Saltwater tanks are a great way to bring the wonders of the ocean into your own home. With their vivid colors, diverse ecosystems, and numerous creative possibilities, these tanks are the centerpiece of any room. Maintaining a beautiful, flourishing saltwater aquarium in your home doesn’t have to be difficult. This is your guide to setting up a reef tank and how you can bring it to life.
Set Up and Regulate Your Tank Environment
Before you can begin introducing life into your aquarium, it’s crucial that you establish the perfect environment. This process includes filling the tank with the appropriate amount of sand, mixing the saltwater to a gravity of 1.025, and rinsing the live rock of harmful bacteria and organisms. You’ll also want to be sure to find the proper balance of lighting and stabilize the temperature within the tank to the optimal degree.
Over the next several weeks following setup, continue to test the tank environment to ensure that it’s stable and healthy. Along with maintaining the lighting and temperature, be sure that you’re also monitoring the water flow within the tank to confirm that it’s always in motion.
Introduce Marine Life into Your Tank
Once everything is consistent and stabilized, you can then start thinking about purchasing your first organisms. For coral in particular, you must wait at least a month to introduce them, as your tank environment will need time to stabilize. Even after that month concludes, we still recommend that you acclimate stronger corals first. This will allow you time to experiment with the water salinity and lighting without killing your specimens.
Then, before introducing any more organisms, such as fish or crustaceans, let your tank sit for an additional two weeks. This will allow your coral to get used to the conditions in the tank and give you an opportunity to adjust everything to the proper levels.
For everything you need to set up your own reef tank, reach out to World Wide Corals. From beginner coral packs to our larger arrays of hard and soft aquacultured corals, we can provide you with the proper organisms for your environment.