When it Comes to Aquariums, How Big is Too Big?

Large Freshwater Aquarium

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One of the best things about having a custom aquarium is how awe-inspiring they are. A beautiful aquarium is a show-stopper — people will eagerly crowd around an aquarium as they take in all of the gorgeous little details.

If you love impressing your friends with a jaw-dropping aquascape, then going bigger is always better. A custom aquascape is certainly enough to impress your friends all on its own, but if you’re really trying to make an impact then size matters. Why get a 10 gallon aquarium when you could get a 1000 gallon aquarium? Why design an aquascape that neatly fits in one corner of a room when you could have an aquarium that takes up an entire wall? Nothing — and I do mean nothing — is more impressive than a 1000+ gallon aquarium.

Plenty of aquascapers have taken the plunge before. Just take a look at this world-famous freshwater aquascape by Japanese artist. The wall-spanning aquascape is like a miniature indoor forest.

Takashi Amano Aquarium

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Obviously, bigger aquariums are going to be much more demanding than their smaller counterparts. You’ll need plenty of space and cash to burn. More importantly, an aquarium of this size will require weekly maintenance. I definitely recommend that you hire a professional team of aquascaping professionals to do the regular upkeep. It would be a tragedy if you let a missed water change or unbalanced pH levels ruin the integrity of the aquatic ecosystem.

Luckily, it’s actually easier to keep large aquariums compared to smaller aquariums because you have a little bit more wiggle room. A single mistake in a 1 gallon aquarium could be devastating, but a similar mistake in a large aquarium wouldn’t have much of an impact.

Yes, an aquarium of this size will be expensive to maintain — but so are sports cars, summer homes, and every other luxury item. Just imagine how much stress you could cut out of your life if this was your home office:

Vertical Garden and Aquarium

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The only things that are missing are a few tropical birds and some friendly monkeys to keep you company while you type out business presentations.

The one catch with an aquarium of this size is that it almost has to be placed against a wall, which limits you to just one viewing angle. Putting it anywhere else would take up too much space in a living area. You can get around this minor problem by integrating the aquarium into the layout of your house. Imagine having an aquarium that acts as a wall between two rooms — say between your living room and your dining room. This pseudo-wall will make your house feel more open by allowing guests to peek into the neighboring rooms, and you would get twice as much bang for your buck.

Large Custom Aquascape

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Alternatively, you could always install a massive pool-sized aquarium in your back yard for the ultimate aquatic experience — because the only thing cooler than a swimming pool is a swimming pool that lets you swim alongside man-eating sharks.

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