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Setting Up a Marine Aquarium
Marine aquariums make up a large cross section of aquarium owners. Marine Aquarium owners generally have fish only marine aquariums. In this article we will be talking about marine aquariums, more specifically the kind with little to no reef life in them. Fish only marine aquariums require a special setup. In this article I will be going through the various items you will need to consider when setting up your marine aquarium.
Well before you start up your marine aquarium, you are going to need to decide on the aquarium itself. I recommend going with an acrylic aquarium, they are much stronger and much easier to install the various accessories. Acrylic is a bit more expensive than glass, but it is definitely worth the extra bit for your peace of mind. After you settle on the aquarium for your marine aquarium, you can start to look at your lighting options. Just factor in what species you are going to hold in the aquarium and then adjust accordingly for the proper lighting.
After settling on the lighting and tank you are going to be using for your marine aquarium, you can start to browse around for the proper filter. You can start to look for the proper filter system for your marine aquarium based on two factors; what type they are, and how they work. Filters are built to remove harmful particles from your aquarium, while leaving the helpful ones in at safe levels. To have a successful marine aquarium, you absolutely need biological filtration. Biological filtration will remove wastes and uneaten foods from your marine aquarium. Biological filters circulate the water in your aquarium and clean it with each pass. The only way to bypass the need for an aquarium filter is to constantly have new sea water added everyday, and as well all know this is not feasible to do.
After settling on a filtration system for your aquarium, you can start focus on the other equipment you will need for the aquarium. The next step is to look for the proper thermal control for your marine aquarium. Every marine aquarium should have a heating unit, unless you are going for a cold water system that requires chilling year round. A good formula to go by is to figure for 2 or 3 watts per gallon of water in your aquarium. You should only use a sealed submersible heater for your marine aquarium. These systems are much more reliable and better suited for the job. To regulate the proper temperature, you need to pick up a good quality thermometer to regulate the temperature. I recommend a good digital thermometer.
Well those are few items to consider when you purchase your marine aquarium. Owning a marine aquarium is a big responsibility, but if you do it right you will reap the benefits of your hard work. There are more comprehensive guides on the web, this one is meant more to give you a general idea of what you will need to look for and get when you decide on a marine aquarium.