WALL MOUNTED FISH TANKS
- A wall-mounted fish tank is perfect for when you really don't have a lot of floor space for a fish tank.
- For an unusual design feature, you can install a wall-mounted tank into a wall between two rooms.
- Wall-mounted fish tanks make it easy to see and enjoy your fish as they are mounted at eye level.
- The wall-mounted fish tank's compact design often includes filter and light that fits the tank.
- Wall-mounted fish tanks are great for places where you have a lot of foot traffic and wouldn't normally risk having an aquarium that could get knocked over.
- Wall-mounted fish tanks are great for banks, doctors' offices, and other lobbies.
Disadvantage to a Wall Mounted Fish Tank
Though they may be unique in appearance, there are definitely some challenges that come along with a wall-mounted tank. Some of the disadvantages to having a wall mounted fish tank include:
- A wall-mounted fish tank limits water to air exchange because of the reduced surface area of the "tank."
- A wall-mounted fish tank requires strong wall support with studs (or concrete) to hold up the tank. A small wall aquarium can weigh 75 to 100 pounds when full. A large wall aquarium can weigh close to 300 pounds when full of water.
- Wall-mounted fish tanks are more expensive than regular fish tanks (the same way a laptop costs more than a regular computer).
- A wall-mounted fish tank will limit your fish selection as you can only get small fish that would be happy in such a "skinny" tank. Fish size is limited to the width of the tank (usually 4 inches).
Where to find Wall Mounted Fish Aquariums Online
An important thing to realize about wall-mounted aquariums is that they are not as common as traditional tanks. This being the case, you may not be able to walk into your local pet store and find a wall-mounted aquarium kit. For the most part, you are going to need to purchase a custom tank or a wall-mounted aquarium kit online. If you're interested in researching options for wall-mounted tanks, here are some sites where you can buy them online:
- Wall Aquarium (32" L x 4" W x 16" H) for $199.99 plus $19 S&H. The wall aquarium package includes the fish tank, the lid, the light, and mounting brackets.
- Portrait Aquarium (32" L x 4" W x 16" H) for $259.00 plus $19 S&H. The portrait aquarium package includes the fish tank, a wooden "portrait" frame and florescent strip light
- 4 Ft Wall (48" L x 6" W x 16" H) for $289.99 plus $29 S&H. The 4 Ft wall aquarium package includes the fish tank and the light.
- Jumbo Wall Aquarium (60" L x 8" W x 24" H) for $699.99 plus $58 S&H. The jumbo wall aquarium package includes the fish tank, lid, and light.
Setting up an aquarium can be very challenging, but a wall-mounted aquarium is a different story entirely. Safe installation is very important with wall-mounted aquariums -- don't even consider mounting a wall aquarium yourself if you don't know what a stud finder is. All kidding aside, the weight of a wall aquarium once it is full can be 75 to 100 pounds (or more) once it is full. If you don't want that tank to come crashing down with your fish in it, makes sure it is securely mounted to your wall. If you aren’t confident in your ability to mount the tank yourself, consider hiring a professional to do the job. Depending where you purchase your tank, you should also receive detailed instructions in how to install it properly.
What Fish to Stock in a Wall Mounted Fish Aquarium
- Betta splendens (Siamese fighting fish)
- White Cloud Mountain Minnow
- Ghost Shrimp
- Small tetras
- Small rasboras and barbs
- Fancy guppies
- Mollies or swordtails
- Dwarf gouramis
- Small algae eaters
- Can you keep live plants in a wall-mounted tank? Generally a wall-mounted tank is not ideal for plants because the lighting system is very limited. Small, low-light plants may be able to survive, however.
- Can you turn a wall-mounted tank into a saltwater aquarium? Wall-mounted tanks are typically capable of supporting a saltwater system, but it does require a significant amount of experience in the area. Keeping a saltwater tank can be a challenge in and of itself, so adding to that the non-traditional size and shape of the tank, it becomes more difficult.
- How do you clean a wall-mounted tank? The same cleaning principles for a traditional aquarium apply to wall-mounted tanks – you still need to change the filter media, perform water tests and keep up with routine water changes to keep your tank clean.
- It is essential that you avoid overfeeding your fish in a wall-mounted tank because the water volume is restricted due to the depth of the tank – waste and toxins will accumulate more quickly than in a traditional tank.
By now it should be clear to you that wall-mounted aquariums are both unique and challenging. These tanks can become the focal point in your home, doubling as both a hobby and a type of decoration. As is true with any tank, however, you need to think carefully before you set up a wall-mounted tank because there are certain challenges associated with them. After reading this article, however, you should be prepared to make an informed decision regarding whether a wall-mounted tank is right for you.
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