How hard is it to maintain a saltwater tank?
I have had freshwater tank for a few years now and I want to move up and try a saltwater tank. My question is, is how hard is it to maintain a saltwater tank? Like how much more maintaince is it than a freshwater? Where should i start? Basically what do i need to know about saltwater tanks and fish to start one?
I would read these two articles by pasfur:
Saltwater Filtration 101, How it Differs from Freshwater and
Alkalinity and Calcium testing - important for every marine aquarium
Although a lot of reading, very informativee.
I have both a freshwater Pleco tank and a 150 gallon reef tank. My freshwater tank needs the filter pad to be cleaned/changed every week, weekly 50% water changes, testing, cleaning the gravel...you get the idea.
My 150 gallon reef requires I test & dose with Calcium and Alkalinty weekly, empty the Protein Skimmer every so often and scrape the glass once a week. I change under 10% of the water once a week, but its not necassary; I do it for piece of mind.
I would say that caring for my reef tank is far easier than my fw tank.
It seems to me that a reef tank is a lot more independent than a Freshwater tank. It is an entire eco system enclosed in some glass. To me maintaining my 30 gal reef isn't that hard at all. You just have to read a lot of stuff and get educated like wake49 said. I have 5 fish, 4 SPS 1 LPS and a bunch of softies over 130 watts of PC lighting all thriving and growing. I don't even have a skimmer. A HOB and thats it. All I do as far as maintenance is scrub the glass once a week and do a 3 gallon water change along with it. After you get your cycle complete and your stuff figured out it will get stable and be a breeze. ipsfdotcom on youtube have a beginners guide to setting up a 10 gallon reef tank. They are great vids. The guy is very knowledgeable. WATCH THEM!!!!!
Again, it is important that you read everything I just said. I am not saying your system can not work. I am not doubting your success. I am saying that your success is much more difficult to duplicate than when a skimmer is used.
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