Nano Saltwater Tank Setup, Part 2Online Aquarium Fish Magazine | Nano Saltwater Tank Setup, Part 2
Things to do before Research:
Some things to consider in your Research:
Equipment needed for your specific tank may also be researched such as power heads, filters, lighting, test kits, and heaters to name a few. You may also want to research the basics of a saltwater environment, since it is different from saltwater. I will discuss this later. These are just a few things to keep in mind while researching among others that are essential in setting up a freshwater tank also. It may seem overwhelming at first but it is actually fun to do. Having the patience to research and understand what to do for a saltwater tank is key in keeping a healthy tank, since later you will need to have patience to keep the tank.
Here is a list of some basic equipment for a 10 gallon nano tank.
- Fish Tank
- 2x25w heaters minimum (if one breaks the other can keep the tank warm, no sense in losing all the time and money put into the tank from a heater failure)
- power heads (recommend at least 2, preferably 3)
- Powerfilter (recommend one that pumps 100gph)
- Test Kit (ammonia, nitrite, nitrates, High range pH)
- Fish Food
- Rubber kitchen gloves
- Substrate (if desired)
- Gravel Vacuum
- Fish Net
- Standard aquarium lighting fixture but replace bulb with marine bulb
- Light timer
- Quarantine tank is recommended to isolate new fish and sick fish
- Also needed are a five gallon bucket, heater, small power head, and salt mix to prepare saltwater before putting it in your tank.
Fish only with Live Rock
The same equipment will be needed for a fowlr tank but live rock will also be needed.
A Reef Tank setup will require the same equipment as the previous tanks but with stronger lighting, depending on coral selection and possible stronger or weaker flow put out by the power heads also depending on the corals. More aquarium test kits such as calcium, iron, alkalinity may also be needed based on corals along with buffers. Cost will obviously be the most with a reef tank and obviously more than a freshwater tank but some find it very rewarding.
In the next issue I will discuss the basics of saltwater and maintaining a nano tank.
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