You hear that phrase a lot lately: Go Big or Go Home. If you are thinking about a large-scale custom aquarium at your home or business, make sure to consider all the steps involved for setup and aquarium maintenance. Taking additional time to plan, prior to buying and setting up your large tank is very worth it and will save you both money and frustration later.
If you do choose a large aquarium (over 90 gallons), make sure the floor area you are placing it on is properly supported. Remember, freshwater weighs approximately 8 lbs/gal and salt water weighs approximately 8.5 lbs/gal. In most new construction buildings (post-1960) this issue does not arise. In older buildings, placing the aquarium along a structurally supporting wall usually ensures proper aquarium support. If you are unsure of the structural capacity of the flooring, do not assume it will work. Consult an engineer for a professional opinion.
There are many more things to take into consideration, such as tank or stand construction, power access, heating & cooling, overflows & leveling, and safety. Diamond Aquatics professional aquarium experts can help recommend the best solution for you, including the costs associated with it. Give us a call today at 973-356-4434!