If you're looking for an impressive aquarium feature but are a little short of space, or if you have a dark or dingy corner you want to brighten up, a corner aquarium could be the perfect answer.
A traditional corner fish tank with its wedge shape and bow front gives the benefit of a large feature viewing aspect without the space requirements of a regular rectangular tank - and there's still a decent volume to handle a large variety of fish. Apart from the smallest of models, a corner aquarium is suitable for both marine and freshwater tropical fish.
As a general rule you should be looking at a minium capacity of 100 litres to keep marine fish, larger if you also want live corals. That means a corner nano is out for marines but most other corner aquariums on the market will fit the bill. The majority of sizes are suitable for freshwater tropical or cold water fish although the size of the tank clearly governs the number and variety of fish you can keep.
Buying your corner aquarium online saves legwork and usually secures the best deal delivered straight to your doorstep. Finding a suitable set up isn't always straightforward however. There are a variety of tanks suitable for the corner of a room available and these are normally spread among several suppliers and outlets at varying prices. Here at the UK Corner Aquarium Guide our aim is to put together the widest range we can find available online in the UK today - with prices are regularly checked to make sure that good deals are available.
A few things to bear in mind before you buy: do make sure you check the dimensions of the tank and cabinet to make sure they will fit the available space. Check also the equipment which is included and what you will need to purchase separately. You should expect to find lighting included and many tanks available today will also be supplied with a filtration and heating.
Also, give some thought to the type of filtration you want to use. Different corner aquariums use different types of filter and it's likely you'll find a choice between an internal filter and an external filter housed either in the the aquarium lid or in a supporting cabinet underneath.
An internal filter is the more "traditional" form of filtration and is generally used in the smaller aquarium. It will be contained within the tank and is usually removable for cleaning. It will however be visible and will take up space. On the other hand, internal filters are generally quiet and will be cheaper than an external filter. The chances are however that in the case of a new corner aquarium the filter will be included so cost may not be quite such an issue.
You might find a trickle filter installed in the hood of the tank. With such an arrangement, water is lifted out by means of an intake pipe and distributed over filter media via a spray-bar - the "trickle" element. The water then passes through the media, usually ceramic cylinders, a filter pad and activated charcoal and is returned to the tank through outlet holes in the hood.
There are distinct advantages to this method of filtration when it comes to cleaning and maintenance and the only visible intrusion into the aquarium itself is usually the intake pipe. However the degree of mechanical filtration (the removal of debris and particles from the water) offered is not likely to be as significant as that provided by either an internal or external power filter.
The second type of external filter you are likely to encounter when acquiring a new corner aquarium is one contained in the accompanying cabinet. The water leaves the aquarium either through pre-drilled holes in the glass (something which makes some fishkeepers nervous) or through a pipe which lifts water out and into the filter canister below.
This type of external filter will generally be more powerful and will have a greater capacity than its internal counterpart. As a rule, its mechanical filtration capability will outperform a hood mounted model and cleaning should be easier and less messy than in the case of an internal model. The only real disadvantages can be cost and space for external storage and these may not be issues for the purchaser of a new corner aquarium with the filter included in the price and storage available in a purpose built cabinet.
So all in all, plenty to keep in mind as you look for the ideal aquarium for that corner of your room!
The UK Corner Aquarium Guide