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Tropical Fish Tank Set-up

Before one goes out and purchases a fish tank it is important to spend time planning. Remember once your tropical fish tank set-up is complete you will not be able to move the tank again without emptying it.

One of the major considerations is weight. When you think that an imperial gallon of water weighs ten pounds then even a small to medium sized tank of say 36 gallons ( 165-litre/44-US gallons ) will weigh 360 lbs ( 165kg ) and that is just the water. Then you must take into account the sand or gravel you intend to use and any decorations such as rocks or ornaments. The weight of the tank glass and filters, heaters and any other equipment you intend to use is important to consider too. In total your tank of 36 gallons could weigh in the region of 450 lbs. With this in mind a sturdy, solid base would be required. Purpose built cabinets are your best bet especially for large tanks, say anything over 50 litre ( 10 gallon ). If you intend to use an existing piece of furniture make sure it can handle the weight and that it is flat and not warped.

If you have bought or intend to buy a glass tank then you need to place it on a surface that will prevent any small imperfections in the cabinet top from causing damage to the glass. The smallest piece of grit could cause the glass to crack. A good substance to use is a piece of polystyrene about 6mm thick. Just cut it to the size of your cabinet top.

Another point to consider in your tropical fish tank set-up planning is where to put it. It is not a good idea to site it near a window as the excessive sunlight could cause algae problems. Also do not put it in a passage way or area of constant human traffic. While your tank is still empty try it in different areas to see how it blends in with the rest of your furniture and this way choose the best place for it. Remember once it is in position there it stays unless you want to empty it and start your tropical fish tank set-up all over again. You should also at this stage consider things like what kind of filter you intend to use, will it be an internal one or will it be an external canister type.

I have just covered the very basics of the planning stage of a tropical fish tank set-up here. One could write a book on this subject alone, which is not my intention here. Happy fish keeping to all.


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