Written by Dena on the fourm. Shows how to set up a planted aquarium using potting soil.
Don't get me wrong - freshwater set-ups can be equally beautiful and rewarding to keep. And If you owned a basic 10 gallon or larger aquarium as a kid that was freshwater. Than it's a good chance that the love of this hobby is still engrained within you and you're now curious about how it would be to own a marine, or saltwater aquarium.
As I mentioned earlier, this article is based on how I would setup a reef aquarium of 65 gallons. This type of aquarium could easily be lit by 6-8 48″ 40 Watt fluorescent lamps and give excellent results with the majority of corals available. I generally recommend a 1:1 wattage ratio of blue and daylight spectrum lamps such as the Philips Actinic 03 and the Sylvania Daylight, respectively. The choice in fluorescent lamps is seemingly endless and the types you choose will ultimately be determined by their availability. Of course you can also use high output fluorescents of say 60 W if you prefer and if you use specular aluminum reflectors you will get even more usable intensity. For tanks of greater height, light intensity becomes more of a factor. Generally speaking, tanks 24″ high or greater will require using high output or even very high output (VHO) fluorescent lamps or metal halide. These fluorescent lamps will require different ballasts than regular 40 W lamps, so you will need to take this into consideration when choosing or changing the lighting system.
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How to Set Up An Aquarium: Aquarium Basics - Drs. Foster and Smith
Want to learn how to set up a basic saltwater tank using live rock. Check this article out. Setting up a saltwater aquarium can be very expensive and you will want to get stuff set up right the first time.This freshwater aquarium setup article explains how to set up a basic freshwater fish tank. We'll start with a short list of the equipment you'll need and then give you a step by step guide on setting up or starting your first freshwater fish tank. For the experienced saltwater aquarium keepers, or those willing to put in the leg work (research) into learning how to successfully setup a reef tank. If keeping fancy corals, clams or other invertebrates is what you are interested in doing read the reef tank setup guide.There is also a ton of information online on saltwater fish. Do yourself a huge favor by reading as much as you can before you invest any money in your aquarium equipment and fish. You'll be glad you did. To get a general idea of how much it costs to setup a saltwater aquarium, check out the page for more info.This is for anyone interested in learning how to set up a saltwater aquarium. A saltwater aquarium setup doesn't have to be difficult. It just takes some effort on your part to learn about and research the necessary topics in order to have a good saltwater aquarium setup. Here we cover the basics of what you need to start that saltwater aquarium.The second most common problem during start-up is high ammonia. When an aquarium is first set up, there is an insufficient number of the nitrifying bacteria to take care of the ammonia excreted by the fish. This is why it is recommended that you initially buy only a few fish. As stated earlier, the nitrifying bacteria are slow growing so it takes them several days to start converting appreciable amounts of ammonia to nitrite. Research in my laboratory, for instance, shows that in a 10-gallon aquarium stocked with 10 adult-sized tiger barbs, the ammonia will continue to rise for 7 days before starting to decrease. Usually it is not until 11 or 12 days after setup that the ammonia concentration drops below 0.1 mg/L. In this same series of the tests, the ammonia level reached nearly 3 mg/L. Thus one needs to be prepared to do water changes for the first two weeks of a newly set-up aquarium. To reduce the maximum amount of ammonia don’t overfeed the tank. Start with a few fish and feed only twice a day. I suggest about 5 fish per 10 gallons depending upon the size of the fish. Change about 15% of the water every 3 days for the first 2 weeks and you’ll probably have no problems.