Building a marine aquarium isn't for the casual fish fan. Marine aquariums are heavy-duty projects that are time consuming and need lots of attention. However, for those wishing to make one, the time is worth it in the end.
There are three different types of marine aquariums to build: fish only, fish with live rock and reef aquariums. This is a difficult task to maintain because there are different levels that must always be upheld and the marine aquarium must be on constant watch. The pH level, temperature and salt level have to be carefully assessed. The salt level is most important because with either too little or too much your life forms won't survive.
Most salt tanks require a 1.6 or 1.7 salt level. There are kits and books available to assist you in getting the right salt level in your tank. There are monitoring tools available as well. Salt water tanks are little more difficult to uphold than its freshwater counterparts.
When it comes to the pH level, you want to get fish, rocks or reefs that need the same pH to survive. This makes maintaining the marine aquarium easier since you only have to worry about the tank being at one pH level.
The filter system isn't going to be like any other you have seen on fish tanks. The filter systems for marine aquariums are expensive and you usually have to go through a specialty shop or catalog to get what you need. It's almost double the price of a freshwater aquarium.
Another thing to consider is the lights for the marine aquarium. Lights are normally cyclical to represent day and night in the aquariums. In fish only tanks this is not that big of a deal, but in tanks where there are algae or other types of organisms this is very important.
Marine aquariums are especially beautiful because of the types of things you can add to it. Besides having gorgeous fish, you can add coral and reefs. This gives the marine aquarium a realistic feel and provides more depth to the environment. You can have shrimp and crab as well, giving your marine aquarium a distinct look.
Because this type of system is complex and time consuming, only build a marine aquarium if you have the time and resources. It's a fantastic aquarium when finished, but it's only for those willing to put in the time and effort.
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