Exceptionally noted, salt water aquariums are the latest craze! With all the brilliant colors of the reefs and fish that can go into these wonderful aquariums and the enjoyment you will get from owning your own salt water aquarium, you have to be prepared to care for it and to maintain it. To get the most out of your experience you should learn the necessary procedures before you attempt to have one of your own. With time and knowledge you will be able to care for your aquarium and keep it looking and operating at its finest.
While all the saltwater tank supplies are easy to use, you will need to be familiar with each one. There are numerous resources on the internet you can find to teach you and you should also consult a local expert as well.
There are lots of exhibits to explore at The Florida Aquarium. There is the Wetlands section where you can see animals like otters, birds, and alligators. In the Coral Reef sections you can find penguins that have a little show at the Penguin Promenade daily at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and the last show is at 3 p.m. The penguin show was a huge hit for me and my family, and it was our favorite part of all the exhibits to see. The Ocean Communion section is a great section to see such things like octopus and clown fish. The Bays and Beaches section is cool to see because it has over 20,000 animals and aquatic plants.
Acrylic is significantly lighter than glass. This is an important consideration for shipping costs (freight) and load bearing ability of your home or office to support the weight. And, of course, when it comes time to lift the tank into position, the lighter the better. And the thicker the panels, the heavier the tank.
Have you considered a marine reef aquarium? The new systems available allow you to bring the beauty and wonder of the coral reef into your home or office, without the huge expense and headaches of just a couple of years ago. reef safe wrasse aquariums have come a long way, and keeping marine fish is much easier than it used to be with these systems. Check out Aquapods and Nano reef safe wrasse.
Fish Only With Live Rock- FOWLR for short theses tanks setups use pieces off rock that are harvested from the wild reef. It gives the most realistic look and really is the best setup for beginners since fish do better in a natural environment.
To start, you will need to pick out the aquarium you would like to use. Three good starter sizes are the standard 10 gallon, 15 gallon, or 20 gallon aquariums. Next, you will need to decide on the lighting system you want to use. Power compact retrofit kits and canopies are highly recommended. These power compact lamps will provide your nano reef with plenty of light for many types of corals such as Xenia’s and button polyps. For the heater, we highly recommend using a 50w or 75w Ebo Jager brand heater, as users of these have consistently had success in such small aquariums. Lastly, you will need a small Powerhead pump for circulation and an adequate filter. I have found Aquarium System’s Mini-Jet pumps to be quiet and reliable, but all other similarly sized pumps will work just fine.
Check that your equipment works properly (filter, air pump, etc). When you feed, watch the fish behavior. Health issues can be caught early by seeing behavior changes.
Power Compact was definitely the most popular lighting solution from 2000 to 2005. It provided a substantial upgrade from the normal output lighting. It is still featured on many tanks today, but there are better and more cost effective options.
If you are open to considering a different tang species, better long term choices would include anything in the Zebrasoma genus or the Ctenochaetus genus (such as the very cool Spotted Yellow Eye Tang - Ctenochaetus truncates - pictured here). These tangs have much smaller overall sizes and do extremely well in captivity. Plus both groups perform better janitorial work at removing algae.