The beauty of a marine aquariumThere are two main types of marine aquarium, one being an environment just to keep fish, with no invertebrates. This is generally known as a “fish-only” aquarium. The other is a “reef tank”, which houses both compatible fish and invertebrates, to form a miniature representation of a coral reef.
Marine fish have been kept in captivity for many years now, but it is the home marine aquarium that has really become so hugely popular worldwide today. No longer the preserve of the larger public aquariums and institutions, the spectacular beauty of a marine aquarium can be within the domain of most interested would-be fishkeepers.
Gone are the days where it was necessary to adapt and modify what was on offer for the established freshwater aquarium hobby. The situation today is totally changed, with a vast range of products on offer, enabling the most sophisticated set-up to be created for keeping the fascinating marine reef fishes from the sea.
Good water chemistry
Good water chemistry is what every marine aquarium demands. Good filtration, assisted by the aquarium keeper’s close control on feeding, making regular part-water changes, not over-populating the aquarium, etc, will ensure the correct balance to maintain that all-important requisite of perfect water chemistry.
For maximum efficiency, the water in the aquarium needs to turnover via the filters a few times every hour, passing through selected filter media. One outside fitting power-filter – as large as is necessary – might be sufficient, but two working at opposite ends of the tank will be far better. The sparkling clarity of the water is obvious to see, but there is more important work going on inside those filters.
Also, another option is a sump-based system, which works as if it is a large canister filter and allows the use of different chambers complete with different media, all depending on stocking levels and size. You can also use this sump – which sits below the tank – as a means of hiding all your equipment so the visual impact on the aquarium is minimal.