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500 Gallon Aquarium | 500 Gallon Fish Tank

A 500 Gallon Aquarium

Seven Buying Factors

Thinking of getting a large 500 gallon aquarium? Perhaps you’d like to get a tank to showcase a dead space in your home or office? 500 gallons will give you plenty of room for a couple larger fish or plenty of smaller ones. If properly set-up and maintained your large aquarium can be a great addition to your home.

Before you jump into getting a large custom aquarium like this though, consider the following seven points:

1. Commitment

If you more of a do it your self type fish enthusiast, there could be be significant time investment on your part to get your 500 gallon tank up and running. Hiring an experienced install company like Fintastic will make this process painless. Either way, there will be some periodic monitoring, feeding, and cleaning involved. However, advances in technology and proper fish selection can reduce the amount of time needed to maintain your tank.

location2. Location

Due to the size of these tanks, you’re going to need to designate a specific spot in your home or office for this tank. As pertains to all aquariums, choose something away from direct sunlight and a place that is level as well. Obviously, you want to put this in a place that can be easily viewed by you and your guests. Recommendations for in the home would be in the kitchen (if there is enough space), living room, or den. Because these tanks are so large though, be sure not to overwhelm your room with the tank. The whole system height is over 100″ high. If you want to get an idea of how big these aquariums are, the wide versions are this dimension:

weight110” wide x 36” deep x 30” Tall

3. Weight

Not to state the obvious but these things can weigh a ton. Well, probably closer to 2 tons based on the 1000 lbs tank, plus water, coral, rocks, sand. Just for your education, fresh water weighs about 8.35 lbs per gallon and salt water is 8.6 lbs per gallon. If in doubt, seek a structural engineer’s opinion. Be sure that the location you pick can be upgraded to support this amount of weight. So, closer to a load bearing wall the better and on the lower floor (or a 2+ story house) are probably good ideas.

4. Stand

Ready made tank stands can be purchased for just about any aquarium up to 500 gallons. Anything bigger than this and you are getting into custom ordering or building your own stand. Due to weight, time and cost that go into these large tanks, we highly recommend that you work with a professional like Fintastic to get this done correctly. Also, think about how high you want the tank to rest as well when it will primarily be viewed (sitting/standing). Last thing to consider is for under/overhead storage of the stand.


With proper planning, water lines can be run directly to the tank, so you don’t have to make constant trips to the tank to keep filling it up. With a tank this big, changing a small percentage of the water can end up being a big deal.

Saltwater mixing vats can also be planned in to make saltwater changes easier that are automatically topped off with reverse osmosis water as with the aquarium system.

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