Once you’ve decided that a saltwater aquarium is the right choice for you, you then need to equip and set up your tank. One of the most important aspects of setting up a saltwater aquarium is choosing a filtration system. Having a good filtration system in place is the key to keeping your tank water clean and clear. If the water quality in your tank is low, your fish will become stressed and they will be more likely to get sick as a result. Bacteria, algae and impurities thrive in poor water conditions making your tank inhabitants susceptible to illness and death. Invertebrates, in particular, will be the first to show the effects of poor quality water.
A good filtration should help to keep ammonia and nitrate levels low enough that they do not have a negative impact on your water quality or on your tank inhabitants. Water movement, or circulation, is another important aspect of saltwater aquarium filtration - adequate water movement should be maintained and provide for good gas exchange. Good water movement and surface aeration also help ensure that the oxygen in the water is dissolved correctly. Warmer water temperatures sometimes prevent this from happening so, if you have a tropical saltwater tank you need to be extra careful about maintaining healthy water circulation or your fish could suffocate. Currents also help to feed and nourish your saltwater tank inhabitants while washing away waste products and sediment that promote damaging algae growth. Fighting against water current also...read more
When you imagine the ocean, what do you picture? You probably envision a sandy beach littered with shells and the loud crash of waves as they hit the shore. Water motion and waves play a significant role in an ocean environment so it makes sense that the same would be true of a saltwater tank, particularly a reef tank. Not only is water movement important for making your reef tank look authentic, it also plays a role in keeping your corals and other reef inhabitants healthy. If you are looking for a way to increase the water flow in your saltwater tank, you may want to consider investing in a wavemaker. Wavemakers come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate virtually any saltwater tank. Read more to learn the basics about these devices.
Importance of Water Movement
Water movement is important in the saltwater tank for a variety of reasons. The first reason is that many saltwater tank inhabitants including corals are used to rapid water movements. In fact, these animals require fast water movement in order to thrive. Water movement is also important in moving food, oxygen and nutrients around the tank so corals and other tank inhabitants may benefit from them. It also helps to remove waste products and sediment from corals that could affect their growth. In regard to aquarium fish, strong water movement requires the fish to keep moving which means they burn off more fat, thus keeping them healthy.
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The key to cultivating a healthy saltwater tank is to start with a good foundation – the water you use to fill your tank will have a significant impact on the water quality in your tank. If you use regular tap water to mix the saltwater for your aquarium, you may find that it does not meet the parameters your tank inhabitants require. Certain species of fish and saltwater invertebrates have specific requirements for pH and water hardness – if your tap water does not naturally fit the requirements for these species, you may have to go through a great deal of effort to change your tap water. Rather than going through this hassle every time you perform a water change or clean your tank, think about investing in reverse osmosis unit. Read more to learn what a reverse osmosis unit is and how it could benefit you and the inhabitants of your saltwater or reef tank.
What is Reverse Osmosis?
What is Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse osmosis (RO) is simply a type of water purification process that involves forcing water through a semi-permeable membrane to remove impurities. The reverse osmosis process typically removes 90 to 99% of tap water impurities, leaving the water free of minerals and a variety of other contaminants. The efficacy of the RO unit in removing impurities largely depends on the type of membrane the unit uses – cellulose tri-acetate (CTA) membranes are only 88 to 94% effective while Hi-S membranes have a removal rate between 97.5% and 99%...read more
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