How to Setup a Reef Aquarium

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How to Setup a Reef Aquarium

Creating an ideal atmosphere for any home can take time and effort, but the rewards are usually worth it. One way to add décor that also provides a way to relax is by setting up a reef aquarium in a living space. This can provide color to any living room, and the reef aquarium may consist of living corals, marine invertebrates, and fish. By fully understanding the steps and items required to complete this task, anyone can enjoy what an aquarium offers.

 

Components Required for a Reef Aquarium

The first order of business for anyone interested in a reef aquarium is to select the items that are necessary for constructing this project.

Listed below are the components that must be obtained to begin:

  1. Display tank - This is an area where the marine life will reside, and it is also often referred to as an aquarium.
  2. Tank stand - This will hold the aquarium in an upright position. The height of the stand will determine the precise level of the tank. It should be sturdy and stable enough to hold the weight of a full tank.
  3. Sump - This component is necessary to keep electrical equipment out of sight and will allow the area to appear clutter-free for a more attractive look.
  4. Refugium - This is required to keep the macroalgae and microflora/fauna in check. These are commonly placed within one tank with compartments.
  5. Lighting - It is critical for the marine life to have the right amount of lighting. There are a wide variety of types to select from, such as fluorescent and high-intensity lights.
  6. Canopy - The canopy is a top that prevents items from spilling into the aquarium. Additionally, this will allow for a place to feed the fish.
  7. Filtration - Every reef aquarium must have the adequate amount of filtration to keep the display tank clean.
  8. Anyone who wishes to add this unique and colorful décor to his or her home should follow the steps listed below to set up the aquarium:
  9. Choose a location to place the reef aquarium.
  10. Decide if acrylic or glass should be used for the display tank.
  11. Select the type of lighting needed for the tank, such as fluorescent or high-intensity lighting.
  12. Fill the tank with the required amount of salt water.
  13. Place the heater in the sump of the tank and consider a chiller, too.
  14. Once the saltwater and pumps are operational, run these for at least a day before adding additional items to the tank.
  15. Add the accessories to the tank, such as living rocks or other reef accessories.
  16. Allow the tank to cycle. This can take from two to six weeks.
  17. Consider adding fish that work to clean the tank, such as snails and small hermit crabs before adding the reef fish.

 

Setting up a Reef Aquarium

  1. Anyone who wishes to add this unique and colorful décor to his or her home should follow the steps listed below to set up the aquarium:
  2. Choose a location to place the reef aquarium.
  3. Decide if acrylic or glass should be used for the display tank.
  4. Select the type of lighting needed for the tank, such as fluorescent or high-intensity lighting.
  5. Fill the tank with the required amount of salt water.
  6. Place the heater in the sump of the tank and consider a chiller, too.
  7. Once the saltwater and pumps are operational, run these for at least a day before adding additional items to the tank.
  8. Add the accessories to the tank, such as living rocks or other reef accessories.
  9. Allow the tank to cycle. This can take from two to six weeks.
  10. Consider adding fish that work to clean the tank, such as snails and small hermit crabs before adding the reef fish.

 

Selecting a Reef Aquarium

There are primarily two common types of reef aquariums:

  1. Nano reef - This is a smaller tank that is typically selected by marine hobbyists. It’s sold in kits that will allow for a total set-up of the reef aquarium. Selecting this type is much easier for the individual who is simply looking for added décor and enjoyment.
  2. Pico reef - This is the smallest reef aquarium available and it requires a great deal of care when it comes to maintaining the water in the tank. Additionally, due to the size of the pico reef, only a small amount of fish should be added to avoid overcrowding.

 

Fish and Marine Invertebrates for a Reef Aquarium

When it comes to adding the fish or marine invertebrate to the aquarium, there are wide varieties that are offered. Popular fish include the clownfish, tang, and gobies to beautify the display tank.

When selecting the marine vertebrae, you may want to consider the Candycane coral, Frogspawn coral, Hammer coral, Purse coral, and Star polyp.

 

How to Purchase a Reef Aquarium on eBay

Reef aquariums can add color and enjoyment to any home. By searching on eBay for the accessories and tank necessities, this will allow anyone to begin this fun project. Be sure to look for all the components needed to begin this hobby, including a display tank, sump, and other must-haves for the reef aquarium. Descriptive ads and colorful photographs can display the listing in full accuracy and provides the affordable cost of the each listed item. By browsing the pet supplies category, All of these items, as well as many more, can be found in the “Pet Supplies” section. Brighten up any room with a reef aquarium, then sit back and watch the fish and marine vertebrae at play.

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