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Another problem that many freshwater hobbyists have when setting-up their first saltwater aquarium is putting too many fish in the tank. The ocean water around a reef has high dissolved oxygen content and the fish need to be in water with a relatively high amount of oxygen. However, the physical properties of seawater are such that at the same water temperature seawater cannot hold as much oxygen as freshwater. In fact, when saturated, seawater contains roughly only 80% of the oxygen of freshwater. What this means is that you cannot have as many fish in a seawater aquarium as a freshwater aquarium–there isn’t enough oxygen for them.
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The smallest recommended size is a 30 gallon aquarium, and for saltwater, bigger is always better. A large marine ecosystem can better handle the daily fluctuations in water quality than a small ecosystem. We have found that 55 gallons is a perfect beginner aquarium size. A 55 gallon tank will allow for several types of fish and it is large enough to maintain a stable environment. Keep in mind, that while it is possible to keep a very small saltwater tank, we recommend that only those aquarists with prior saltwater experience attempt it. Saltwater fish have a reputation of being hard to keep, but with the improvements in food and filtration a marine tank has become much easier to care for.
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Quarantine all new fish before introducing them to your display tank and look into keeping a cleaner shrimp or two to help keep your saltwater fish free of pests and disease.
One of the latest items you can use for your saltwater aquarium to reduce nitrates and phosphates to help prevent nuisance algae from growing in your fish tank.Welcome to our Saltwater Aquarium Fish Guide! On this page you will find articles that will get you started on the right path when setting up that first saltwater aquarium setup. There is a lot to learn if you have never kept a fish tank before, but don't get discouraged. The learning process can be quite fun and probably the best advice that we can pass along is to always do your research before you buy anything for your aquarium. Good luck and if you have any questions don't hesitate to hop on the Fish Lore forum and ask a question. There are lots of hobbyists on the forum that are willing to help.
Information on live rock and some of the benefits of using it in your saltwater tank. What in the World is Live Rock?Live Rock is rubble that has broken off a coral reef structure by natural means such as hurricanes and tropical storms. This rubble is called live rock because of all the living organisms that are found on and within the rock. Many types of algae, crabs, marine worms, small crustaceans, bacteria and other life forms make their homes on the reef structures found in the ocean. When you buy live rock you'll most likely be getting some of these organisms. We discuss the importance of using live rock and the benefits for your saltwater fish.
Information on fish tank test kits. If you want to be successful in the tropical fish hobby (freshwater or saltwater) then you'll need to know how to test your tank water. There are many chemical tests that you can run on your tank including: Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Salinity/Specific Gravity, pH, Carbonate Water Hardness, Alkalinity,Chlorine and Chloramine, Copper, Phosphate, Dissolved Oxygen, Iron, Carbon Dioxide and others.
This article will give you a general introduction into the three main types of saltwater tanks. When getting started with saltwater it is recommended to get the biggest tank you can accommodate. Bigger tanks give you more room for error when it comes to water quality and this is especially important for salt water fish and invertebrates. There are basically three types of saltwater aquarium setups: Fish Only, Fish Only with Live Rock - FOWLR, Reef Tanks.