I was recently watching a Gordon Ramsey restaurant makeover wherein Ramsey’s decorative streak introduced a series of different sized aquariums inside a fish restaurant ranging from wall-hanging water bowls to a full-sized box at the door. It all seemed like a neat and attractive idea, fitting for a fish eatery. Delving deeper in the topic however, I realised that he was probably drawing on a teaching from the ancient Chinese practise of Feng Shui, which claims that keeping an aquarium attracts wealth and abundance. Perhaps Ramsey was trying to steer in some monies towards this down and out restaurant, but the idea got me thinking about aquariums, Malta real estate and just how significant it would be to have live fish in homes on an island, like ours – tangibly bringing the sea in our lives, goldfish and all.
Even if you disregard the idea of using an aquarium to attract money towards your bank account, actually keeping an aquarium could bring you more benefits than you imagine.
If you’re trying to sell your home in Malta, having a well-kept aquarium with healthy fish inside creates a perfect ambience and will be likened to prospective buyers. In fact, some Malta real estate stagers have been known to actually introduce an aquarium inside communal home spaces in order to add to the benefits of a home. Your Malta real estate agent will be able to guide you more regarding adding value you’re your real estate in Malta.
Here are some basic hints on making an aquarium work for you….
-Fresh water aquariums are easier to maintain than seawater ones. So if you are inexperienced, it’s best to start with the fresh water variety. It happens that most people stick to fresh water aquariums because of easy maintenance.
-Whether you buy a small or large aquarium, make sure you wash it without soap to ensure no soap particles remain to contaminate the water you will put in it. This no-soap method should also be adopted to clean any aquarium accessories you decide to introduce in the water in the form of fake foliage, gravel, etc.
-Choose the aquarium’s location carefully. It has to be out of direct sunshine because fish in bowls set on window-sills in full sunshine have been known to ‘boil’ the fish to death. Aquariums are actually good excuses to light up dark poky corners such as the far end of narrow corridors, or that seemingly useless space under the staircase. Then again you may decide to use an aquarium to ‘divide’ a living area or to add colour to an otherwise minimalist room.
-Set up the aquarium, apparatus, accessories and all, and fill up with chlorine-free water. Don’t even think of putting fish in it just yet. The water is too clean and the water system must start creating its own nitrogen cycle to build up necessary and ‘healthy’ bacteria. This bacteria will then de-fuse the danger of fish excrement in the water from contaminating the fish themselves and leading them to a slow and painful demise. Check with your aquarium supplier for advice on how long the cycle will take as this depends on the size of your aquarium.
-Once the cycle is done, you can introduce fish to the aquarium. Do this slowly, allowing each one to acquaint itself with the tank before introducing another fish. Remember the fish will be living in community so ask advice on which fish varieties live best together.
-You will find plenty of valid advice in some professional on-line sites and forums. However your best bet is your local pet shop owner who can recommend the right aquarium professional to guide your through your own personal process of becoming a good aquarium owner.
This article was written by Marika Azzopardi, a freelance writer and journalist. A frequent contributor to national English language papers and magazines, she writes about a bevy of topics including art, people and life in general. She is also the author of children’s books and short stories, delving into adult fiction from time to time.