"The highest education is that which does not merely
give us information but makes our life in harmony
with all existence."
- Rabindranath Tagore
Sometimes, while renovating your house, you add interior partition walls to change the layout or to utilize the space more efficiently. One of the ideas for better use of the available space, and definitely an original one, is to have a built-in aquarium. Let’s leave the saw and hummer job to your building contractor and dive into the implementation of the fish tank details.
First, it is necessary to determine the aquarium size. Modern aquariums usually come in standard sizes or could be custom-made. Standard aquariums are usually quite low and wide. Any size and capacity can be made on demand, and the price will be quite affordable. Think of the following when choosing an aquarium: appearance, ease of maintenance and reliability of a design. The taller and wider the aquarium, the better it looks. Better look comes on account of ease of cleaning access though. Therefore the aquarium that will best serve both purposes should be at most two feet tall, five feet long, and one to two feet wide. With increased length and height and the total water volume of about 300 liters, the aquarium will look more impressive, and will be more comfortable for its inhabitants.
At the time that your order was custom made, your contractor already finished building the wall and also left an opening in the middle for your new and beautiful design. To make the construction sturdy, there must be an additional support at the base in order to avoid curving of the wall under the aquarium weight. Better support is provided with the use of Styrofoam plates due to their light weight and thickness. Careful safety measures should be taken while installing maintenance pipes, electric wiring for lighting and filters, and feeding systems.
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