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A Guide to Setting Up and Maintaining a Large Private Aquarium

Updated on March 24, 2015
A large private aquarium can take a great deal of time and effort to set up and maintain, but its unique beauty will be worth it.
A large private aquarium can take a great deal of time and effort to set up and maintain, but its unique beauty will be worth it. | Source

Owning a super-sized aquarium, especially one with larger fish in it, can be quite a challenge. However, if you take a few important steps to ensure that the aquarium is properly set up and maintained, there is no reason why you cannot enjoy owning a beautiful fish aquarium that will serve as a breathtaking conversation starter when guests visit your home.

Placement

Believe it or not, the placement of the aquarium itself is very important. Proper placement will depend primarily on the type of fish you want it to contain. Keep in mind as well that placing your tank in an area that receives too much sun exposure will increase the rate at which it grows algae, making it a nightmare to clean. Of course, you will also want to place the tank in an area that displays it to the best possible advantage. There is no sense in building a giant aquarium if every inch of it cannot be admired by people passing through the room.

Arowanas are a popular option for stocking a large private aquarium.
Arowanas are a popular option for stocking a large private aquarium. | Source

Filtration

Your tank’s filtration system is not an area to scrimp – go for a high-quality, reliable system. The relatively small amount of money a cheaper system might save you in the short term could very well cost you far more in the long run if and when it breaks.

You can create a private aquarium as large and elaborate as your budget and available space will allow.
You can create a private aquarium as large and elaborate as your budget and available space will allow. | Source

Fish Type

You should also choose the type of fish your aquarium will contain very carefully. Certain types of fish do not mix well together. Your pet store or fish supplier should be able to guide you in choosing the right fish for your situation – ones that will get along well with each other and that will thrive in the tank environment you are designing.

The specific fish you choose, of course, will vary widely based on your personal preferences, the type of aquarium you set up and similar factors. However, many people who set up large private aquariums prefer two types of fish in particular:

  • Oscars: These are the most popular "giant aquarium" fish. They can be aggressive towards smaller fish, but do well in an environment surrounded by larger fish.
  • Arowanas: These are extremely large fish that can grow up to three feet long. Their popularity stems from the fact that they are both pleasant to look at and very peaceful. They display no aggression towards other big fish.

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Fish Quantity

The last step, and perhaps the most important, is to ensure that you stock your aquarium with the proper number of each variety of fish. For some types of fish, purchasing just one or two is not good for their health. Some types of fish do not mind being loners, but many fish become lonely and isolated and can develop health problems if they are not among others of their species. The specific number that is ideal will depend on the breed, of course; again, your pet shop or fish dealer can help ensure that you select the right number.

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