Saltwater Aquarium Set Up – Step 3

Saltwater Aquarium Set Up – Step 3 2014-04-21T16:40:47+00:00

Aquarium Set Up: Aquascape

Aquascaping your aquarium means decorating your aquarium. Possibilities are endless. There is no correct or perfect set up of decorating your aquarium. It is up to you on how you will make your saltwater aquarium attractive.

Have fun and be creative. Here are some more information about aquascaping a saltwater aquarium.

Adding live rock as part of your aquascape is a plus. Live rock is important to your saltwater aquarium and inhabitants. One importance of live rock is that fish will adjust better to their new environment because it is similar to their natural habitat.

Live rock also becomes a biological filter of your saltwater aquarium. It provides the beneficial organisms for proper water management and so that you can enjoy your saltwater fish and other inhabitants for a long period of time. Another advantage of live rock is that it acts as a home for corals and other invertebrates and can be used by shy or frightened fish as their hiding place.

You can get a live rock that are already cured and ready to be placed in your saltwater aquarium. If you have an uncured live rock, then it must be properly cured to create a healthy environment.

Fiji Cultured Live Rock (photo by LiveAquaria.com)

Fiji Cultured Live Rock (photo by LiveAquaria.com)

Ammonia, which is a toxic compound and pollutant are released into your saltwater if you don?t properly cure your live rock. This will compromise the health of your aquarium system. Most live rock will be fully cured in 1 – 3 weeks. By then, it will be safe to add to your saltwater aquarium.

Curing your live rock may be done in any type of plastic container that is suitable in size to fit the amount of live rock you have or inside the newly set up aquarium. Getting as large of a water container as you can is recommended, but curing inside the new aquarium is best overall.

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