Setting up a Nano Saltwater Tank - Part 1Online Aquarium Fish Magazine | Setting up a Nano Saltwater Tank - Part 1 Introduction:
In this first part, I will go over a rough estimate of the cost and time that will be required to maintain a saltwater tank.
Note: Prices based on Drs. Foster and Smith website
FO setup (Fish Only):
- Tank - $10
- Hood - $30
- Saltwater bulb - $20
- Filter - $30
- Substrate - (optional) heavy, so best to buy locally and prices vary
- Heater - $30
- power heads - $35
- Test Kit - $18
- Hydrometer - $8
- Rough Cost of Equipmetn: $180
Same as above except add the cost of 10 - 15 lbs. of live rock from a local lfs. Depending on quality of rock it can vary from $5 - $15 per pound.
Setup is different and cost is more, will discuss in greater detail later.
A Small Hidden Cost:
A hidden cost for some people who do not have the equipment already in saltwater is a five gallon bucket, small power head, and small heater in which to prepare saltwater in for a water change.
A saltwater tank takes just a little extra time than a freshwater tank. Like in freshwater, once a week you need to perform a water change and test water quality. However, in saltwater once you have performed the water change you need to test the salinity of the water also. You also will need to mid-week add a little freshwater (top-off) to replace the evaporated water and keep the salinity at a steady level. You also need to check salinity mid-week. You may spend up to a half hour doing a water change and five minutes mid-week for a top-off. Everyday (like in freshwater) you should check how your fish are doing and check for any problems.
In the next issue I will cover in more detail the basic equipment needed in the types of setups and the research required before embarking on your journey into saltwater.
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