In 2017/18, freshwater fish were the most kept pet in the U.S in terms of volume, with Americans owning around 139 million of them within that timeframe. It will, therefore, come as no surprise that millions of homes across the U.S have one, if not several, home aquariums. Most people buy standard-sized aquariums and add a water filter and some planting. Others like to do things on a far grander scale and have an aquarium built-in to the structure of their property. Filling a built-in aquarium with many species of beautiful fish; carefully considered coral and planting, and some exquisite mood lighting can create an amazing yet functional feature in your home. If this is something that you are considering, there are a few things you should ponder over before making your decision.
Where will it go?
Considering where your built-in aquarium will go is one of the first things you need to decide. If you spend most of your time in the living room then that may be the room of choice. Aquariums can be very relaxing, and so if you want a tranquil and modern living space, it could be the ideal location. If you prefer something even more unique that creates a statement, you could always use a large raised aquarium as a room divider. It will not only be functional and a great way of splitting a larger room into two, but will also create a massive visual impact.
Portability isn’t an option
This is directly related to the point above. You must be content with the fact that once your built-in aquarium is fitted, that’s it! Relocating it won’t be particularly easy and could be extremely costly so you must get it right first time. Give some thought as to whether something more portable might suit you better. You can still get a decent sized tank but, instead of having to restructure your home if you decide to move, you can simply take it with you.
Will it affect the saleability of your home?
If you don’t intend moving house any time soon then this may not be of immediate relevance but it’s still worth thinking about so you know what you are getting into. If you intend for your aquarium to be a permanent fixture built into the structure of your home, it could make it less appealing when you decide to sell. Many people prefer simple design and structure, clean lines and neutral décor. A full-sized wall to wall aquarium may dishearten a potential buyer from purchasing a property that they would otherwise adore. Be mindful of this when finalizing the details. On the other hand, of course, it could add value. Whilst you might be minimizing your market, you may also attract buyers who love the idea of having a home interior with eye-catching detail. It’s a good idea to speak to a real estate agent and discuss with them how it may or may not affect the saleability of your property.