I have always loved watching fish. So we discussed it, and decided to get a medium sized tank. Today, he found an awesome deal on a 46 gallon bowfront with a lovely oak stand and a Fluval 308 canister filter, among other extras, and surprised me with it. All I have to do is clean the tank and stand up. Nothing that warm water and a sponge couldn't fix. I have been reading everything I can for the last few months, and feel pretty confident with this size tank, and have an excellent resource right down the road in the form of my local specialty store. So, I have everything cleaned and ready to go. However, our living room is set up weird, so I only have two options: in front of the front window (covered by blackout/energy saver curtains that we rarely open since my dogs bark at my hummingbird feeder hanging right outside it. Newer windows, so no drafts) or the interior wall next to my couch which will narrow my hallway entrance, and puts it closer to my fireplace, which we do use in the winter. Otherwise, I will have to put it in another room, which will severely limit my enjoyability of it. Can anyone recommend the better solution here? In the interest of full disclosure, there is a temperate basement under the house, and the interior wall is a load bearing wall. Whoever built this house reinforced ALL the flooring for the main floor. My preference would be to put it by the window simply because it would work best with the set up of the room and still allow us to be able to move large objects down the hall if ever we need to. But if it would cause issues for a freshwater tank, then I will put it against the wall. My hope is to go to the local supply in a few weeks, and pick out a couple dwarf gourami (1 male, 1-2 females), and a few community tank mates (I love angels too, so suggestions on whether or not they could live together in a planted tank, and/or what others could all go together much appreciated!) after planting and cycling the tank and getting the nitrogen cycle established. So, what I guess I am saying, is HELP! Thanks everyone!