Upgrading From a Freshwater Tank To A Saltwater Tank

It seems eventually every successful freshwater aquarist thinks about moving on to a marine tank. It’s easy to see why- the ocean’s bounty is vast with all manner of interesting and often incredibly colorful creatures. But few actually go on to actually set up their first saltwater aquarium. They’re held back by their concerns. These concerns would be perfectly valid were you to dive right in with little to no knowledge or strategy as happens far too often. But with the proper understanding and planning setting up your first saltwater aquarium can be much easier than you had hoped.   … Continue reading

Picking A Filter For Your Aquarium Setup

Every aquarium needs a filter- it seems to be pretty common knowledge. But beyond that the confusion starts. One glance at the options available at the local pet store or online retailer can leave the beginning aquarist lost in a sea of possibilities. And the manufacturers tend to not make it any easier. No matter what type or size of filter they’re selling it’s the right one for you as far as they’re concerned. This leaves it up to you to pick the best option for your aquarium setup yourself. To do so, you’re going to need a bit of … Continue reading

004: Getting Your Aquarium Into Place

Okay, so you’ve got your new aquarium home and have found a suitable place to set it up. But before you get too far along there are a few more things to be done. First, even with a new aquarium, it’s a good idea to give it a thorough rinse. Don’t use soap, though, as it can leave behind residue that will be harmful to future inhabitants. This applies to all equipment, tools, and any other items destined for the inside of the tank as well. Should something require more cleaning than what water alone can offer, vinegar may be … Continue reading

003: Finding An Appropriate Location to Set Up Your Aquarium

Every aquarium needs some space to call its own within your home. And while there are likely numerous places in your home where your new tank would technically fit, finding one that’s just right is crucial to your long term success- or to keep you from pulling your hair out at least! You probably have already picked out a spot you think will be suitable for your new tank. But before you go dragging your aquarium into place it’s a good idea to make sure the location you’ve chosen is right for it. Finding a different place now will be … Continue reading

002: Choosing An Appropriate Aquarium Type And Size

Even today the rule of thumb of one inch of fish per gallon continues to be passed around. Of course with a little thought you realize this logic is flawed. A dozen tiny one inch fish will have no where near the same impact on the water quality as one giant foot long fish. Instead, look at the surface area of the tank. The larger the surface area to total volume the better. This is particularly important for planted and reef tanks, as lots of area allows for lots of plants or corals. Not only will this mean better gas … Continue reading

001: The Responsibility That Comes With An Aquarium

When you think of an aquarium, all sorts of wonderful images come to mind. Maybe you picture the bright colors of a coral reef or the lush vegetation of a planted tank. But what you probably don’t picture is you, arm deep in that aquarium trying to restart a clogged filter. For every gallon of water in that breathtaking aquarium you see, there is a gallon of blood, sweat, and tears that went into making it what it is. There are many things to consider before deciding to set up an aquarium.   Of course before you can do anything … Continue reading