Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium

How to Pick the Perfect Place for Your New Saltwater Aquarium

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  1. Avatar Brian says:

    Thank you. Very good info. Too many times I have setup a tank where I had some space, but didn’t consider the fact that I couldn’t see it from any seat / chair in my house! Another thing I like to do is setup a tank within reach of a window, so I can do water changes and let the water out into the lawn. (works for water and fertilizer all in one)

  2. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

    Thanks for your kind comment, Brian! However, we wouldn’t recommend watering your lawn with salt water. That’s a great suggestion for freshwater systems, though.

  3. Avatar Jeff says:

    Hi all,

    Trying to figure out the right place for a 180 reef tank. I found the perfect spot in the house but afraid of to much light. Can’t seem to be able to attach a photo but would like any feedback. I can send the picture through email if needed.

    The room is our master bedroom and the area doesn’t get direct sunlight but there is lots of light in the room.


    Thank you,


  4. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

    Hi Jeff! My tank is situated in a great room with a total of 16 windows in it (as you can tell from the images in this post:, so I too have an overabundance of light streaming in. For the most part, however, the light is indirect with only occasional “direct hits” at certain times of year, so I actually have no problems stemming from the light.

    You can always block or reduce the light penetration with curtains, sheers, or shades if necessary. Of course, you’ll want to be sure to keep dissolved nutrients low to prevent algae blooms, and if temperature becomes an issue, you may need to compensate for that with additional fans, an actual aquarium chiller, or some other form of cooling.

  5. Avatar Jeff says:

    Thank you Jeff. That helps me with the placement. I am going to have an engineer look at the floor to make sure it can hold the weight.

    Thanks again,


  6. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

    Good thinking, Jeff. Keep us posted on your tank’s progress!

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