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    How to Set up a Marine Fish Tank

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    If you have a love of caring for marine fish then it is a must that you invest in a marine fish tank. You will get so much pleasure when you set up a marine fish tank that you will not regret your investment. This article will teach you some important facts about setting up a marine fish tank.
     

    Marine Fish Tank – Setting it up


    • Check the tank for leaks before you start to add anything to it.

    • Clean out the tank with one teaspoon of pure bleach for every five gallons of water. Then scrub the tank, plants, rocks and any other decorations you intend on adding to the tank.

    • Rinse everything thoroughly with water.

    • Install the filtration system following the instructions carefully as different models vary in the way they need to be installed.

    • Wash out the gravel well before putting it inside the tank. You should have about one pound of gravel one gallon of water in the tank.

    • Put the plants in making sure they are stable by surrounding the base with gravel.

    • Fill up a bucket with clean water which contains no chlorine.

    • Use a hydrometer to read how much salt is dissolved in the water; you will need to add salt so that it reads a specific gravity between 1.020 and 1.023.

    • Add the salty water to the tank, leaving an inch at the top.

    • Start up the filtration system and add the heater and thermometer. Most marine fish will need the temperature between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

    • Let everything settle down and run for about 72 hours. Add the fish once the chemical levels are correct and the temperature is within the right limits.

    • Buy a powerhead so that the water circulates. You will also need to buy a protein skimmer which will remove organic debris from the water before it turns to nitrates.


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