once you’ve decided on the size of the tank you’ll need to buy fish, plants, accessories etc. and allow your fish to settle into their new home. But that’s not all you need to do.
You’ll need an aquarium stand.
You need a stand that’s perfect for your aquarium and suits your style at the same time. There’s a wide variety to choose from, so buying one can be a challenging. Your choice will be determined by the size of your tank as well as the preferred style for your home.
Here’s some tips to help you.
Designs for your stand
The market has 2 major types of aquarium stands, the open and closed stand.
The open stand is usually constructed with light material, and has been designed to offer little structural support. Therefore it’s suitable for small and lightweight aquariums. I’d recommend this option if you’re using an aquarium or tank that’s 40 gallons or less. Anything heavier needs a different stand.
Closed stands, or fish tank cabinets are usually made of very strong and heavy wood, which means that they can support the largest tank. They’re the best choice for large aquariums as they offer ultimate stability.
The choice of material for your aquarium stand will vary depending on your tastes and preferences.
First consideration should be to choose a strong material that can support the weight of your aquarium, either metal or wood. You can then select a finishing style, to fit in with your decor. Some people prefer one material like wood or metal, while others like a combination. Some prefer metal to a wood finish because of its modern look and easy to clean. It’s also rust coated, unlike wood which will swell if it absorbs water and not properly coated for protection.
Water is heavy and you mustn’t forget that the tank is heavy too. Additionally you have gravel on the bottom of the aquarium that makes it that much heavier. Depending on the size of your aquarium, you may have as much as 15 pounds of weight, or even more, for each gallon.
This means that a weak stand will ultimately disappoint you and could be disastrous for your fish.
It’s important to consider purchasing a stand that will be able to give firm support to your aquarium. Aquarium stands are usually designed to support heavy loads, but you should always make sure you ask for the maximum weight.
Always choose a stand that can carry more weight than that of your aquarium, so that you don’t have to worry about accidents. Most aquarium tanks have a warranty, but make sure you read the disclaimer. The warranty will be null and void if you put the aquarium on any stand that is not especially designed for that purpose.
Choosing the perfect aquarium and stand really is worth the effort – it can be a stunning addition to your home.