saltwater aquarium online guide

saltwater aquarium

Hello! Welcome the Saltwater Aquarium Online Guide… a simple and easy to understand content based website on how to start up, set up, and maintain your own saltwater aquarium at home. Thank you for stopping by. We are so glad that you are here!

I can stare at my saltwater aquarium and watch my fish for hours. And you should know that the more you watch your aquarium, the better off it will be.

Why? By watching it daily, you’ll know when all is well and when something is wrong.
You can diagnose the problems as they occur and not when it’s too late. Also, it won’t be too long before you actually name your fish. I know this sounds funny but it’s true.
Fish and invertebrates are very entertaining creatures.

Simply sitting and watching them can be very relaxing – well for me personally.
Studies also show that spending time in front of an aquarium reduces stress.

How many times have you been to a friend or relative’s house that has an aquarium, and couldn’t help but check it out? You are not the only one who will enjoy it!
Your friends and relatives will too!

Not all of us have had the opportunity to visit and explore the coral reefs of the Caribbean. Most of us only see this beauty on the television. But nowadays, we can see the creatures live in our home at a fraction of the cost of traveling to the tropics.

There are a lot of reasons to keep a healthy aquarium in your home. Maybe your child wanted one (like mine!), or you just can’t decide.

So are you thinking of keeping one but don’t know how to start?

You often hear that keeping an aquarium is difficult. Not really true! As long as you understand the basic concept, it will be easy for you to begin building it.

Yes, it is overwhelming at first. What kind of aquarium to get? Is glass or acrylic better? What kinds of saltwater fish, invertebrates, and corals are compatible to house
in the tank? What about the saltwater itself? Adjusting the water pH? What kinds of lighting are recommended?

Too many questions. The answer lies in keeping it SIMPLE.

You don’t need special skills to do this. It is quite challenging but extremely rewarding.
It will take some extra effort on your end to learn about the necessary topics. Simply do your research up front and it will increase your chances of being successful in this amazing

This website is intended to help you answer the many questions that most beginner aquarist out there have. It will provide you with basic guidelines, information and ideas for you to be on your way to selecting, setting up and maintaining your saltwater aquarium.

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Outlet Store
Saltwater Aquarium Online Guide’s aquarium outlet store. Look for great prices on Fish and Aquarium Products & Supplies here.

Saltwater Aquarium Online Guide’s Supplies Comparison
Compare aquarium supplies, stores and prices to find the lowest prices.

Aquarium Articles
Looking for salwater aquarium articles? Visit us to see collections of articles related to saltwater aquariums.

Aquarium Basics
Beginner guide section. Learn about the necessary equipments you need to get your aquarium up and running.

Aquarium Set Up
Step-by-step guide on setting up your new tank.

Learn and understand the saltwater aquarium filtration system and its process.

Choose the right saltwater aquarium lighting system.

Your online guide to ideal saltwater aquarium temperature.

Aquarium Maintenance
Care and maintenance information for your aquarium.

Water Parameters
Saltwater aquarium water parameters and its explanation.

Buying Fish Guide
Your guide to buying saltwater fish.

Information about live corals.

Acclimation Guide
Proper acclimation procedure for a less stressful transfer of your saltwater fish and corals.

Saltwater Fish Nutrition
Nutrition is the key to healthy saltwater fish. Learn more about it here.

Saltwater Fish Diseases
Information on saltwater fish diseases and treatments.

Learn what stress is and how it affect saltwater fish and information on conditions that are stressful to them.

Saltwater Aquarium Algae
How to control and prevent algae bloom.

Salwater Aquarium Emergencies
Tips on how to take care common emergencies in your aquarium.

Public Aquariums
Know where to see excellent public saltwater aquariums in the US.

Aquarium News
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Best Aquarium Books
I’ve learned a lot about aquarium keeping by reading books. After many book readings, here are a couple of the best saltwater aquarium books I’ve read so far.

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Best Aquarium Books
I’ve learned a lot about aquarium keeping by reading books. After many book readings, here are a couple of the best saltwater aquarium books I’ve read so far.

Corals Acclimation Procedure

Mushroom Corals

Mushroom Corals

Another challenge that you will face when keeping a saltwater aquarium is corals acclimation.

Here are the corals acclimation procedures that you can follow that will hopefully help you in acclimating your precious corals.

It will cause less stress to your fish and you will have healthy inhabitants.

Let’s start with how to hold them. How do you do this correctly? They seem so delicate. Well, there are different types that require different techniques on how to hold them.

Beginner corals such as soft corals, polyps, and mushroom are usually attached to a small rock when you purchase them.

Coral Acclimation Procedure

Coral Acclimation Procedure

Handle them only by the rock and try to avoid touching the polyps.

Hard corals have large and fleshy polyps and have hard exoskeleton on their base.

Handle them by the base. Others are mostly attached to a plug or rock and should be handled by the base as well.

Using a pair of gloves will decrease the possibility of irritating and stressing them when handling. Always handle all them gently so you can avoid the chances of damage.

Lighting acclimation is of great importance for them.

Since there are many different species available, there are also many differences in where they grow and the lighting conditions that they survive in.Some are more sensitive than others in terms of lighting conditions.

Others get sunburned by your lighting if it’s too intense, and others need intense lighting in order to grow and survive.

It takes time for them to acclimate to its new environment. So try again to be patient.

Follow these easy steps for proper corals acclimation into your saltwater aquarium.

Coral Acclimation Guide

Coral Acclimation Guide

  1. Turn of the lights in your saltwater aquarium so it can slowly acclimate to your system lighting condition.

    Some of them slime during shipping. This is normal.

  2. Have the unopened bag float into the display or the quarantine tank for a good fifteen minutes.

    This way the temperature in your tank will match the temperature of the water in the bag where the specimen is and vice versa.

  3. Open the bag.
  4. Add about a cup of water from the aquarium to the bag where your corals are.
  5. Repeat the process every 5-10 minutes for about 1/2 an hour.
  6. Place them on the lower part of the aquarium leaving your lights off.
  7. Leave your them alone and the lights off for about 3 hours. Try not to get too anxious turning on the light and admiring your new addition to your saltwater aquarium.
  8. You will know that they already adjusted to the new environment when they appear fully expanded and shows full coloration.
  9. Now, you can move them to your desired location. Aquascape with these amazing creatures.
  10. Continue to monitor them when you move it to its new location. If they seem not to fully expand and there’s a decrease in coloration, try to move them again to a lower position in your aquarium.

Research the their lighting, water flow, nutrition requirements of the specific coral you have.

Also find out about their aggression toward other inhabitant in your saltwater aquarium.

There is a chance that your coral may get knocked over by snails, hermit crabs and other cleaners in your tank, try using an epoxy that is safe to be used underwater.

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Wavemakers in Aquarium

pink anemone

pink anemone

Wavemakers in aquarium are one of the best ways to simulate the natural motion of the reefs.

They are generally a multiple outlet power strip that alternates power on a fluctuating basis to a set of power heads or water pumps located at various positions throughout the aquarium.

There are also wavemakers that manipulate a single return line from your main pump into multiple, random flowing outlets.

In my opinion, both can be employed with great success.

The use of powerheads in aquariums has long been the industry standard for creating good water movement.

They can be placed anywhere in an aquarium, helping to keep solid waste in suspension, and keeping stagnant spots from forming.

The mere act of plugging them into a wavemaker instead of a normal power outlet can create a perfect random environment for your fish and corals.

Look at these three different wavemakers below and price differences.
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The newer ideal of keeping power outside of the aquarium can also be employed.

There are now powerheads with only the moving part inside the aquarium, and the electrical outside.


These inhibit placement slightly, but provide the luxury of keeping the electricity outside of the aquarium!

Another device used to alternate current is the in-line wavemaker like the item pictured in the right.

Some models don’t even require electricity! They are simply installed in-line between the pump and the multiple aquarium outlets and provide a random, alternating flow.

They give you the control to create a permanent fixture behind the rockwork, easily giving you the most flexibility of the group.

The newest wavemaking devices can actual create a wave!

They may be a bit pricey, but offer the home aquarist quite the advantage over the other traditional wave makers.

They actually move water through their structure creating tide cycles!

Although they tend to be bulky, they can easily be hidden from view and truly simulate the sensation of a reef.

Wavemakers in aquarium trully are one of the best ways to simulate our inhabitants’ natural environment. Once the benefits are enjoyed, there is no going back!

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