The first nine of the twenty-nine basic elements that are required to set up a marine fish tank were discussed in the first part of this series. This article will cover everything else…
- Buckets, Towels, and Rubber Gloves – Maintaining a marine fish tank may be a wet and filthy job, so it is essential to have buckets and towels on hand for tasks like as changing the water, cleaning, and adding new fish. Rubber gloves are also recommended. You and the other residents of your tank will be safeguarded by the gloves.
- Substrate: Although this component is not strictly required, it is highly recommended that you line the bottom of your aquarium with either crushed coral or living sand.
- Live Rock, Ornamental Rocks or Coral Your fish will need some rocks or other decorative materials in the tank so that they have a place to hide and feel comfortable. This may be done by adding either decorative rocks or live rock.
- Heater: Given that you will most likely be maintaining tropical kinds of fish, you will need a heater to ensure that the water is of an appropriate temperature for them.
- A thermometer, since you will need to determine whether or not the heater is performing its function properly.
- Lights There are several different lighting choices available for you to choose from. What you want to put in the tank will determine which option is best for you to go with (ie. a fish only tank will not require the lighting intensity as a reef tank with live rock and coral).
- Powerhead: A high-quality powerhead will generate significant currents in the water of the aquarium. It is essential to do this because it aerates the water in the aquarium, removes any dead or stagnant spots, and assists in maintaining the health of your fish. When combining salt for water changes, you could also find that you need an additional powerhead to utilize.
- Protein Skimmers Skimmers remove organic waste from your aquarium before it can decompose and convert into nitrates, which are harmful to salt water aquarium fish. Nitrates are produced when organic waste breaks down.
- Fish – A marine fish tank would be nothing without its inhabitants, and vice versa. Be sure to make an informed decision, not to overcrowd your tank, and to avoid purchasing any species that won’t get along with the others.