What do Fish Tanks have to do with Home Inspections?

While fish tanks don’t have a lot to do with home inspections they do directly improve indoor air quality like a traditional air purifier, it can have some very positive impacts on the air quality within a room or living space.

~ It can also be a solid indicator of the current indoor air quality inside any living space ~

^^^The fish tank above is very clean with clear transparent water indicating a home with with very good indoor air quality^^^

Here are five reasons how a fish tank can contribute to better indoor air quality:

  • Increased Humidity: The water in a fish tank naturally evaporates, increasing humidity levels in the surrounding air. This can be especially beneficial in dry climates or during the winter months when indoor air tends to be drier. Adequate humidity levels can help alleviate respiratory issues, reduce static electricity, and soothe dry skin and mucous membranes.
  • Air Filtration: A well-maintained aquarium with a filtration system can help remove some airborne pollutants from the surrounding air. The filtration system typically removes solid waste and excess nutrients from the water, which can indirectly reduce odors and particles in the air that might contribute to indoor air pollution.
  • Microbial Balance: The beneficial bacteria present in the aquarium’s biological filter help break down organic waste and convert harmful compounds like ammonia and nitrites into less harmful substances. This microbial activity not only maintains water quality but can also contribute to a healthier microbial balance in the air surrounding the tank.
  • Reduced Dust: The surface agitation caused by air bubbles and water movement in the tank can help prevent dust from settling on nearby surfaces. While it won’t eliminate dust entirely, a fish tank can reduce the buildup of airborne particles, leading to cleaner indoor air.
  • Visual and Psychological Benefits: While not directly related to air quality, the presence of a fish tank can contribute to a healthier indoor environment by promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and improving overall well-being. A calmer mind and body can have indirect effects on respiratory health and immune function, potentially leading to better overall health outcomes.

While a fish tank may not be as effective as dedicated air purifiers in removing specific airborne pollutants, it can still offer many benefits for indoor air quality, especially when combined with proper maintenance and filtration practices.