Submersible Aquarium

By · Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Submersible Aquarium

A reef aquarium is very different from an aquarium fish only. Not only do you need a different computer, but you need a totally different skill to create and maintain successful reef tank. Although you can keep fish in your reef aquarium, the main focus of a coral reef tank is to show live. The introduction of certain species of fish can help maintain the reef environment and special care must be taken in selecting suitable species to supplement the coral in your tank.

Reef aquariums are mainly filtered by the rock through a natural process. This biological filtration is usually using protein skimmers. Skimmers use what is called the fracture process to eliminate foam debris and filter water. A combination of biological filtration and protein skimmers are very effective in maintaining a reef aquarium in ideal conditions.

Unlike the only fish tanks, reef tanks require constant water movement. The different types of corals require different flow rates, but as a rule, a flow rate of 10x is sufficient. What this means is that the flow rate should be 10 times the capacity of the tank (in gallons) per hour. It is important to adjust and refine the flow rates for specific coral in your tank.

One of the most Popular creating a water flow by using power heads. They are just small water pumps under the water creating a flow of water when you alternately switch them off. By using a wave timer, the pumps are synchronized to create a flow of water. A new method for creating and managing water flow is the use of submersible propeller pumps. Though more expensive, they use less energy and can produce a greater flow of water compared to the heads of energy.

Another important aspect of the reef aquarium is lighting. While the fish tanks are mainly used only to illuminate the screen, a reef tank needs light to "feed" the coral. From the coral uses photosynthesis to survive, lighting is the most important aspect of maintaining your life coral.

Lighting levels required for each type of coral is highly variable. While some types of rock require very high levels of light, some only need low light levels. Special care must be taken when picking coral for your tank to make sure your tank lighting is sufficient. As a rule Usually 5 to 8 watts per gallon should be sufficient for most common corals.

Article by AquaAquariums.
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