In Summary
  • Aquariums are typically made of glass panels joined with silicone, although acrylic and laminated glass types are gradually gaining popularity as these materials are both durable and lighter.
  • Placing an aquarium in the dining room makes it the focus of the room, thus creating a spectacle, adding an aesthetically attractive plan to the area, and, according to experts, boosting eating habits.
  • African cichlid aquariums: They usually contain fish such as L. Victoria Cichlids, L. Tanganyika Cichlids, L. Malawi Mbuna, and Utaka Cichlids, among others.

If you derive serenity from viewing fish and other marine lifeforms in their aquatic settings, you may consider installing an aquarium for your home, workplace, recreation spot or office. This specially designed transparent tank acts as an artificial habitat for marine animals and plants.

“An ideal aquarium contains water, gravel, sand, both artificial and live decorative plants, ornamental background objects, air-pump, airstone (aquarium bubbler), tubing, filtration system, climate control device, and artificial light,” says Lillian Muthoni, the director of Aquariums Planet, a Nairobi aquarium design and manufacturing firm. “Most have a covering to reduce water evaporation and keep away debris.”

AQUARIUM SPECS

Aquariums are typically made of glass panels joined with silicone, although acrylic and laminated glass types are gradually gaining popularity as these materials are both durable and lighter. While most people associate aquariums with only ornamental fish, they can also be used to house amphibians and turtles, among others.

“Ensure the glass fittings match the size of the aquarium,” says Muthoni. “The larger the tank, the thicker the density glass used to assemble the aquarium. Tropical and subtropical ornamental fish species also require water heating to keep the temperatures at the requisite conditions in their natural habitats.” Barqah Basward, the managing director of Nairobi Aquarium Store, says other than bedecking the home or workplace, an aquarium diminishes stress levels through watching the fish in it, lowers anxiety, calms, entertains, gives family members a sense of responsibility, lights up spaces, and boosts productivity at the workplace due to its relaxing effect.

“In actual fact, fish-tanks are not only décor fixtures that enhance spaces, but also possess a calming effect and relieve stress,” says Basward. Aquariums do not necessarily have to be large to be effective. Small fishbowls filled with clear water and pebbles can work, too. Tanks range progressively in size from fishbowls with a capacity of up to 1.5 litres and holding two fishes, to larger fittings with capacities of up to 20,000 litres.

Versatility of design also offers innovative schemes such as incorporation into walls, coffee-tables, desks, cabinets, television stands, drawers, and trolleys, among other household items. “An aquarium’s installation location is a personal choice depending on one’s lifestyle, type of property and interior design preferences,” says Basward. Due to many aquarium installations being semi-permanent, understand the advantages and disadvantages of fitting locations. Here, a few suggestions, and what we think of them:

FRONT ENTRANCE

Those who practise some doctrines believe placing aquariums near entrances obstructs negative energies and brings good luck. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP


Regardless of whether in the home, workplace or office, aquariums mounted near the front entrance are visually pleasing and inviting to visitors. Furthermore, those who practise some doctrines believe placing aquariums near entrances obstructs negative energies and brings good luck. However, be sure to consider the light at the entrance as too much light leads to algae concerns.

BEDROOM

It creates an atmosphere that is both tranquil and warm, making sleep peaceful. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

The allure of an aquarium in the bedroom is equally as exciting as it is enticing. Envision getting in bed and gazing at beautiful fish swimming about within their exquisite backgrounds. It creates an atmosphere that is both tranquil and warm, making sleep peaceful. Consider, however, the little amount of attention the fixing will get in a bedroom compared to a more communal setting.

KITCHEN

The advent of apartments has come with small dining spaces within the kitchen, and so the cooking space is emerging as a significant common area in the home. An aquarium can enhance this space as well as offer uniqueness in decor.
Aquariums work well in kitchens as the natural daylight and activities therein from morning to nightfall tend to mirror those that occur in the fish-tanks. The soft lighting of the aquarium in the mornings is also a welcoming spectacle as one readies breakfast.

Many modern custom-made kitchens emphasise on visual aesthetics, and this makes it crucial that both the design and inhabitants of the aquarium complement the backdrop of the kitchen space.
A fairly modest aquarium with somewhat bold fish which are instantaneously visually impacting work well in this case.
Electrical outlets, lighting, temperatures and heat must be considered when installing the aquarium here because temperatures vary throughout.

DINING ROOM

The aquarium similarly helps in artistically defining the room by being a piece of art that looks magnificent and luxurious to visitors. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

Placing an aquarium in the dining room makes it the focus of the room, thus creating a spectacle, adding an aesthetically attractive plan to the area, and, according to experts, boosting eating habits.

The aquarium similarly helps in artistically defining the room by being a piece of art that looks magnificent and luxurious to visitors.

Reef aquariums are particularly suited to this setting as they contain an abundance of life whose splendour one just has to sit, perceive and ingest. The aquarium’s lighting cycle in this setting may be set to give varied impressive displays, especially when there are guests in the home.

LOBBY

Typically in this setting, in bigger homes with equally vast spaces, aquariums may be used as partitions between the living or dining room and adjacent ones such as kitchen.

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