Chapter 3: Location, Location, Location

This is from when I decided on the location for my tank

This is from when I decided on the location for my tank

     Alright, guys, today we’re going to talk about location! When I started out, I had no idea how crucial the positioning of your equipment was. Luckily, I placed my stand in a great spot without doing a lick of research and I’m glad I did. Here’s a few reasons why you'll want to get it right the first time.

Set It and Forget It

     Wherever you set your tank is where it’s going to stay for a while! You can roughly estimate 10 lbs/gallon. My 55 gallon, for example, weighs about 600 lbs without the stand or the sump. Pick a spot and leave it. If the wife don’t like it, well… then you had better empty that sucker out and move it! Ha! Seriously, don't ever attempt to move your tank when it's full. It might seem convenient if you've got the manpower, but you might end up with a catastrophic failure.

Temperature and Lighting

     I learned quickly in the hobby that temperature plays a huge part in a reef aquarium. Think about if you were to place your aquarium right under a vent or a fan. What happens to the water temperature when either one of those fluctuates too much? Well, duh.. Your water temperature fluctuates. What helps me is to keep my reef in a “dead zone” in my house. You still want this dead zone to be as close to a normal room temperature as possible.

     Next, let’s think about what sunlight does in a reef. Yes, light can be very beneficial, but too much sunlight could cause some serious unwanted algae blooms. How to we prevent this one? Simple, stage your aquarium away from windows. Windows also bring in extra heat during the summer time. You'll figure out real quickly just how much of an effect lighting and temperature play on algae control.


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     Electricity is pretty important too, right? It’s kinda used to power like everything in our aquarium, to include pumps, skimmers, reactors, heaters, power heads… You catch my drift. Make sure you’ve got plenty of outlets nearby to provide the output you need. It might not be a bad idea to invest in an Uninterruptible Power Supply either. And, as always, be sure to keep your cords away from the water and form drip loops.

     And here’s a little extra tip from personal experience... ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS have an emergency plan for if your tank turns for the worst and starts spewing water. Tanks DO go rogue! Like I mentioned earlier in the series, you need to strongly consider the flooring that will sit beneath your tank. It’s not IF it will happen, it’s WHEN it will happen. Have plenty of towels and plenty of buckets handy! It wouldn't hurt to invest in a shop vac either.

     Once again, thanks for following! I share all my advice based on my own trial and error. Don’t forget to comment or share below!