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By · Monday, December 7th, 2009

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Starting a saltwater aquarium is a task that can be fun and rewarding, or devastating. All depends on how well put together which provides a good ecosystem for saltwater fish to survive in.

When creating a saltwater aquarium you need to make a decision on such a large aquarium that will be achieved. For a beginner, a larger tank may be better. The most significant reason is more chemically stable aquarium. Many fans with experience suggest 55 gallons / 200L or more for a beginner when it comes to saltwater aquariums.

You also have to choose between glass and acrylic aquariums in the preparation Setup a saltwater aquarium. The glass aquariums will become clearer in recent years, but not isolate the tank well, and are more fragile. Acrylic can scratch, but is stronger and insulates better (may require a small heater). Glass aquariums are usually the cheapest option.

You should begin by deciding on the location establishing a salt water aquarium at home. This is important because the configuration of your saltwater aquarium will be successful or not. You do not want a place where no change is too hot during the day, or a place in the tank is subjected to a lot of sunlight. This will not provide a environment that is constant in temperature for the fish, and could lead to excess algae (due to direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays). You must also ensure place the tank so that is not in the way in their daily lives.

When creating a saltwater aquarium you want to consider that the tank can not be easy to move once the tank is full. Salt water weighs about 8.5 pounds per gallon and that the weight can add gravel decorations, etc. So be sure that is where you really want before you start setting up your saltwater aquarium.

Make sure the aquarium, aquarium stand and other equipment over aquarium fit in the space you have chosen. Leave a gap behind access to clean behind the aquarium and maintain the aquarium equipment. Setting up an aquarium saltwater after all is only the beginning. You have to watch the tank once it's up and running. .

It is best to clean the tank before use. No Use cleaners, solvents, etc. as they may leave a residue that can harm fish. Very small amounts of pure bleach can be used as a lid for 10 gallon water, and be sure to rinse well afterwards.

Now you have to decide what kind of people you want in your saltwater aquarium before establishing it. This could only fish, fish with live rock, or perhaps a complete system of Coral. Fish only might be the easiest alternative if this is your aquarium salt water first. However, it could be relatively easy to upgrade to a full reef system later if you make a good, well planned, while setting up your saltwater aquarium. The creation of a saltwater aquarium, offers many options.

Choosing an aquarium filter.

There are more than one type of filtration needed in a saltwater aquarium. These are the biological, mechanical and chemical filtration.

Biological filtration removes ammonia, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates (some), created by biological processes and other fish in the aquarium. The process involves the conversion of ammonia / ammonium to nitrite harmful. Then the nitrite is converted into harmless nitrates. Live Rock can support bacteria and protein Skimmers are among the biological filtration systems. .

Chemical Filtration is another important aspect of setup saltwater aquarium. Be removed several chemicals that dissolve in water. Visually, these remove the discoloration of water may occur without the leak.

Mechanical filtration is also important for the removal of matter, such as too much uneaten food, fish waste and other debris that might land in the tank.

The mixture of salt water

Follow the instructions with the salt mixture you have chosen. Also, only add fresh water after is made of water. The water evaporates, while the salt does not which means that the salinity in the tank fluctuates. Therefore, you should use a hydrometer to monitor of gravity (salinity), and add salt to bring the salinity when necessary. Remember, do not add salt when replacing evaporated water.

The Lo first thing to do when you have the setup of your aquarium and filled it with water the water is cycling. Let the filtration system run a week or more before adding the fish and not after introducing a few hardy fish. Maidens are a good choice for beginners.

Add to the aquarium fish at 2 maybe a week at most and preferably in pairs. You should not add more than 1 fish per 10 gallons, and remember that the amount of water is not the size of the tank, like other things in the tank (including fish) occupy a space not available to fish. Introduce new fish to your aquarium very carefully to avoid cause unnecessary stress to the fish.

Good luck

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