Coral Rock

By · Friday, January 29th, 2010

Coral Rock

The weekly water changes, constant water tests in place of VHO lighting, the addition of supplements are just some of the elements involved in successful saltwater tank fish. Needless to say, a lot of dedication and time are needed to keep up with the needs of your fish tank. That said, more and more people are opting to convert their tanks with saltwater to freshwater. This can easily be done if you follow these simple easy steps.

1. The existing gravel trap in the tank. Remove as much debris in the sand as possible. Would you do this to minimize confusion later. Moreover, is better if the substrate is replaced with a new type.

2. Empty water tank. Remove salt water as possible.

3. Remove any rocks, the coral, or other decorations in the tank. If you have "live rock" in direct sunlight and wait until it turns white. Can be used in new settings if you maintenance plans cichlids or other fish that likes high pH (ie 8.3)

4. Remove as much substrate as possible. The best tool to use is a plastic dustpan. It makes it easy to remove the sand by scooping out, as you would if using a shovel. A network of ministries too, but has a tendency to bend, and the weight will cause the mesh to tear.

5. Once the tank is empty, fill it with fresh water from the hose the garden and using the empty trap. Repeat this process 2-3 times to ensure that no residual salt in the tank. The other option (if you can stand) is taking out and rinse the tank out.

6. Once the tank is clean. Fill with fresh water, dechlorinate the water with a good product, I use Seachem Prime, and fire up the filter.

7. Add decorations, new gravel, treasure chest bubbles, etc.

8. Add one or two fish, once the temperature stabilizes. A good rule of thumb is to wait about 24 hours before adding the first fish.

9. Seeing the fish for two weeks, if not showing signs of stress (eg, resting in a corner, rapid breathing, red streaks on their fins, or anything unusual) and then go ahead and add more fish.

So in 9 simple steps turn your saltwater tank into a freshwater fish tank that you will enjoy for years to come. If you’d like more information about this or any other topic, visit our website at Your feedback is always welcome.

Love your fish.

Aquatic Life Federation is a full service pond and aquarium care/installation business. We work closely with our customers to ensure that they are fully satisfied with their fish. With so many variables that go into keeping saltwater, tropical, and pond fish healthy and happy, let us partner with you in this journey providing you with the knowledge and guidance necessary to allow you to Love Your Fish.

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