Setting Up A Balanced Saltwater Marine Aquarium

Setting up a Balanced Saltwater Marine Aquarium: A balanced marine aquarium reproduces the natural environment as closely as possible. Before the introduction of the balanced aquarium, marine fishes were usually kept in systems separate from marine invertebrates. The balanced marine aquarium, however, permits the successful mixing of fish and invertebrates within the closed system and has become increasingly popular in the past few years. It is more appealing and the behavior of the fishes and invertebrates within the system is more natural.

A marine aquarium that is set up and maintained for periods of six months or longer without medication chemical additions, or other treatments is the mark of a successful marine aquarist. All you add are food and water. The bottom medium may contain crushed coralt beach shell or calcified algae (not silica sand or colored gravel). The habitat of the aquarium is made up of rock with living organisms on it cured coral, plants, and anemones (not plastic figures or ceramics). You should not suffer severe losses from disease and fishes should only need to be removed when they have become too large for the system. Everything within the system is compatible in its mini-habitat within your home. Does this sound impossible? Well it isn’t.

In setting up a balanced marine aquarium, an important factor is PATIENCE. A well-balanced saltwater aquarium cannot be established in one day, but with patience, you will be rewarded by an aquarium that is both beautiful and trouble-free. No single set of rules will guarantee the successful setup and operation of a saltwater aquariumt for there is more 1 than one way to achieve a well-balanced marine aquarium.

Success depends on you and the amount of time you are willing to give to your aquarium. If you do not want to be totally involved, then set up a large tank with hardy fish that can survive without a great deal of care. However, if you are willing to accept the challenge of some of the more delicate and rarer tropicals, then you must be willing to give more of yourself.

Preparing for a  Saltwater Aquarium: Parental supervision should be considered with younger hobbyists when preparing for a  saltwater aquarium because the combination of salt water and electricity can lead to some shocking experiences! One of the first steps in setting up any new marine aquarium is to collect reliable seawater. If you live near the [...]

Saltwater Aquarium Equipment:  A Saltwater or Marine aquarium should be all glass or plastic, no smaller than 20 gallons for the beginner. Remember, larger aquariums are generally easier to take care of, but harder to set up initially. You must have a sturdy stand or base that will support the aquarium, water, and habitat weight. [...]

Preparing Your Saltwater Aquarium for Fish:  Before adding water, you must be certain your tank is well supported, i.e., placed on a sturdy, strong base. (Remember for a 30-gallon aquarium, your base must support a minimum weight of 250 pounds.) Check the corners to see if the tank is level on all sides. The 1/2-inch [...]

Selecting Your Saltwater Fish:   As an illustration, let’s assume that you are setting up a 30-gallon tank and from that point of view we’ll consider several possibilities, always keeping in mind the habitat requirements and behavior patterns of the fish. Marine fish occupy all levels of the habitat from open water, coral reef, grass flats, [...]

Maintenance Feeding and Medications Maintenance Feeding and Medications: No one knows precisely the best temperatures for exotic tropical marine fish. Safe ranges are found hit or miss, but there are certain guidelines that work and certain rules that keep problems to a minimum. Both Atlantic and Pacific tropicals will do well in temperatures as low [...]