Saltwater Tank Maintenance 101 - Koral King

 

Koral King Saltwater Tank

Aquariums are a great way to bring more nature into your home. The first step in setting up a new is selecting the right location, size, and shape of the aquarium. The best locations will have plenty of light and space to provide proper movement of water to simulate the natural currents that marine life needs to thrive.

When choosing an aquarium size, remember that some species grow more significantly than others and may require more substrate or a larger tank than you initially thought. If it is too small, the inhabitants may be stressed and become ill from lack of space. Choose an aquarium that fits your lifestyle, as it will be easier to maintain when it is not overpopulated. 

Next, it is time to add the sea salt. When setting up a new aquarium and deciding on which salt to use, we recommend you start with the Red Sea - Aquarium Aalt Mix. Red Sea is a great brand that has been tried and tested by hobbyists. Some clams and corals are picky about the purity of their water, so finding a reliable brand of salt will save you trips back to the store.

 

Koral King and his tank

Qualities of a Good Saltwater Tank Saltwater-Tank

Most hobbyists agree that they require live rock in the aquarium. Live rock is the central component of a saltwater tank and serves as the base for most marine life. The rocks protect against predators, provides food for the inhabitants, and help settle any floating particles in your aquarium. You can purchase several different types of live rock from online retailers, including our online store Koral King.

The sea salt used in a saltwater aquarium is best purchased in flakes or pellets to simulate the natural process that would occur naturally if there were a live rock in your aquarium.

Ways to Take Care and Maintain a Saltwater Tank

  1. Water changes: the more often you change the water, the less likely your fish will be to become sick. Reduce the amount of waste you produce in your surroundings.
  2. Regular substrate: sand contributes to biological filtration, while a large amount of leftover food can contribute to ammonia-nitrogen and the rapid growth of bacteria. Marine life needs a certain amount of food to survive, but excess can harm occupants and cause unsightly stains on walls and glass.
  3. Temperature: too much heat will kill marine life and cause stress for the inhabitants, among other things. Test your aquarium before adding tank inhabitants for this reason.
  4. Test your water frequently: a closed ecosystem; if everything is not at proper levels, the inhabitants will suffer and become ill.
  5. Avoid overcrowding: this can increase stress levels for all inhabitants, especially when adjusting to a new environment. Once you have tested the water, done some research, and added your aquarium inhabitants, it is essential to remember that your favorite species may not get along with their neighbors. Please carefully consider this before adding new species and do what you can to help them adjust to each other before adding them together.
  6. Give more than just food: Fish need companionship as much as food and clean water. Pets like to be with other pets, so buying fish together is encouraged if you have more than one pet in your household.
  7. Filtration: Keep the water clean and well-circulated by using a filtration system such as an aquarium air pump or powerhead to keep the water moving and provide increased circulation for you and your fish.
  8. Aeration: Marine life needs oxygen to survive and breathe. Because the aquarium water is mixed with from the ocean, breathing can be a bit more difficult for fish, but just one airstone will provide enough oxygen for most species. Using an airstone will also help increase air circulation by forcing air through the water column.
  9. Maintenance: The aquarium requires regular care and attention to detail. Check your water quality, clean regularly, and test for ammonia and nitrite levels. If these numbers are not within their proper limits, correct them with a quality aquarium salt and a high-quality water conditioner.
  10. Visability: You will regularly have to clean the inner walls of your tank. This is for visability purposes, but algae is actually really good the exosystem. They prevent harmful nitrogen gases and increase oxygen in tank.

 

Koral King coral selection

Conclusion

Finding the right size and shape to fit your lifestyle is essential, but remember that you may have to break down the aquarium into smaller pieces if it is too big for your current living situation.

Don't worry if you feel overwhelmed; take your time and research which aquariums best suit your needs. When setting up a new saltwater aquarium, think about what you want and need from the fish and corals.

Aquariums are not just for housing fish; they can also be used for marine species such as corals or anemones. However, fish are essential for these organisms because they provide nutrition and companionship. If you are going to include marine life in your aquarium, you need to ensure that the water is well-maintained and treated correctly. Filtration, temperature, and aieration will help keep your marine life healthy and provide a safe environment for thos corals and fish. Corals work great on live rock and provide good oxygenation for the tank. The filtration system is debatable the most important of the tank which removes waste products from your aquarium so it does not become too dirty or filled with waste products.