Setting Your First Small Saltwater Aquarium
The things are simple for experts, but what if you are new to aquariums? Then you will need a small and simple guide in order to avoid some of the most common mistakes. Setting a small saltwater aquarium is slightly more complicated, so we will need to help you with a simple guide. We won’t use professional terms and complicated explanations! This is a simple guide.
1.The first week- Prepare the Aquarium
This is the first step and the most important one. You should consider a small saltwater aquarium simply because it is more affordable and will help you learn the practice of aquarium keeping without having to spend a lot of money. Small aquariums are a little more difficult to maintain levels but once you get a good system down you can always move to a bigger tank!
The first step itself is to find a suitable location, set the tank, and fill it with water. Then add the sand or substrate. Make sure the gravity measures 1.025! Over the next 4 weeks, you will have to replace 50% of the water weekly. Make sure to remove all debris, organic materials and etc. from the tank as soon as they appear.
2.Fourth week- Adding first residents
Now is the time to add Deluxe Algae Attack Pack. Basically, here you will add small creatures such as crabs and snails. The lighting should be set in 12 hour intervals. After this, you will have to wait for 14 days.
3.The sixth week- Add corals
Here we have a simple step. Just add the corals (beginner pack) and replace 25% of water. Because each coral pack is different you will have to follow specific instructions.
4.Eight week- Aquacultured Corals
After two weeks since the last step, add Aquacultured Corals. They are slightly more complicated to introduce to a tank than simple ones, obviously. Acclimate them and replace 25% of water.
5.The tenth week- Fish time
Now is the right moment to add fish to your aquarium. This is a complicated task because you must make sure all fish can live in the community. Also, some of them must be kept alone, while others will be able to live in a group. As such, read the following points.
- Ocellaris Clownfish, Green Chromis and Kaudern’s Cardinalfish can live in a group. All of them are suitable for small tanks and for people who are not experts, yet.
- Fridmani Pseudochromis and Six-line Wrasse must be kept alone! They don’t like the company of their own specie.
The size of a tank will determine the number of fish you can keep in it. For this occasion, we chose a small tank sufficient for 6 fish. Don’t overcrowd it, or your residents won’t be very happy!
Here we also must add the fact that replacing 25% of water per week is a must, especially during the next 2 weeks. Visible debris and foreign elements must be removed as well.
Your Small Saltwater Aquarium is Ready
Maybe this is a time-consuming process, but it allows you to create something wonderful and original. All your fronds will be impressed with your new aquarium. After all of this, maintaining is next main thing.