One of the favorite parts of my job is the “design” aspect of planning a new aquarium installation. When I walk into a new client’s home or office and they say “OK Jon, where does it go?,” I get to use everything I know to help them make the most of their new aquarium.
One of the favorite parts of my job is the “design” aspect of planning a new aquarium installation. When I walk into a new client’s home or office and they say “OK Jon, where does it go?,” I get to use everything I know to help them make the most of their new aquarium. I often help them with everything from the size, shape, and dimensions, right down to choosing whether to go freshwater, saltwater or with a saltwater reef aquarium.
But one question looms above all others: where to place the aquarium in the room.
So why is my monthly aquarium article talking about Feng Shui you ask? Well, if I told you an aquarium could attract abundance and wealth, protect your family or help further your career, would you be interested?
Feng Shui is a 3000 year old Chinese belief, art and science that helps people gain good fortune, health and wealth through the balancing of energies in a room or space.
And, as it turns out after a little research, the aquarium can be a virtual Feng Shui blowtorch. The aquarium utilizes all 5 Feng Shui elements in perfect harmony. Those elements—water (such as the water in the tank), fire (represented by the colors in the fish), metal (as seen in the construction and equipment of the aquarium), wood (also in the construction, cabinetry and décor) and earth (gravel or substrate)—are represented in the aquarium and create the balance needed for what is known as “Good Feng Shui”.
The aquarium’s placement in the room is vitally important in achieving the desired result you’re after. For example, placing the aquarium in the southeast corner of a room is said to help achieve wealth and abundance. If the aquarium is located on the north wall it may aid in furthering one’s career, and the east wall is believed to promote good health and family.
Unfortunately in Feng Shui style, there’s also a bad side to planning your aquarium placement. Just as the ideas above will promote positive changes in your life, the wrong placement can work against you.
For one, placing an aquarium in the bedroom is considered “Bad Feng Shui”. Water, the obvious primary component of the aquarium, is thought to bring energy, while the bedroom is believed to be a place of cocooning and healing. Calming, nourishing and sensuality need to be stressed and the water element works against that.
Secondly, the kitchen is thought to be a place of warmth and the soul of the home. The primary element present should be fire, the opposite of water. Also, similarly to the bedroom, the kitchen is a place for nourishment and what is thought to be the “nervous energy” given off by water works against that.
Who knew that so much of your health, wealth, and family prosperity depended on the placement of your aquarium? Of course, Feng Shui is just one theory of many we use to help you get the perfect aquarium.