Setting up a Saltwater Aquarium

for beginners!

Are you thinking of setting up a saltwater aquarium but don’t know where to begin?  Well … look no further.  

What a satisfying and rewarding hobby you’ve decided to get into.  But I will warn you from the start that it can be periodically frustrating and is a time and money drainer!

In saying that though, there is no greater satisfaction than having an amazing marine aquarium that everyone who steps through your door marvels at.  

Once you’ve decided you’d like to start a saltwater aquarium, take a look at the recommended setup page.  This will help you decide what type of tank you’d like to have and the basic equipment required.

You can use the menu above to navigate your way around or start on the beginner posts below.  Either way, you’ll find loads of information on The Salty Side.  

I will be do my best to guide you through the process and hopefully answer any questions you may have.  If you haven’t already, please feel free to join me on my Facebook page where I’ll keep you updated with any news and new articles.

setting up a saltwater aquarium

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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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