Steps to Starting a Saltwater Aquarium


If you are a lover of exotic fish and aquariums it's a good matter starting a saltwater aquarium and invest in it. The joy you'll get from your fish makes a saltwater tank worth the difficulty implied in setting it up.

There are things you need:

– Three Buckets
– Hydrometer And Testing Jar
– Dechlorinated water
– Thermometers
– Plants
– Mildewcide Or Bleach
– Heater
– Distilled Water
– Decorations
– Tank

Prepare the tank.

Check the tank for leaks. Then, clean the tank with a solution of 1 teaspoon of pure bleach for every 5 gallons of water. Rub the tank, plastic plants, decorations and rocks. Rinse everything despite many times with clean water. Never use soap or detergent to clean anything that will enter your tank. Put a 1/4-inch sheet of Styrofoam under the
tank to facilitate the distribution of the weight more evenly. Please remember that the tank will need to be placed near an electric outlet and away from direct sunlight or drafts.

As a general rule, avoid using any metal gear. Water will corrode it.


Set up the filtration system. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully because models vary in their installation. Thus, wash the substrate thoroughly before you put it in the tank. Figure on 1 lb. of gravel per gallon the tank holds. Put the plants in, anchoring the bottoms in the substrate.

Time to fill the tank.

Fill a large bucket with clean, dechlorinated water. Utilizing a hydrometer (a device used to read how much salinity is diffused in the water), then add salt. Your target is a specific concentration between 1.020 and 1.023. Fill your tank with the saltwater, leaving approximately an inch at the top. If a tank is not level, tension will be put on the seams and could cause an temporary leakage.

Start the filtering system.

Add the heater and thermometer. Almost marine fish have better between 75 and 80 degrees. Let everything run for at least 72 hours and acquire the right temperature settings and the water moving. Cycle the fish tank. A just-set-up aquarium lacks the bacteria that it necessitates to constituent a constant biological cycle.

Add your fish when densenesses of chemical compounds are all in agreement and the tank temperature is within indicated limitations.

Purchase a powerhead. In the aquariums, water motion is an absolute requirement. Be careful not to get one so big that it causes a whirlpool effect.

Get a protein skimmer, which is a requisite for marine tanks. This permit to get rid of the organic debris from the water before it has time to commute to nitrates.

Keep in mind that you'll also require an external water pump and possibly an air pump for your skimmer.

The installation is after all only the beginning. You'll have to take care of the aquarium once it's up and functioning too. Starting a saltwater aquarium is capturing, and with some basic training and preparation it should be either confusing nor intimidating.

The principal reason for experimenting an aquarium fish is the incredibly pictorial color fish and assortment of different species.

Source by Eugenio Pastanella