Liven Up Your Patio With An Aquarium

From the majestic angel fish with its wispy fins to the flashy goldfish with its bright hue and curious personality, live fish add a touch of serenity and visual interest to any space. While most homeowners see an aquarium as an only indoor fixture, there are actually some aquariums that work well outdoors. Having an aquarium in your outdoor living space can transform the space to have a completely different ambiance. If you would like to have a fish aquarium on your patio, however, there are a few things that you will need to know:

Many typical aquariums work well outdoors because they are mostly weatherproof.

If you see a tank and you are wondering if it will work outdoors, take a look at its design and components. Does the aquarium have an airtight design with a lid that locks in place? Does the aquarium have a water heater? What kind of electrical components are included and are they UL-listed as safe for outdoor use? All of these questions will help you determine if the aquarium you are considering can be used outdoors as well as in.  

There are certain types of fish that work best for outdoor settings. 

Not all fish work well in all types of climates, which is something you do have to keep in mind when filling an outdoor aquarium with different fish species. Some fish cannot handle drastic temperature changes or even bright sunlight. Koi fish, for example, can survive cold and hot temperatures and won't mind the sunlight, but piranhas don't like direct sunlight and need warmer water temperatures. Before you put fish in your outdoor fish tank, make sure you do a little research on the breed to ensure they will be safe. 

Your aquarium should be kept out of direct sunlight. 

If you have an open patio that does not have a covering or an awning, it may not be a good idea to place an aquarium in this outdoor living space. Direct sunlight shining through the aquarium glass can rapidly heat the water inside of the tank, which can be hard on the fish inside. While there are fish varieties that are used to tropical temperatures, the direct sunlight shining through the tank can heat the water to an excessive degree that would be unsafe. Plus, too much direct sunlight can create problems with algae inside of the fish tank, which can be problematic.

Contact a company like Neptune's Tropical Fish for more information and assistance.