Aquariums are one of the best stress relievers at home, or so it is said.There are different sizes of aquariums, depending on the maintenance and care possible at home and two different types to choose from, saltwater aquariums and fresh water aquariums.
Most people choose a fresh water aquarium because it is a lot easier to maintain than one with saltwater. A saltwater aquarium has different marine ecology and you will need proper knowledge in order to take good care of it.
A saltwater aquarium can have a wide range of different fishes, mammals, live corals, jelly fish, anemones and crustaceans.To enhance the beauty of the aquarium you could keep some extravagantly colored reef fishes like Clown fish, Angelfish or Blue lined trigger fish to name a few.Advanced aquarists keep octopuses and squids in their aquariums.
Before you purchase a salt water aquarium you need to research and study the ecosystem of different salt water fishes, the water temperature required for their survival, the environment and surroundings they need, their food habits and so on.The extra time you spend on researching and studying learning the exact requirement will definitely prove beneficial in the long run.It will be a gratifying experience starting a salt water aquarium.
To start a saltwater aquarium you will need a fish tank, a filtration system, a thermometer, substrates, an air pump, a water pump, a protein skimmer and a power head.You can choose any of the basic forms of salt water aquariums which are reef system, fish only or fish with live rock.
Here are some important DoÂ´s and DonÂ´t when it comes to this type of aquariums.
- Small aquariums have problems maintaining water quality and balance, so the aquarium should be at least 200 litres.
- The material of your saltwater aquarium should be acrylic or made of glass.
- The location of the aquarium must be right, meaning not too much sunlight or too little.Too much sunlight will result in the growth of algae and too little sunlight is harmful too.Be sure to maintain a constant temperature at all times.
- The decoration in the aquarium must be salt proof, otherwise it may poison your aquarium.
- Filter your aquarium regularly.
- Always use aquarium salt water that you purchase from a fish store and mix in water following the instructions, do not use ordinary salt water in your aquarium.
- Do not clean your aquarium with detergent and soap because they harm the ecosystem and pollute the water.Clean it with a capful of pure bleach added to 10 gallons of water, then clean with fresh water.
- You will need to use a hydrometer so you can maintain a balance between the salt and water levels in your aquarium.The salt level remains the same while the water evaporates.It is good to know the exact salinity of the water so you can add water when needed.