While they may not be as cuddly as dogs or have as much personality as cats, fish make excellent pets. They exist in a breathtaking variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and exhibit a wide array of social behaviors. And, apart from the initial labor of setting up a tank, they’re relatively low-maintenance. If you have kids, they make for an excellent first pet and can help teach your children about the circle of life. If not, a well-placed fish tank can be a chic interior design choice, lending life and light in the most unexpected of places.
When shopping around for the right aquarium, there are a few things you should consider. Below are some tips to finding which aquarium best suits your interior design. Read on!
What Are Your Options?
Aquariums make a big statement and can transform any room. Before you start shopping around, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the common types of aquariums out there. The most common mistake that people make when it comes to choosing aquariums is opting for one that’s too large or too small. This could result in a space where there’s a very nice aquarium, but it also makes the rest of the room look a lot smaller than it actually is. While a ten-gallon tank is often the norm for starting out, you can go bigger or smaller, depending upon the space you have available and the number of fish you want to house.
Another reason many people will end up choosing the wrong aquarium type is because they aren’t sure what it will end up looking like. It’s possible to get some great aquariums at a discount, but you have to keep in mind that the fish and plants will play an important role in determining what the aquarium will look like in the end.
That being said, each kind of tank makes its own unique statement, and there’s an option for every kind of décor. Here are some common types of indoor aquariums to help you choose which best fits your home’s interior design:
- Rimless Aquariums
Most beginner aquariums come with a thick black rim around the top or bottom. While this rim does provide some structural support, it’s not essential and can often make the tank look bigger or clunkier than it really is. Selecting the best rimless aquariums, in contrast, will help this new addition to your home blend in seamlessly with its surroundings.
- Freshwater Hardscape
Stark and stylish, a freshwater hardscape involves freshwater fish paired with non-living decorations, such as driftwood or stones. This is a very simple setup for an aquarium, and creates an understated but attractive tank. Unfortunately, it may be susceptible to algae, so you may consider getting a reliable tank cleaner, such as snails or plecos. A hardscape tank often works well in rooms with muted colors and earth tones.
- Freshwater Planted Tropical
Most likely the most popular style of tank for families, setting up a tropical freshwater aquarium is a great option for beginners. There are so many colorful, widely accessible, and low-maintenance fish you can stock your tank with. The plants you choose add an extra dimension of color and style, and will also help keep your tank cleaner and your fish healthier.
- Green Wall
Assuming you have a lot of space for your aquarium, one option you might consider is a stylish ‘green wall.’ This long tank style, often taking up the length of an entire wall, is filled with aquatic plants and, occasionally, fish. This creates a kind of ‘living wall’ effect in any room, and can bring a lot of color, life, and light to sparsely decorated spaces.
- Saltwater Fish And Coral
This tank is harder to maintain than a freshwater tank, but provides a completely different color palette. Instead of green aquatic plants, a saltwater tank will typically better support coral, starfish, or even anemones as bits of living décor. Pastels and lighter colors usually dominate in this kind of tank.
This last choice might surprise you, but a jellyfish tank is a very stylish option for bringing a bit of aquatic life to your home. A well-lit tank of jellyfish is an almost meditative thing to behold as the jellyfish float lazily about and reveal different, unexpected colors. Jellyfish look especially good in circular or tall cylindrical tanks that allow for plenty of vertical movement.
Enjoy Your New Aquarium!
Deciding to start an aquarium is an excellent hobby. There’s so much to learn, and so many hours of enjoyment to be had watching your fish enjoy their new home. Plus, having an aquarium doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your interior design style; quite the contrary, it may even end up enhancing it. With these key tips, you can be sure to choose the right aquarium for your home.