There are few options for decorating a room that offer better aesthetic value and entertainment than wall aquariums, allowing fish lovers to put their collection of fresh- and salt-water pets on display. The advantage of wall fish tanks is that their size does not require a free standing aquarium stands, which can bend or break under the weight of dozens of gallons of water, and can thus be as large as an owner desires. The sizes of wall aquariums range from smaller sized 50-gallon aquariums to large 400-hundred gallon tanks, which are capable of holding small sharks, eels, or even octopi.
The choice of a wall aquarium depends upon a number of factors. If you do not have enough floor room or plan to have other appliances taking up space, it may be in your best interest to plan the installation of a frame for a wall mount. These are much more expensive due to the extra glass and metal (rather than plastic) siding, and may need to be custom crafted. Novice fish owners should start with smaller tanks before having to concern themselves about saline levels, water pH, and the complexities of cleaning. Of course, everyone has to start somewhere, and some wall aquariums are marketed towards new fish caretakers.
A starter wall tank may be small and easily removed, requiring little maintenance for cleaning and fish care. The Aquavista 500, for example, stands only three feet tall and three feet wide with only six inches of depth, making it optimal for minimal upkeep with approximately six gallons water capacity. The Aquavista, in addition, contains most of the necessary fish tank accessories needed for fish care, with a built in heater, fish tank filter, fish tank pumps, and lighting. Advertised as needing only fifteen minutes of maintenance per month, these Aquavista wall fish tanks can neatly be placed in nearly any room of a house, but they cannot provide the space and volume needed for larger sized fish tank fish. With prices starting as low as fifty dollars, however, it may be a model that fish owners cannot say no to. Customers have been overwhelmingly positive about the Aquavista, claiming it has been a practical, convenient, and colorful addition to their home.
The Bayshore Industries F1S brings much greater "wow" factor to any room, offering owners a chance to set up not only a fish habitat but boasting enough space and light for a complete terrarium of healthy plants to be grown. With one hundred and fifty gallons of water, the Bayshore F1S can host a complete salt environment of corals and crustaceans that require constantly moving water flows (in other words, a tropical fish tank). With different aquarium light filters, a fish owner may set up the proper ultraviolet screens to give their fish proper vitamin B without overwhelming sensitive scales. The Bayshore's size, however, is offset by its difficulty in cleaning and maintenance, needed to be completely emptied of water before cleaned. At four hundred dollars, it is more expensive than some options, and customers are relatively satisfied with the tank but claim that it lacks electrical hookups and cannot incorporate aquarium lights and heat with one plug.
Perhaps the most coveted of all wall aquariums may be the Artquarium X-tra large rectangular tank, with three hundred and ten gallon capacity, making it ideal for rare or exotic fish needed a great deal of space. At twelve hundred dollars, this tank requires financial commitment as well as consistent maintenance. These are usually purchased by salt-water fish keepers, as freshwater fish do not need nearly as much space. Reviews of the Artquarium have been very strong given the post-modern design and soft lighting: many customers claim that it has completely transformed their room.