Start Your Own Saltwater Fish Tank

 


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Saltwater fish tanks are mesmerizing.  It’s amazing to create and observe an environment in your own home.  Before you go out and buy fish for your saltwater tank, however, you have some planning to do! The more planning you do ahead of time, the less problems you will have to experience.

First, you might not even be aware that you have options besides just fish.  Some tropical fish tanks have several different kinds of fish with rocks and other synthetic decorations.  Some have beautiful living reefs, with only a few fish.  Reef aquariums can be just as fun as fish aquariums.  You are still creating your own living ecosystem, with awesome varieties of color, textures, and potential for growth and change.

The reason you have to determine what kind of inhabitants you want ahead of time is because the systems have different needs.  Temperature, filtration systems, and other preparations will usually be different.  You should be aware that not all fish can live with beautiful coral reefs.  If you’re not sure which you would like, it might be a good idea to set up your tank with an environment that would be acceptable for either.

It’s a really good idea to go to a pet store with a notebook.  Write down every species that you find fascinating.  Through the store, books, or the Internet, research each species.  You can determine what kind of environment it needs and what other species are compatible.

Your next decision is how big your tank should be.  The usual rule of thumb is about one gallon for every inch of full grown fish, and about two gallons for every inch of reef.  Some people think five gallons per inch of fish is better.  When in doubt, go with a bigger tank.  Your fish will be happier.  You should only add one to three fish at a time, even when you add your first fish.  Resist the urge to create a fully populated tank.

Now you have to figure out where to keep the aquarium.  Once set up, it will be very heavy and difficult to move.  It should be safe from direct sunlight and drafts, and near an electrical outlet.  The aquarium should sit on an appropriate stand that can safely support the weight.  It’s convenient to get a stand that also serves as a storage unit, where you can keep your maintenance tools handy.

You can buy a full aquarium kit or separate tank, gravel (or live sand), filtration system, heater, lighting, and thermometer.  It’s a good idea to pick up a step by step set up guide or book, available at fish and pet stores.

The most important thing to remember is that starting your own saltwater tank requires a lot of patience.  You can’t just go buy fish and set up the tank when you get home.  You have to plan your system, let the water cycle and become ready for your fish, test the water, then slowly add fish with lots of testing to make sure everything is still going smoothly.  It’s an investment of time, but well worth it when you get to experience the ecosystem you’ve created. . If you would like to find out more about saltwater fish then please feel free to visit my web site that has some other useful information.

Ashley Barnard is a keen saltwater fish enthusiest, over the years he has developed a great passion for these fish and by doing so has learnt a great deal ablout them. In his article he has outlined just a few tips on starting a saltwater fish tank, and if you would like more information then please feel free to go to his web site for more information at http://www.saltwaterfish-tanks.com

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