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Fish tanks have been around for at least 4,500 years, providing owners with a tiny ecosystem that can be built and maintained with an infinite amount of possibility. From simple setups to more complex creations, fishkeeping is a hobby that can be taken in a number of directions.
For starters, you'll need to decide on whether you'll be raising saltwater fish or freshwater fish. Both offer an amazing array of plants and colourful creatures to choose from, but saltwater aquarium fish are especially interesting and beautiful to watch. Given that an estimated 80% of our oceans have yet to be explored, saltwater fishes are all the more intriguing.
These tanks are more difficult to set up and maintain, however, so it's important that you do your research before attempting to keep one in your home.
If you're wondering where to start with your saltwater fish tank, you're in the right place. Keep reading to learn how to set up your tank and care for saltwater fish.
As mentioned before, with your saltwater fish tank comes a world of possibility, but that does not mean you should choose at random. You'll need to thoroughly set out the plants and fishes you plan to keep before moving forward with the project.
Here are the steps to setting up your saltwater fish tank:
Depending on the aquarium you've purchased, you may need to purchase a separate sump and top-off system. For beginners, you might want to look for an all-in-one setup to ensure you have the right equipment.
Once you've installed the backing, top-off system, sump, and lighting, it's time to move on to the other necessary equipment in your saltwater fish tank.
Here's what to do next:
Please keep in mind that these are basic instructions. To be sure you're doing everything correctly, follow the instructions that were provided with your equipment.
After installing all the basic elements of your saltwater fish tank, it's a good idea to do a "wet test" by filling the aquarium with fresh water. This will ensure that there aren't any leaks and that all your tank equipment is working as it should. Do not install any sand, plants, or animals at this time.
Here's how to run a "wet test" of your aquarium:
Once you've determined that everything in the tank is working properly, then it's time to move on to the water and substrate installation.
Your tank should already be filled with water from your previous "wet test." Be sure to research the best sea salt and substrate to use according to the plants and animals you plan to raise.
Here's what to do next:
Once you've completed these steps, wait about a day for the water to naturally clear before adding animals.
After your tank's water has cleared, it's time to add your animals! It's best to introduce them slowly. Start with a few beginner-friendly fish and gradually build from there.
It's extremely important to note that not all saltwater fishes are compatible tank companions. Be sure to research this beforehand to avoid any issues with your animals.
If you're interested in raising saltwater fish, it's a good idea to start with a freshwater tank over a saltwater aquarium. This is simply because there is less maintenance involved and the freshwater fish are generally hardier than saltwater varieties. Once you've gotten used to the care and responsibility involved, it will be much easier to move to a saltwater tank.
However, if you're able to commit to the thorough research and fine maintenance of a saltwater aquarium, don't be afraid to dive right in. Just be sure you're prepared to do the extra work before you make any decisions.
It's definitely a commitment, but raising saltwater fishes in your own live aquarium is a rewarding hobby. Again, be sure that you do all the necessary research before attempting this type of setup. Now that you know how to achieve a basic saltwater fish aquarium setup, you'll be ready to get your own system started!
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