For as long as most people can remember, aquariums at home have consisted of run-of-the-mill fish you put into a tank filled with treated tap water. Sure, sometimes you can splurge on a more exotic fish, or one engineered to glow with a neon strip under black lights, but for the most part the fish were pretty much the same. There is an option now, though, that was at one time so expensive it was not an option for most homes. If you’re looking for some fish to brighten up your home, look at saltwater aquariums.
Saltwater aquariums allow you to purchase and keep brightly colored, exotic fish, as well as other creatures that might normally dwell in the deep blue sea. Also called “marine tanks,” these aquariums can be set up in much the same way as a traditional freshwater tank. If you’re a beginner with marine tanks, be sure to select a larger container because it is easier to keep. Make sure you have enough lighting to view the fish if your tank will contain only fish. If it will contain coral or other types of life, consult a pet expert to find out what type lighting works best.
From there, you should consider skimmers and filters. You must have a skimmer in order to keep sludge and toxins from the surface of your tank. There are also wet/dry filters and other types designed to help you keep the type and size tank you have chosen. Water is another concern. You must use fresh, unpolluted water that contains no chemicals whenever you start as well as when you partially change the water in your tank. This water will be prepared with high-quality sea salt, and the same salt will be added when you perform any water changes.
Your remaining needs will depend on what type of fish you find for your tank. You may need a heater to keep the water at a tropical temperature, or you may need an aquarium water chiller to keep it from getting too hot. Research is a must when starting a saltwater habitat for fish and other sea creatures. However, the time and energy needed to set up a saltwater tank are worth it once your habitat is thriving and providing enjoyment in your home.