Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: havre de grace, MD
I personally believe the "coffee table" aquarium idea is sort of a bust regardless as how well it's put together. Maybe if you had a 30 foot long, 6 foot wide, 12 inch deep aquarium with sting rays (see thatpetplace in PA) you would have something pretty nifty. The main problem with the idea is that you need a fish that looks awesome from the top down. Trouble is, fish are hard to see from the top down (helps to keep from becoming a snack for predators) So here's what I recommend.
Find an area in the room you want to display your fish where you can hang a 14 inch deep book shelf (most book shelves are NOT 14 inches deep) Then figure out the height the book shelf needs to be at. There are numerous places above my couches and other pieces of furniture that I wouldn't mind seeing an aquarium.
After you find every place you could put an aquarium, I would recommend finding the place which has the best visibility with the least amount of PITA factor when performing maintenance.
I had a 75G aquarium that I set about 18 inches higher than your average aquarium. It made a GREAT impression for the room, but getting the stool out of the addition, running a hose out the window for water changes, and covering my dining room table with a plastic tarp before doing trimmings was a huge pain. This led to me cutting my maintenance back from once a week to once a month. No fish deaths, but the water wasn't too clear, and I had some algae problems.
If you still 'just can't' figure out a good place for the aquarium, take some pictures of the room(s) and post them. I absolutely love interior/architectural design challenges involving aquariums. "Hi, I'm Moonshine, and I'm an aquaholic."
As a matter of fact, yes, I always post, or reply, in novels. I'm adding it to my signature because it seems like I say it in every post!
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