Plastic Aquarium

By · Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Plastic Aquarium

In the early days of keeping a marine aquarium or saltwater that had to go to sea for water. Now, years later, questions arise, whence bags of salt to make saltwater for the fish? Do you just add a mixture of salt water? If so, how can I tell if the mixture of salt correctly? Then you hear the rumor that maintain the level of salt water into the tank is difficult. Here in the world of salt to create a healthy environment where fish will thrive.

Rest assured that you no longer have to drive to the ocean to get salt water. You can go to most pet and aquarium stores and buy salt of your aquarium in either a dry form or mixed salt-mixed ready to use water. There are four ways to purchase for your saltwater aquarium.

  1. The most popular is the purchase of dry salt mixed in a box, plastic bag or bucket. Just follow the instructions on the label and add the recommended amount salt to the touch, RO, DI or distilled water.
  2. Another popular form for the purchase of salt for saltwater aquarium is to buy premixed. Many pet stores and aquariums mixing of large quantities of salt water in the tanks so that consumers (you) can buy to put the containers (usually holding 5 gallons) for fill. Most shops use purified water such as reverse osmosis or deionized water to mix with the mixture of sea salt. Purified water eliminates many unwanted water pollutants.
  3. One of the newest methods is to buy bottles of salt water. The sea water is collected, purified and bottled. This water is more expensive than salt dry mixes, but the manufacturers claim many benefits of using its water.
  4. The final and most exciting way to get salt water is passing by an ocean and go to sea to collect all the water they need.

Most of us will go to our local pet store and saltwater aquariums for the purchase of our tanks. Regardless of how you choose to salt water before adding to your saltwater aquarium ever tested.

The first test should measure the specific gravity or amount of salt in water. You want to ensure the correct salt content, specific gravity should be between 1.019 and 1,025. Test density with a hydrometer. A hydrometer popular style is a plastic box with a floating swing arm. When filling out the plastic box with salt water, floats tilt and points to a scale indicating how much salt in the water. If you are reading too high on the scale to add more water if too low add more salt mixture. Hydrometers are easy to use and test saltwater breeze.

Once the salt level is correct make sure your pH, ammonia and nitrite levels are also where they belong. One final thought: Salt does not evaporate, so that at any moment in your aquarium water drops due to evaporation, add water (no salt) to fill Aquarium backup.

For more expert advice on setting up a marine or saltwater aquarium, water quality and great saltwater starter fish visit for a step-by-step manual.

© 2008 Laurren Schmoyer

Dedicated to your aquatic success,

Laurren Schmoyer

Laurren Schmoyer is the founder and CEO of Aquamain’s Fish World and Aquatic Experts. Aquamain’s is one of the largest aquarium stores on the east coast. Laurren has written several guides to help new hobbyists get started in the right direction.


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