Maintaining a Salt Water Fish Tank

Article by Jim May

You spent a good deal of time and money putting together your salt water desktop aquarium. Now, you are ready and able to fill it with the fish that you have loved to own. Yet, just because you are stocking it full of the fish that you want does not mean that you are done taking care of it. The leading cause of deaths in fish in salt water desktop fish tank is that they are not in the right quality of water. It is essential as a fish owner for you to take care in maintaining the tank’s water quality. This is your largest responsibility even.

To do this, though, there are several things that you need to do in order to make sure that you have the best quality of water and the right conditions for your fish to be in. You will need to test several things within your tank every two weeks. You should not do this testing when you have just added water to the fish tank or when you have just added a new fish to your tank. These things will throw off the quality of water instantly.


• Nitrate Levels • Salinity Levels • pH levels • Ammonia levels • Nitrite levels

To know if these levels are right on, you will need to know what your fish need to have. This is something that you should know before you even purchase your fish. You will want to find out what needs the fish have and ensure that all the varieties of fish that you place into the salt water aquarium agree on these levels.

Now, if the levels are off from what they should be, you should purchase the right chemicals to help to level them out. These can be found at your local pet supply store that stocks fish or you can find them on the web. If your pH levels are off, you can adjust them by adding a tablespoon of baking soda to the tank in cases where you need to raise it. In cases where you need to increase the level of salinity, add table salt to the water. If the water in your tank is too salty, which is common, you can add dechlorinated water to the tank to balance this out.

Taking care of your salt water mini aquarium will become more like a task that is natural and normal rather than a challenge and too much trouble. Taking care of your fish is a great way to learn more about them and to get to interact with them. You can become mesmerized by their beauty.

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