Can A Fish Tank in Your Bedroom Make You Sick

Can A Fish Tank in Your Bedroom Make You Sick

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Although an aquarium in your bedroom is not good Feng shui, I don’t think there is any common research that says it’s unhealthy.

It is possible that a super-sized fish tank in the bedroom with a lot of evaporation may cause a humidity issue, or even the lights or the trickling sound of the filter keep your awake, but not to the extent of causing any serious health concern.

Infact, according to this review from the CDC webpage, fish are a great alternative for people with other pet allergies and aquariumshave shown to produce calming effects and to lessen stress among people with who have them.

Like all pets, fish may carry germs that make people sick, but illness due to keeping fish is rare. By giving routine care to your aquatic friends and following simple health tips, you are less likely to get sick from touching, feeding, or owning aquarium fish .

That said, below are a couple of barely-life-threatening issues you may encounter when keeping a fish tank in your bedroom.

But please note we I’m not a health practitioner, so the point expressed here are from my own experience keeping fish as a hobby. As such, for readers with underlying health conditions or allergies, I recommend talking to your physician.

Fish Tank Noises

The noise associated with fish tanks might be bothersome and something to consider when thinking of having an aquarium in your bedroom.

Most common is a trickle of the filter, the ham of the air pump, or fishes banging on the lid of the tank. Of course, some hobbyists are not bothered too much and actually enjoy the soft waterfall noise of the hanging filter, which they say is soothing, peaceful, and calming.

As such, if you love your nights eerily quiet, a fish tank in the bedroom is probably not for you, though you may still be able to make it work by adding quieter equipment in your fish tank.

For instance, adding a tetra whisper in your fish tank instead of an ordinary kit or using a sponge filter as opposed to a hang-on-back unit, will go a long way in keeping the noise down.

Some pretty well-priced canister units are also some of the quietest in the hobby and might work best given your situation. One such unit would the Penn Plax cascade canister filter.

Evaporation and Humidity

As I’ve already mentioned, a fish tank in the bedroom is not unhealthy, but it’s easy to see why evaporation could potentially cause concern.

Usually, the concentration of chemicals in the tank, like nitrates and ammonia, rise when water evaporates and dampens the air in your room with droplets of the old, dirty tank water.

As such, I recommend adding a lid to your tank, plus an efficient filter to help clean the water, making it safe even when there is a large amount of evaporated in the tank.

Also, regularly test your bedroom’s humidity to make sure it’s within the safe range. And apart from adding a lid on your tank, you can also get houseplants like Snake plant to reduce toxic elements in the air.

One other thing to note is a big tank means more evaporation and a prominent noise burden, so to lessen the risk, only keep smaller aquariums in your bedroom.

In case you realize you are developing breathing issues such as shortness of breath or asthmatic conditions, please relocate your fish tank from the bedroom.

Lastly, a fish tank kept in the bedroom will affect people with underlying respiratory issues much more than it would the average fishkeeper, hence the need for precaution if you or a member of your family has got a breathing problem.

If someone needs excessively dry air, the slight humidification offered a fish tank in the sleeping area might pose an issue.

Mold in Your Bedroom Caused by Evaporation in Your Fish Tank

If enough water evaporates from your fish tank, it leads to the development of mold in your room, which can be a toxic and a health hazard if it disperses in the air.

As such, it is paramount that you add a lid to your fish tank if you are going to have it in your bedroom.

Stong aquarium lights producing a lot of heat also lead to excess evaporations, so if possible keep them off during the day or night if you do not need them.

Keeping your bedroom more ventilated will also go a long way in keeping the amount of water level in your room’s air within safe limits.

Open the windows while staying at home all day to allow outside air to circulate and dilute the overly humid-ambient-air. But please note this might not work all seasons because sometimes the air outside is quite humid.

The Weight of Your Fish Tank

Although this is more of a safety issue than a health concern, having a fish tank in an upstairs or attic bedroom adds to the overall weight the building structure has to support.

Therefore, only place smaller fish tanks in your upstairs bedroom. With any aquarium that is more than 90-gallons, plus the weight of additional components, you could experience hardship, especially if your room was not designed to handle that much bulk.

Best Place to Place A Fish Tank in Your Home

While it is perfectly ok to place a fish tank in your bedroom, there are better places in your home to have it. Areas that best bring out the aesthetics of the aquarium and support the best development of your fishes and aquascapes.

The ideal location should have enough space for the physical tank and all accompanying accessories, near a water source and power outlets for your equipment, and with natural light for better energy economy and the best display of your fish and plant colors; though not too much sunlight as that will encourage algae growth.

If considering feng shui, the best location is the southeast corner of your space, also referred to as the wealth and abundance Bagua area.

Before you choose the location, also consider the shape and size of your fish tank and the layout of your home. This is very crucial because once you set up your aquarium, moving it is quite a tasking endeavor.

To avoid abrupt changes in your aquarium temperature, which is quite harmful to fish, avoid areas with access to direct sunlight, near heating vents, fireplace, and next to fans and air-con units, unless there is a need to heat or cool your tank.

Noise from audio systems and TVs quite often stress fish, so you want to avoid such areas as well.

That said, my personal preference is in the living room in an area where the fish tank is well visible and efficiently makes the centerpiece of my space. I try to ensure the tank is well illumined but avoid having it too close to a window.

Weight is a big issue when choosing a location for a fish tank, as such, I try to make sure I place it on a flat, even ground preferable with the stand sitting on the flooring instead of a rug.

Thats all for this post.

Happy fish🐠🦐 keeping.

Eddie Waithaka

Resident Content Creator and Marketer at AquariaWise who talks about aquariums and fish and aquascapes a lot.

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