Saltwater Aquarium Tips

saltwater fishWhether you decide to go with a fish-only tank, or if you want a fish-only-with-live-rock tank F.O.W.L.R.), or if you want a reef tank, there are certain saltwater aquarium tips that can make the process easier, less expensive and ultimately, more enjoyable. First and foremost, know that people in the marine aquarium industry have varying opinions. They range from really helpful and intelligent to downright stupid and borderline reckless. The problem is that if you don’t educate yourself at least a little bit, any of those opinions could sound reasonable. Always ask questions that you are sure you know the answers to. If the answer that you receive from the store owner or employee sounds convoluted then try another store. The key is to find someone that you can trust and stick with them and their aquarium advice.

Patience, Patience, Patience – No other tip will be as helpful as this. If you try to go too fast, you might as well throw dollar bills into the tank. Because if you put fish or corals or anything else into an aquarium that isn’t cycled and stable it will be the same thing as tossing money into the tank. So if you aren’t going to be patient, throw the money in the tank. At least that way you’ll spare the lives of some fish.

Tank Size — Generally speaking, it’s more difficult to maintain and regulate a small saltwater fish tank. The smaller the tank, the less stable the system. They also limit the amount of fish and the size of fish that you can keep. Avoid Small Tanks! Small tanks are nothing but trouble. Good beginner aquariums for salt water keeping are best if they are fifty gallons or larger. It will be greatly appreciated by this author, your fish, and eventually you if you heed this tip.

What Fish Do You Like? — Take a look online, read informational posts, visit local stores that carry saltwater fish to determine what type of fish and/or invertebrates you would like to care for. Some tank inhabitants will have certain filtration and lighting requirements that may deter you from your choice. Other fish may prove to be too delicate or too hard to keep. Cross them off your list. Tough to keep, delicate fish are a struggle even for very experienced aquarists.

Some Maintenance Is Required – Maintenance doesn’t have to be dreaded chore that takes forever to do. A twenty fivefull reef to thirty percent water change every month is typically sufficient to keep a stable and thriving environment. Cleaning filters as needed and visually checking the fish and equipment every other day or so can eliminate any major concerns.

Too Many Fish – Remember, it is better to be proud of a few beautiful fish than to make excuses for ill or dying fish. A good rule of thumb, assuming that filters are adequate and water quality is good, is to put no more than one inch of fish per five gallons of saltwater.  For example; a hundred gallon tank can handle approximately twenty inches of fish.  Now that number can be adjusted according to the type of fish and the overall filtration of the tank.

Over Feeding Kills – Overfeeding fish is a disaster in the making. There are no healthy saltwater tanks that are overfed. Healthy fish will eat what they need on a daily basis within five minutes one time per day. If the tank is in a Monday to Friday office, they will be fine not eating over the weekend. Overfeeding will turn into ammonia and eventually nitrates. Excessive nitrates will turn toxic and water changes will have to be done much more often just to keep up with the overfeeding.

This hobby can be a nightmare. This hobby can be awesome. The choice is yours. Find someone knowledgeable that you can trust. Above all else, be patient. Hopefully this article on saltwater aquarium tips has been helpful.

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Saltwater Aquarium Tips
So you want to set up a saltwater fish tank. Keep in mind the above tips and your stress level in the end will be much less than if you go into the hobby simply trusting the "guy" you know that has a tank. Simple, slow and stressless makes for a enjoyable tank.

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