CHOOSING THE CORRECT TEMPERATURE FOR A MARINE AQUARIUM
Marine aquariums can be lumped into several categories based on their inhabitants (fish only, fish only with live rock, or reef tanks) and also by water temperature (warm water vs. cold water). Before investing in a saltwater aquarium, it is a good idea to decide which type of tank you want and to learn the requirements you will be responsible for meeting and maintaining. In this article you will learn the basics about the different types of marine tanks and you will receive tips for maintaining those tanks at the proper temperature.
Aquarium heaters and chillers are the most effective ways to maintain a stable temperature in a saltwater aquarium. In warm climates, a heater may not be necessary to keep a warm water aquarium heated but it is a good way to regulate fluctuations in temperature. Water chillers are generally only needed for cold water marine tanks and for aquariums being kept in very warm climates. To maintain water temperature, set your heater or chiller to automatically keep the water within the ideal temperature range and use an in-tank thermometer to double check.
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