Saltwater aquariums are becoming increasingly popular in the aquarium industry. The salty waters can host a variety of interesting species of fish and plants alike.
Saltwater aquariums are easy to set up yet take more effort and experience to successfully run. Most saltwater fish species are suitable for beginners, with very few making the intermediate and expert level. There is an exceptionally large range of colorful and fascinating saltwater fish species, with some in abnormal shapes unseen with freshwater species.
Setting up your saltwater aquarium is made easy by providing all the essentials first, then later slowly adding decorations and fish. This article will provide you with guidance to ensure you have the best experience setting up your saltwater aquarium.
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Buyers Guide (Checklist & Price)
A novice setting up their very own saltwater aquarium for the first time can expect to spend approximately $400 to $1,500 for brand new items, tanks, equipment, and a suitable stand.
Although aquarium equipment is expensive, purchasing quality items will save you money in the long run as cheaper makes and brands typically do not last long and will require you to keep replacing them.
Place the tank on a straight and stable surface. The tank should be leveled with no dips. Place the aquarium close to an outlet source. You will need to plug-in electrical equipment safely. Make sure a qualified electrician checks the electrical connection before you turn off the equipment. Rinse out the tank with a diluted mix of pure apple cider vinegar and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a paper-based material.
Each electrical piece of equipment must be thoroughly checked to ensure it is working properly. Test your tank’s water weekly and refill up the water. Do not add more salt as the salt is left behind when water is evaporated.
Ensure to do necessary water changes when required. Slowly add fish into the tank to ensure the tank does not experience an ammonia spike due to the aquarium not being able to handle the surge in bio-load.
Setting up your saltwater aquarium can be made easy by purchasing a saltwater tank starter kit which is available at local fish stores. Although they do not provide every necessary item for saltwater tanks, they provide a good start.
Setting up a saltwater tank is more complicated than a freshwater tank, but once you get the basics of the set-up, you will find it easier to establish your very own saltwater aquarium.
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