Where should you site your aquarium?
It's important to make sure that your aquarium is sited properly not just to give you maximum enjoyment but also to ensure that your fish are in an environment where they are not likely to be stressed. So what is the ideal environment?
A nice quiet, dark corner is ideal to start with in a room where your fish are away from loud noises and vibrations. Don't put them near a TV and try to avoid putting them where there is a lot of footfall like near a door. The less noise and vibration, the better for your fish.
Also keep the aquarium away from sources of heat such as radiators and fires. It will be more difficult to control the water temperature if a nearby heat source is having an effect on the water.
Likewise keeping an aquarium out of direct sunlight is also essential. Not only will the sun heat up the water but it will also contribute greatly to an increase in green algae in the aquarium.
Ideally it would be good if you can have the aquarium near a water source for ease of transporting or piping water into and out of the aquarium although this is not essential.
And of course, make sure you have power points within easy reach of the aquarium. You don't really want to have to take wires around the room if you can help it. On that point, a really good tip is to make sure that you have a drip loop in any wire going into your aquarium. That means that the wire from the aquarium goes down past the power point before then going up to the power point. Any water that runs down the wire will then drop off the end of the loop and won't end up in the electrical socket.
Make sure that when you are siting your aquarium there is enough space around it for you to carry out essential maintenance tasks.
Above all, make sure your aquarium is in a place where you can see it and enjoy it!