Marine fish tank – what accessories your fish can’t live without

Setting up a marine fish tank for the first time is not as simple as just filling an aquarium with salt water. There are several accessories that must also be considered for the marine tank setup to be successful. Also, if you have the necessary marine aquarium supplies the maintenance and care of the marine aquarium will be easier and you will more thoroughly enjoy your tank! Minimum requirements for a successful marine fish tank include a powerhead, heater, protein skimmer, hydrometer, thermometer, lighting, and an appropriate filter.

A marine fish tank cannot thrive without a proper filter. A good starter filter will include a protein skimmer and some sort of canister filter. The protein skimmer removes biological wastes before they reach the filter and significantly decrease the workload of the canister filter. More advanced filtration can be achieved by a wet/dry trickle filter. While the filtration system will certainly provide water circulation, a good quality water pump or “powerhead” will provide the much needed flow that is required by so many marine fish and corals.

Heaters and a water thermometer are also required since most marine fish and corals are sensitive to changes in temperature. Quality aquarium heating will maintain the water temperature within the range tolerated by the specific marine fish tank inhabitants. Plan on needing anywhere from 2 to 5 Watts per gallon of water, and remember that it is better and safer to have several smaller heaters than one 300W heater.

A hydrometer is an accessory that measures and monitors the specific gravity of the aquarium water. In a marine fish tank, the specific gravity is related to the water’s salinity. Hydrometers come in two basic types – the floater and the swing needle. Swing needle hydrometers are easiest to read and quick to start using in your aquarium.

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Rocks and corals are miscellaneous accessories that can be added to enhance the beauty of the marine fish tank environment. They can be arranged in anyway depending on their sizes and shapes. Not only do they provide beauty but they also serve as shelter for the fishes.

If you have the necessary marine fish tank supplies before you start setting up your aquarium, you will be rewarded with an easy installation. Your maintenance will definitely run more smoothly over the years you have the aquarium.

How to choose and attach an aquarium background

Say you just brought home a great new aquarium. It has several fish added to it and maybe a few plants and rocks or fun ornaments to it. The fish are healthy and active, as are the plants. While you definitely enjoy watching the new fish in their excellent tropical aquarium, something seems missing. After a bit of thought you realize the fish tank will be much better with an attractive aquarium background!

Aquarium backgrounds are great ways to instantly transform a boring fish tank into one with beautiful, life-like plants and scenes. After adding an new background to your aquarium, you’ll no longer have to look at so much of the filter, or all the cords as they run behind your fish tank. Instead, you’ll get to gaze at inspiring scenes with your fish swimming in front of them! Your fish will appreciate them too.

Choosing your aquarium background
With so many fish tank backgrounds available, deciding on which one to buy isn’t always an easy task. You’ll find yourself wanting them all, which makes narrowing it down to just one a tad difficult at times. The easiest choice is to decide if you want one solid color (hey, some people do!) or a scenic picture.

For solid colors, most are either greens, blues, or blacks. If you decide to go with a scene, you’ll get to choose from a wide variety. Most background scenes are focused either on plants, rocks, driftwood, or corals. It’s recommended to go with corals for saltwater aquariums, but they could work for a freshwater tank as well. As a bonus, most backgrounds have two different scenes on the front and back so if you’re having a hard time deciding between a plant-filled scene or a more natural riverbed image you can likely find one that has both!

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Attaching your new aquarium background
This is the easy part. Before you buy your scene, make sure it is bigger than your fish tank. Most backgrounds come in standard fish tank sizes such as 36 x 18 or 48 x 18. When you get home, just trim the picture to size being sure to keep your favorite parts in the scene (don’t worry, you’ll usually only have to trim just a bit).

Next, take the background to the back of the aquarium. Use small pices of invisible tape to attach it to the fish tank. You’ll likely just need two or three on each side, and a few across the top and bottom if your aquarium is rather long. Be sure to keep the screen nice and tight up against the aquarium glass to prevent any rippling. There you go – you’re done and can now appreciate your fish tank background for years to come!

Finding Unique Fish Tank Decor

When it comes to sprucing up the look of your aquarium, fish tank decor is a great way to quickly make changes that instantly transform your aquarium. Whether you are looking for discount fish tank decor or just quality cheap fish tank decor, you are guaranteed to find something you like. Aquarium decorations come in a variety of styles. The decorations available now are non toxic so you don’t have to worry about harming your fish. Below you can learn about the different types of decor that are available for your freshwater aquariums.

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Driftwood is a great way to add natural looking fish tank decor to any aquarium. Driftwood is widely available, is cheap, an comes in a never-ending number of variations. Whether tall, stumpy, thin, wide, or multiple branches, you are sure to find a piece of driftwood that will look great in your aquarium. Some fish, including plecos, benefit from driftwood since they can munch on the wood fibers. Others benefit from the small amount of tannins that diffuse into the water and lower the acidity.

Plastic decoration
s are some of the most widely used fish tank decor. They are available in many fun and unique three dimensional scenes. Without looking too hard, you can find such scenes as Elmo swimming underwater, octopi hiding in rocks, sunken pirate ships, and animated divers. Many of these aquarium decorations have spaces within them for fish to swim through or hide in, allowing fish to have more fun. These decorations also help reduce fish stress!

Fake plants can instantly transform the look of any aquarium. They add flowing plants to the fish tank without the hassle of needing to care for another living plant. Silk and plastic are the two most commonly available forms of this type of fish tank decor. If you are really ready to learn a bit, then live aquarium plants also add a unique flare to any aquarium.

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