An aquarium brings more than beauty into a home. The water symbolizes the flow of life, of growth and the activities of living things. The motion and sounds of the bubbling water as it moves throughout the fish tank activates and increases the positive energy of the area bringing good fortune, wealth and abundance.
If the aquarium is located in a room that is dry, it helps to balance the energy by adding humidity to the air.
The moving water in the aquarium has the power to revitalize energy that was stagnant or dormant.
Placing an aquarium in the proper location is important. An easy way to identify the appropriate areas of your home is using a bagua diagram.
The Southeast section of your home is the best location for aquarium. This is the traditional area to activate wealth and prosperity.
You can also place an aquarium in the north or east sections of a home. The north represents career and the east represents health and family.
Place an aquarium to block off sha qi, or negative chi, from exterior structures with sharp corners such as a fence, a bridge or corners from another house.
Aquarium placed under a beam reduces stress and mental pressure.
Never place an aquarium in the kitchen or the bedroom.
Do not place an aquarium in the centre of a house.
The Five Elements in an Aquarium
An aquarium is a perfect example of the balance of the five elements of feng shui. When all five elements are present and interacting with one another, they are the perfection of chi energy.
Water - The water element is the water in the aquarium.
Earth - The substrate material represents the element of earth. The material could be one, or a mixture of:
• Stones • Soil • Gravel • Sand
Fire - The lighting or the fish in the aquarium represent the element of fire. Fish that are of the following colours represent fire:
• Red • Gold • Yellow • Orange
Metal - The element of metal exists in the actual framework of the structure of many types of aquariums. Two other ways of incorporating the element of metal into an aquarium include placing old copper coins below the tank’s substrate material or adding gold coloured fish such as golden arowana or gold fish. If you use old coins make certain the metal will not harm the fish.
Wood - The wood element is represented by the plants growing in the fish tank or by driftwood placed inside the aquarium.
Fish for a Feng Shui Aquarium
Traditionally many feng shui practitioners recommend placing eight or nine orange coloured fish in the tank with one black fish. The role of the single black fish is to absorb all the negative energy before it reaches you. For people that have a smaller tank, three gold coloured fish and one black fish works as well.Goldfish are one of the most popular types of fish for feng shui aquarium. Generally, goldfish are colourful, hardy and inexpensive. Also popular, but very expensive, are arowana, purest arowana and dragon fish.
Keeping your feng shui aquarium clean, beautiful and well cared for helps your fish stay happy and healthy, thereby, enhancing its energy.
In the Chinese culture, fish are a symbol of fortune. This is because the fish’s eyes never close and many believe this allows fish the ability to see all obstacles and good fortunes ahead. Water is the symbol for money and the element that attracts good fortune and wealth. Putting these two elements together creates an auspicious feng shui enhancement.
If you decide to use an aquarium with fish in your home or business, place it according to the rules of the school of feng shui.
If you follow Black Hat feng shui, then the best places for your aquarium is your career sector and the north wall of your home office or den.
Traditional classical feng shui of Form and Compass determines the prime sector of your home based on several reports such as flying star report. You will also find that you may need to move your aquarium as the stars move through various positions in your home, much like real star change positions in the hemisphere.
Things to Avoid
As with all things feng shui, there are some hard and fast rules that all of the feng shui schools follow.
No Water in Your Bedroom
One of the biggest mistakes people make is putting a fish aquarium or goldfish bowl in a bedroom. This is one of the worst feng shui misunderstandings about water and bedrooms. You don’t want water in any bedroom since it is a restless element. You don’t want to place photos or paintings of water over your bed or in the bedroom even if your bedroom is in the north sector of your home.
No Aquariums in Kitchens
The elements in a kitchen are closely associated with fire, so too much water is a very disruptive element in this room.
Keep It Clean
Since the energy being generated and attracted to your fish aquarium is very powerful and strong, you need to make sure the tank is kept clean. Here are some other tips:
· Make sure tank’s filter systems is always working properly.
· Keep the tank filled with fresh water.
· Don’t allow algae and scum to build up on the glass sides of the tank or on the tank fixtures.
· Remove any dead fish immediately and replace with a healthy one.
· If your fish become sick, take care of them immediately with supplies from your pet store.
· Don’t overfeed and create a buildup of uneaten food.
What Kinds of Fish to Buy
One of the most common kinds of fish used in feng shui are Koi, but these fish get very large and unless you have a huge tank, it’s easier to use their cousin, the goldfish. Red and black are two very auspicious colours in feng shui applications. Red and black fish are considered the best colours to use in order to optimize and activate elements. Beside the goldfish, another favourite choice is the Red sword and Black Molly. Any kind of fish will do as long as you follow the red and black criteria.
Numbers of Fish to Use
The number eight is the most fortunate number in feng shui. The number eight creates a pattern of two circles with no end and is considered a symbol of infinity. Since the number eight is associated with wealth and power, the infinity aspects means a limitless source of the energies this number will bring to you.
Prosperity and Success
Feng shui and aquarium are an excellent combination for stimulating business growth and ensuring financial stability.
Feng Shui Lucky Number of Fish in an Aquarium
In feng shui, numbers are always important and it’s not different when it comes to the popular feng shui tool of fish. You can use fish either in a koi pond outside your home or in an aquarium inside your home. Both uses are auspicious.
Lucky Number of Fish in Aquarium
Most feng shui practitioners agree that the number nine is the most auspicious number, so it’s no wonder that this is the favoured number of fish for your tank or aquarium. The number nine is the number for prosperity, which symbolizes your wealth having a long life span.
Combination of Nine Fish
The best combination of nine fish in an aquarium is eight goldfish or Arrowana fish (often referred to as a dragon fish and is best used in a koi pond due to grown size of over four feet) and one black-coloured goldfish (black moor).
With the combination of eight red and one black fish, the fish symbolize prosperity, energy and good fortune. The number eight is the major prosperity number for feng shui practices.
Create an Auspicious Aquarium
According to feng shui principles, adding an aquarium to your home or office is an excellent way to attract auspicious chi into your space, especially for good luck, abundance and prosperity. It is extremely important that a feng shui aquarium:
· Is always clean
· Has circulating oxygenated water
· Is properly maintained
· Has an interesting environment for the fish
· Has a balance of the five elements of feng shui: Water, wood, fire, earth and metal.; elements can be symbolic
· Is filled with happy fish living in a clean tank that are fed correctly, are healthy, and circulate positive energy
The most important rule for an aquarium is to keep the water clean. If the water becomes stagnant or dirty, the fish will not be healthy or happy. This type of unkempt aquarium attracts negative energy (sha chi) that can impact all areas of your life especially your wealth sector.