Dreaming of having your very own saltwater fish tank can be very relaxing and stressful at the same time. For beginners, your mind’s usually filled with tons of questions and horrific scenarios that can definitely discourage you from starting out in the first place.
Will my fishes survive? How many should I put inside the tank? Do I need to have a big aquarium or just start off with a small one?
Creating a simple yet beautiful saltwater fish tank doesn’t have to be complicated. The key to overcoming the stress and the fear is by learning these simple steps in crafting your personalized saltwater fish tank:
1. Start by making a checklist of all the necessary materials and equipment that you may need in making a saltwater fish tank. The things that you may need would include the following:
- Canister filter and protein skimmer
- Sea salt mix
- Substrate (sand or crushed coral)
- Tank decorations (live rock, artificial coral)
- Thermometer or hydrometer
- Water pump
2. Purchase the necessary equipment and materials from a local or online pet store. Make sure that all of the machines are in good working condition prior to the purchase.
3. Rinse the saltwater aquarium with water only. Soap residues can be very harmful to tropical fishes. In addition, the saltwater fish tank can be of any size. It also depends on how much you are willing to spend on this new-found hobby of yours. Most popular saltwater fish tanks are between 30 to 55 gallons in range.
4. Set-up the saltwater fish tank preferably near an electrical outlet. This should also be placed away from the windows as possible. Direct exposure to the rays of the sun can promote deep algae growth which can contaminate the entire saltwater fish tank.
5. Carefully install the protein skimmer and canister filter altogether. There are no specific instructions on how to go about this. All you need to do is follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Just to be on the safe side, have the pet store’s employees demonstrate how these two can be installed so that it will be easier for you to perform once you get home.
6. Place the substrate or sand inside the saltwater fish tank.
7. Fill the fish tank with non-chlorinated water and not tap water. Tap water contains chemicals that can be harmful to fishes. Add the sea salt mix while measuring it against the hydrometer. Ensure that the gravity level is between 1.020 and 1.023.
8. Prepare the pre-mixed saltwater in the fish tank then pour the contents into the aquarium. Afterwards, you can place the live rocks and other fish tank decorations that you have purchased inside the aquarium.
9. To ensure that the water runs freely and smoothly, turn on the protein skimmer and canister filter. Check whether or not, there aren’t any machine defects or the like.
10. Lastly, install the thermometer, heater and the power-head. Balance the temperature between 75 to 80 degrees and make sure that it is consistent all throughout. Once you turn on the power-head, the water can now gain movement. Don’t forget to place and aquarium light on top of the tank. This provides an accent to the aquarium’s peaceful sanctuary.
Remember let the aquarium run for at least 72 hours first before you can place any marine creatures inside.
If you are wondering how to make sure your fish get a long, the best answer to this question should depend upon these simple rules:
- Unrelated species of fishes usually get along more quickly with each other.
- Those fishes that don’t resemble each other in shape, size or in form will more likely get along just fine.
- Remember, any fish that can fit into another fish’s mouth usually ends up there.
These simple steps mentioned above are not at all complicated. All you need is patience to ascertain the success of your very own saltwater fish tank.