Setting up your new tank
This seem to be one of the most fun/ interesting and also tiring stage which many reefer like and dislike. If you are going to want your new or used tank, wash out your tank only with fresh water only! Do not use soap or detergents, as soap residue left behind will be harmful for your saltwater fish and corals.
You are recommanded to test your aquarium for any leakage by filling it with fresh water to check for leaks. If it passes the leak test, drain the fresh water from the aquarium.You can start to affix your tank background at this time. For marine tanks, a black background can help the fish colors stand out more. Deep blue is another popular color choice and it can help create the illusion of depth.
Fixing up the reefing equipment
Next you can start fixing up your equipment in your sump tank to test it’s functionality and any leakage from the equipments with fresh water before filling the tank later with saltwater.
1) Set up your new Tank: Try to buy the biggest tank you can afford with your budget. The bigger it is , the lesser chance for an error .
2) Lighting : Choose a suitable lighting for your marine tank is important as it affect the health of your corals. Basically there are ; ower compact fluorescent, high output fluorescent, metal halide and LEDS.
Suggest using 120 watt led aquarium lights for growing your coral reef.
3) Tank filtration setup :
Mechanical filtration– Having a good protein skimmer is the most important piece of mechanical filtration you can have for a reef tank. Using basic sponge / filer wood will also help to remove particles out of your water.
Chemical filtration – chemical filteration invlove using various media to remove harmful chemicals i.e; Amonia, P04 ect..
Biological filtration – This is the most important aspect of a successful setting up of a marine aquarium tank. This usually involves using a Biological filter media for bacertica colonical to live on and break down harmful waste in the tank water.
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