Consider a wall-mounted aquarium for a unique view of aquatic life. This type of aquarium comes in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Since the aquarium is hung at eye level, it is a way to keep children from putting their hands in the water to play with the fish. Read on to learn how to install a wall-mounted aquarium.
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Plan where to put the wall-mountain aquarium. It will be the focal point of the room. The narrow design of a wall-mounted aquarium also lends itself to being used as a room divider that allows the fish to be viewed from both sides.
Allow for a tank size large enough for your fish. As a result of the narrow size of most wall-mounted aquariums, your fish may not get enough oxygen. You may need to stock the aquarium with smaller fish instead.
Decide how you will maintain your aquarium. Determine the easiest way to clean the tank. Ease in cleaning should be an important factor in where you hang your aquarium.
Make sure there is an electrical outlet within reach of the aquarium. Also, consider where the electrical cords are going to be placed so they will not be in the way.
Determine where the wall studs will be placed. You must find studs sturdy enough to support the weight of the aquarium with water, fish and equipment. Even a small aquarium can weigh up to 75 pounds. A larger model may weigh as much as 300 pounds. Not all studs will support that much weight.
Install the aquarium. Be sure you have all the tools you need before you start. With some models, it is possible to build cabinets above and below. These not only serve as storage units for the aquarium, but they also hide the electrical cords.
Tips and warnings
- Wall-mounted aquariums are expensive. As with all things expensive, it may be a good idea to hire a professional to install your aquarium, especially if you are unsure of the load-bearing capabilities of your wall studs.