Saltwater aquariums is the latest trend among aquarium hobbyists. Having a saltwater aquarium is creating a habitat in order to have a saltwater fish as your pet. You can have this aquarium easily, provided you follow some tips which are necessary to be followed in order to maintain a suitable home for your pet from the ocean.
Below given are only some basic steps and do not forget that keeping a salt water tank is way more complicated than having a freshwater tank and hence, you should be ready to maintain it properly before deciding to set up one.
Choose the Right Tank Size
You should be aware of the right tank size to choose which should not be small for your fish. You should purchase the biggest possible tank which fits your budget as well as the space where you wish to keep it. Make sure you clean it before setting it up.
You need to choose if you want to set up a tank with only fish or a tank with live rocks as well. Live rocks are rocks which have bacteria and other living thing in the rock and this can act as a great source of filtration and also make your fish feel more at its natural home. You can also choose to have coral reefs in your tank.
As the title suggests, you cannot use direct fresh water for these tanks. You need to use the RODI water, which is Reverse Osmosis Deionized water as tap water contains added chemicals. You can get this water at aquariums. Add the aquarium salt according to the suggested quantity on the packet. Add it only when you conduct a water change.
Gather the Equipment
There is some equipment which is vital for your Salt water aquarium. It includes ample amounts of LED lights and if you have corals in your tank, you need the T5 lights which supply the required light needs of the corals. Aquarium filters according to the size of your tank should be bought from the aquarium.
Choose the right substrates, which either includes, pebbles, sand or soil and sand is the most suitable for salt water aquariums. Make sure you wash and dry the substrate multiple times before adding it to the tank.
By following these easy tips, you can set up a wonderful salt water tank provided you can maintain it regularly.