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Saltwater Aquarium Care and Maintenance


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Saltwater Aquarium Care and Maintenance

  1. 1. ==== ====Visit us to learn all about owning ====A saltwater aquarium requires minimum care and maintenance when it is properly set up. Dailychecks of the aqua system and checks on the overall condition and behavior of the fish andinvertebrates is required to ensure that it is functioning properly.After several months of the tank being in operation it is not uncommon for the undergravel filter toget clogged. Salt accumulation can occasionally clog the filter air line. The salt can be taken awayby passing a fine wire down the plastic air tube in the filter to gently break up the salt or detachingthe filter tube assembly from the undergravel filter and soaking the parts in warm water to dissolvethe salt deposits.You should examine the outside filters for signs of diminished water flow during daily maintenance.Particle matter and debris can clog the filter and perhaps cause a crimp in the hoses of the filter.The heater is another piece of equipment that needs to be checked daily to insure that it is workingproperly. A little fluctuation in the water temperature is fine but, a heater that is working properlyought to keep the temperature within a set range.If the water is colder then it ought to be, turn the dial on the heater up slowly until the red lightgoes on. Wait a respective amount of hours and then check the temperature again. You will haveto readjust if the temperature still Is not right.In addition to taking notes on the water clarity on a daily basis, water testing for PH, ammonia,salinity, or other tests should be conducted weekly. Weekly or perhaps monthly water changes arecrucial in any aquarium. Although the water is constantly filtered to get rid of things like toxiccomponents, several different organic and inorganic compounds can accumulate in the water overtime.If no water changes are done it could change the chemical composition and effect the aquariuminhabitants. These changes could include an increase in nitrate, in the concentration of phosphate,in organic compounds and a lessening in PH, the buffering capacity, and in several trace elementsthat are required by marine organisms, especially invertebrates.It is also crucial to replace the water on a weekly basis. Tap water may be used but, if the water isexceedingly hard, it could cause a chemical imbalance. In this condition, distilled water should bealternatively used with tap water. Just remember, the water in both circumstances needs to betreated with a water conditioner prior to adding it to the aquarium.The surfaces in the tank ought to be cleaned on a weekly basis. You need to pay close attention tothe parts of the tank where salt has a tendency to gather like the aquarium cover, the hood, thetop, and the sides of the tank. The removable covers may be washed under warm water. The
  2. 2. aquarium glass could be cleaned with cleaning sponges or algae scrapers. Special siphoncleaners may be used to shift debris from the surface of the filter bed.A saltwater aquarium takes time to clean and preserve properly but, if these things are done right,you could save yourself time from dealing with greater problems in the future and ensure thehealth and long life of the creatures living within it. Saltwater Aquarium Care and Maintenance is anecessity if you want to keep healthy fish.Gideon ODaniels is a saltwater aquarium enthusiast. He owns and maintains Saltwater AquariumTips, a resource for aquarium hobbyists and the place for quality information on keeping your fishhealthy, maintaining a vibrant Aquarium of healthy fish and water treatment advice.Article Source:'Daniels==== ====Visit us to learn all about owning ====