Divide Your Room with a Built In Aquarium
Last Updated Mar 21, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Dividing a room into separate areas is sometimes a necessary or much desired thing but that doesn’t mean that you have to use a boring old wall or room divider. You can divide your room in a truly beautiful and elegant way by using a built in aquarium. The effects are absolutely stunning! Read on for more.
Why Use a Built In Aquarium as a Room Divider?
A built in aquarium is an excellent room divider for a number of reasons. The first is the sheer beauty that they add to your home! Instead of staring at a blank wall or a generic picture, imagine being able to look at a beautifully lit aquarium with fish gently swimming around and undulating plants. The relaxation benefits alone are phenomenal. A built in aquarium also gives you a feeling of separation without making the space feel smaller, due to the fact that light still travels through the aquarium. You also won’t lose any natural daylight in the room and the lighting may actually be improved simply from the aquarium lighting itself. Imagine that tranquil glow at night!
Types of Built In Aquariums for Room Dividers
There are two ways that you can use a built in aquarium as a room divider. The first is to actually build the aquarium into the dividing wall (such as the wall between the kitchen and dining room, or the dining and living rooms). Depending on the size of the aquarium, you will need to reinforce the wall to hold the weight of both the aquarium and its contents and you’ll also need to ensure that there is a space either around the aquarium itself or close by in order to hold all of the equipment necessary for the running of the aquarium such as the water filter, the pump, the heater and so on.
The second way that you can use a built in aquarium as a room divider is to use a specialist tank that is essentially built in place where you want to have a form of division. This is particularly practical in more open plan areas. This consists of an aquarium built to your desired size in your desired location. The aquarium can be floor to ceiling for a true wall effect or it can be housed within specialist cabinetry which will hide all of the running equipment such as the filter.
Sourcing Built In Aquariums for Room Dividers
While you may be able to find a pre-built aquarium that is suitable for building as a room divider, in most cases, you will find that the aquarium will have to be custom built by a specialist. This is because no installation is the same – it really does depend on if the aquarium is built as a wall, or if it is built into an existing wall, the size of the aquarium, the type of aquarium (saltwater and freshwater have different requirements), and the running equipment that is needed. The specialist will also need to give you access to the running equipment as well as the aquarium itself for cleaning. It is not just as simple as sourcing and building your aquarium though. In many cases, you will need to get an engineer in to find out how the wall or floor will need to be reinforced in order to take the weight of the tank and the water (you’d be amazed at how heavy they can get when the aquarium is fully filled with water and stocked!).
Image courtesy of Aqueus - Life Under Water.