Planning is the key to a successful saltwater aquarium installation. Individuals thinking about installing an indoor aquatic environment must consider the needs of the marine life that will be living in it. There are three basic saltwater aquarium ecological systems: fish only, fish only with live rock and reef systems.
Things to Consider in Advance of Saltwater Aquarium Installation
Normally, people choose predatory creatures for fish-only saltwater aquarium environments, but selecting just about any type of fish that thrive in these conditions is practical. Lighting, water movement and mechanical filtration are the three most important design considerations. However, before installation can be completed, these design elements must be harmoniously aligned with the needs of the accompanying wall or floor space. It’s crucial that the custom unit remain fully accessible so that a maintenance expert can access it without difficulty.
If adding live rock, it’s essential to ensure that the marine life that’s going to inhabit the custom unit is compatible with algae. Live rock adds some natural water filtration, and must be closely coordinated with the unit’s artificial filtration system to ensure optimal function.
Essentially, reef systems are identical to live rock systems, except that there are additional lighting and water movement considerations to factor into the equation. Most industry experts point to 3.5 watts of light for every gallon of saltwater if the corals are soft, and 4.5 watts per gallon if the corals are hard.
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