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Setting Up and Maintaining a Saltwater Aquarium

If you are considering setting up an aquarium you do need to be aware that saltwater aquariums are more of a challenge to setup and maintain than freshwater tanks.

Saltwater aquariums are very touchy when it comes to water chemistry and other factors so you must be careful and have the proper know-how to maintain it. When it comes to aquarium creatures, the saltwater tank can have a much wider diversity of marine life than a freshwater tank. Saltwater aquariums allow you to have multi-colored fish that originate from the ocean reefs. Other creatures that you can place in a saltwater tank include anemones, crustaceans, live coral, as well as other unique sea creatures. The diversity of creatures that live in the ocean can really give your saltwater aquarium a tropical feeling.

This is a big reason why I love saltwater aquariums in comparison to freshwater ones. But that is my personal opinion. Before taking the plunge in setting up a saltwater aquarium, it is highly recommended that you do a lot of research in relation to the creatures that you want to put into it. The more knowledge you take in, the more successful you will be.

Some of the basic items that you will need to purchase for your tank include: an aquarium, substrate, a heater, thermometer, filter(s), power head(s), water pump, air pump, and a protein skimmer.

If you a beginner, you may want to set up a fish-only saltwater aquarium. Why? Because it is the least expensive saltwater type and it keeps it simpler because you only have to maintain fish.

For more advanced aquarists; you may want to consider adding in live rock. Live rock is exactly that, alive! It has creatures and other things that live inside and on the outside of the rock.

If you want to try adding live rock to your aquarium, do a lot of research first, because there are a lot of different kinds of live rock and it can be rather expensive.

As time progresses and you become even more adept at keeping a saltwater environment alive, you may want to take it to the next level and try your hand at a true reef system.

Saltwater reef aquariums are very expensive and require a great deal of knowledge about perfect water chemistry, balanced lighting conditions, supplements, and filtration. These systems also require reverse osmosis water, and/or deionized water.

Nano saltwater aquariums are popular, but to be truly successful you must have an aquarium that starts around 55 gallons and goes up from there. The smaller the tank the more difficult it will be to maintain the proper parameters to keep the tank balanced.

Once you have determined what size you are wanting, then you must decide on whether you want an all glass aquarium, or if you want an acrylic one. Both are excellent choices, but both have their share of issues, so do a lot of research.

Another thing that you want to consider is the location that you want to put your aquarium. Putting your aquarium in a location that has too much light or too little light can be hazardous. Also, consider temperature. Wherever you place the tank, it should be an area that maintains a consistent temperature.

If you are going to place items in your tank, such as decorations, you want to make sure that they are suitable for saltwater. Some items can leak poisons into the water and with saltwater creatures this would definitely prove to be fatal.

You must also have a good filtration system for your saltwater aquarium. These range from mechanical, chemical, and biological. Again, do a lot of research on which ones will work with your setup.

Another important item that you will want to get for your aquarium is a hydrometer. This device will help you to maintain the proper balance that is needed between salt and fresh water. Most people are not aware that in a saltwater tank a little freshwater evaporates everyday whereas the salt content stays the same. As this normal process happens, if no new freshwater is added back into the system, the salt levels can raise to dangerous levels. So let me drive home this important point: top off everyday with FRESHWATER. Never replace lost water with saltwater, this will only add more salt into the system causing major problems. A hydrometer will help you to maintain that balance of proper salinity.

Let me conclude by saying that setting up and maintaining a saltwater aquarium can be an awesome hobby to get into. But it also takes a lot of knowledge and work to keep it stable. The cost is also something else that you want to take into consideration because it does take a lot of items to keep it going. If you choose to setup a saltwater tank, whether it is a fish only, live rock, or a reef aquarium, you will find something that you will come to appreciate and enjoy for years to come.

Fish Tank Aquarium Advice for Beginners

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Articles About Tetra's

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Aquarium Articles for Beginners

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Tips on How To Care For Your Aquarium

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Fish Keeping - An Introduction
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Information About Betta's for Beginners

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Information About Black Betta
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Betta tankmates have to be chosen as carefully as a person chooses a roommate. Pick the wrong fish, and your betta will suffer. Choose the wrong roommate for yourself and you may suffer. Betta Tankmates - Choosing Roomies For Your Betta Splendens is a must read for anybody wanting to keep these awesome creatures.

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Home Aquarium Setup Tips

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