Starting a Saltwater Aquarium – Picking a Saltwater Aquarium

Article by Chris Ball

Have you ever been captivated by the beauty found in a saltwater aquarium? The bright colors and unique fishes found in an aquarium reveal so much of the oceans natural beauty, yet they can be found in the comfort of your very own home! Even though this magnificent beauty is enticing, many people choose not to invest in a saltwater aquarium because they’ve heard that maintaining a saltwater aquarium is more difficult than maintaining a freshwater aquarium. The truth is that the saltwater aquariums, while acquiring more of an investment, will provide you with a beautiful display of the ocean ecosystem and once in place will be no more difficult to maintain that a freshwater aquarium.

One of the most important decisions you will make when starting your aquarium will be the size. An important rule to remember is that the bigger your saltwater aquarium is the better, not because of shear size but because a larger tank will be more forgiving when it comes to mistakes. If you are a beginner the best size for you may be a 55 gallon tank. It is also important to remember that saltwater fish require more space than freshwater fish. So having a larger tank will enable you to have a more successful start.

After choosing your tank size you will be able to make educated decisions concerning the rest of the equipment for your saltwater aquarium. The aquarium size will determine the type of filtration you will need, the type of lighting you will need, and the type of environment you will create for your fish. You will want to be sure that if you are going to have “live rocks,” or rocks that have been transplanted from an ocean environment, you will want a good filtration system. All of these decisions are affected by the size of the tank you purchase. Again, a 55 gallon tank is the best size to start with because it will enable you to make some mistakes while still developing your saltwater ecosystem.

As you set up your aquarium begin to keep a log of all the different equipment that you purchase and place into the system so that you can see the effect that each piece will have. For example, a filtration system may effect the Alkalinity of the water. Knowing the effect of the different pieces of equipment in your aquarium will be incredibly beneficial if you ever encounter a problem with the system. A log will most certainly be a beneficial tool as you begin developing your aquarium.

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