Saltwater Aquarium Setup - How to set up a Marine Reef Fish Tank

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Live rock is probably going to be the greatest expense with the initial setup of a saltwater aquarium. For a reef tank setup it may be the aquarium lighting. For this reason, you are probably going to treat your live rock like gold once you get it. However, even though it can cost a lot of money, it will probably end up saving you money (in fish) because it is the best form of biological filtration. The curing process can last anywhere from 1 week to 2 months or more depending on the shape the rock is in when you get it.
How To Set-Up & Maintain a Saltwater Fish Tank
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Are you thinking of getting a saltwater marine aquarium? Watch this video to learn helpful tips for how to setup and take care of your aquarium. From where to put your fish tank, to what temperature to keep your aquarium at, this video will teach you everything you need to know about caring for your pet fish. Do you have saltwater fish? Let us know in the comments below!

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In my opinion, even though this is the least expensive setup, a saltwater fish only setup is not necessarily the easiest to get started with. Getting started may take a little longer than the other setups while waiting for the to complete. Saltwater fish only tanks also require more frequent tank maintenance than FOWLR tanks. This means that you will need to stay on top of those water changes to remove the nitrates that are constantly accumulating. Having a is a necessity when keeping saltwater tanks. You will need to periodically monitor the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH levels. These readings will give you a good indication of the water quality inside your tank. It will also give you an idea of how often you should be performing those water changes.The water, obviously, is a very important component of your tank set-up. The salinity of your water is very important for keeping your tank friends happy and healthy. You can buy great, easy gadgets to calculate the salinity of your water so you can check yours occasionally to avoid evaporation or low salt content. Your salinity should be kept at about 1.021 to 1.026 S.G. (specific gravity). You should adjust your salt content accordingly if your tank's salinity falls outside of this range. You can buy aquarium salt and mix it in with your water to start out. However, you have to keep in mind that the water in your faucet contains things like calcium that can be harmful to your tank. Purchasing a large bag of aquarium salt is about $15 or $20 and lasts about three months with the initial set up and water changes. The safest and easiest way to get saltwater for your tank is to buy it by the gallon at your local fish store. Most stores have premixed water that is the correct salinity and is mixed with purified water. It costs about $2 per gallon at my local pet store.I get a lot of people who come into work and talk about how difficult a saltwater tank is to setup and maintain. This video is to show just how simple it is to setup a tank - sand, live rock, salt, and water. That's all there is to it, and of course filtration is up to you based on your thoughts on how to run a saltwater aquarium. These are just my thoughts, and they've gotten me this far -
Questions or comments below, and yes, I am stalling on the update video of the fish room. Trying to make sure that everything is placed before I make an update, and change it all soon after.
Material used for this setup:
-Pavestone Play Sand
-Instant Ocean Salt
-Hydrometer
-Dead Rock (ordered from -arrived looking absolutely amazing! Highly recommended for dead rock! )
-Filter of your choice (Mine is a Fluval 305 Canister Filter)
Looking for more How to's? Just send me a message, or leave a comment below, and I'll see what I can do!