The Salty Side: Saltwater Aquariums for Beginners

Saltwater Aquarium for Beginners

Learn how to setup a saltwater aquarium step by step.

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Types of Saltwater Aquariums

Start by deciding which type of a saltwater aquarium is best for you.

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Recommended supplies for every Saltwater Aquarium

Check what equipment you will need to setup your aquarium.

Where to start as a beginner to saltwater aquariums

When looking at setting up a saltwater aquarium, I would highly recommend researching as much as possible before actually purchasing a tank.  After all, knowledge is power!  It will  help at any stage whether you’re researching what first coral to buy or what reef safe fish would be good to start off with.  

As I too was once a beginner, I found it difficult finding all the right information in one place.  My aim is to make it easier for anyone looking to set up a marine aquarium. 

I have tried to include as much information as possible such as whether or not it’s hard looking after a saltwater tank.  Perhaps you have owned a tropical fish tank in the past?  I explain the differences in how a saltwater tank differs from a freshwater tank.  In order to run a successful marine aquarium you will also need to know about tank cycling, aka, the nitrogen cycle.  Do you know what a CUC is?  I’ll share all!  

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Resources

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Budget Friendly Aquarium

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Whether you just want to keep fish and/or coral, nano saltwater aquariums can be a great starting point, particularly if you’ve never run a saltwater tank before.  Nano generally refers to aquariums that are 40 gallons and under.  You will gain a huge amount of knowledge and experience when starting off with a nano aquarium. By the time you upgrade, and you almost certainly will, you will know the basics of how to keep parameters as stable as possible and support sea life.  Keeping a larger saltwater aquarium can be daunting but a nano tank will give you a great foundation if you decide to keep a larger tank in the future.

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