Saltwater Aquarium Setup - How to set up a Marine Reef Fish Tank
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I’ve been asked how to set-up a many times by people who are starting to think about getting a marine aquarium. As with all things in this hobby, there is more than one way to set-up a healthy and thriving aquarium. Before you can get to the point of a detailed step-by-step how to set-up a marine aquarium, you must first consider a few of the critical element to having a great set-up. Once you have those basic elements figured out, planning the rest of the set-up quickly starts to become really easy.
The following is based on how I set-up my marine aquariums and covers the basics. As you may already appreciate, there are differences in how you set-up a salt water tank from a fresh water tank. Higher water quality, a stable salt level, and more , just to name a few. Many people recommend to start with a Fish Only With (FOWLR) tank and learn about the requirements for that as a starting point. If you want a reef tank, you will need to build upon this, as the stability of the water quality and lighting will become even more important. That approach also worked very well for me
A third type is the reef aquarium setup. This marine environment is designed primarily for keeping corals and invertebrates, with fish as more of an afterthought. Keeping a reef tank is more technical than keeping a saltwater tank, requiring both more knowledge and equipment. But beware, as you become an advanced marine aquarist, you may find yourself becoming excited about keeping a mini reef!
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The substrate is the material at the bottom of your aquarium, and in some marine tanks it will have an important role as part of the biological filter. Most people choose aragonite substrate, as it helps maintain the alkalinity and pH levels. Live sand is the collective name for marine aquarium sands with live bacteria and micro-organisms that act as a biological filter. Live sand is often used along with live rock in reef setups, whereas aragonite is mostly used for fish only aquariums. There are three common types of saltwater aquarium setups. The Fish Only, the Fish Only with Live Rock (FOWLR) and a reef tank. I really just consider two of those as viable setups. The fish only set up is really kind of difficult in terms of biological control of the filter and (in my opinion) makes it harder to keep a saltwater tank without live rock. Live rock is awesome and will become the primary biological filter in your tank. FOWLR tanks are the way to go for someone new to the saltwater side of the hobby. Reef tanks require a little more precision and can be much more expensive to set up and stock because they require more equipment and more expensive livestock usually. Well, for the type of saltwater fish tank setup (marine aquarium) described in this article check out the checklist guide below for the equipment needed.This is the most important part of keeping not just a marine reef tank setup, but any type of fish or animal. Without proper research how can someone determine if they can adequately care for their fish? We as aquarists have a direct impact on the life or death of our fish and invertebrates. Please don't take this responsibility lightly. These are after all, living beings.