It is pretty impossible to compete with table aquariums, so if you add one to your home, you can count on being the envy of everyone who visits. These are the most surprising, captivating, and intriguing pieces of art you can add to your living space. After all, even Picasso can’t compete with living art! If you are considering buying one of these amazing pieces for your home there are a few things you need to consider.

Commitment – The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you are ready for the commitment. Some species of fish can live a pretty long time, so you will potentially be caring for them for years. Second, you will need to be committed to a cleaning schedule. A layer of dust on a painting or sculpture rarely get noticed, but you better believe people will notice (and smell) dirty water. Table aquariums instantly become the center of attention. So keeping them clean is imperative. Plus, dirty water is bad for the fish.

Size and Style – These types of aquariums are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Coffee tables tend to be the most popular option. End tables are also available, but generally not as easy to find. They come in the shape of squares, rectangles, octagons, etc. and in different sizes. Make sure the one you choose is appropriate for the size of the room. You may have your eye on a 40-gallon octagon table, but if it takes up too much floor space, you will have people constantly bumping into it, which your fish are not going to appreciate.

All-inclusive – There may be aquarium tables available that don’t come with anything. However, your best bet would be too purchase one that includes all the essentials you need, such as a pump, filter, gravel, etc. This way there is no question that you have appropriate equipment to keep the water full of oxygen. Depending on the fish you choose, you may decide on aftermarket purchases, such as ultraviolet stabilizers, herbs, thermostats, test kits, and plants.

Choose Appropriate Fish – Always be sure you are choosing fish that are the recommended size for your aquarium. It is also important that the species be compatible; many are not. When in doubt consult someone who is an expert on the topic.