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How to Maintain a Salt Water Fish Tank

Maintaining a saltwater fish tank can often be viewed as a tedious and time-draining activity or chore. Saltwater fish tanks take time and dedication, but the rewards and enjoyment they offer outweighs the effort owners put into their tanks. We hope this article provides all hobbyists and non-hobbyists with the information needed to maintain their aquariums without spending huge amounts of time on aquarium maintenance.

The Basics to Saltwater Tank Upkeep

Different tasks need to be taken in daily, weekly, and monthly timeframes to maintain your saltwater tank. The tasks might seem daunting, but by the time you get all the tasks down, you will find that 15 to 30 minutes will be all you need to perform all these tasks daily.

Daily Tasks

Daily, you would feed your tank’s inhabitants (once in the morning and at night), but also make sure to clean the glass of your tank from algae using an algae cleaning magnet. Depending on where you live, the water in your tank might be lowering daily because of evaporation, so keep track of that and replace the lost water. What we like to do as well is to wipe and clean the outside of the protein skimmer to boost its efficiency and prevent it from getting gunked up with waste.

Weekly Tasks

Test the water levels using a high-quality and consistent kit to ensure the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and phosphate levels are correct. (include calcium and alkalinity if you own coral) You also want to remove, empty, clean, and replace your protein skimmer.

Monthly Tasks

You will notice salt and calcium deposits start to form outside the tank. Clean it, as it is not esthetically pleasing, by vigorously scrubbing it with a vinegar-soaked sponge. It will be an excellent habit to get into if you clean all your pumps, tubing, and overflow box thoroughly at this point as well.

Consistency and Dedication Make for Great Tanks.

The most time-consuming saltwater fish tank maintenance part is partial water replacement. This should be done every two weeks to a month, depending on the number of inhabitants in your tank and how much waste is produced. When doing this, make sure to only replace about 10% of the water in the tank, as you do not want to disrupt the tank’s inhabitants too much.

Other chores include constantly checking your bulbs and ensuring they are lighting in the correct spectrum and intensity. Replace if needed. This also applies to your pumps, protein skimmer, and all the piping in your saltwater fish tank.

Contact OCD Reefs with any Questions or Concerns.

As mentioned before, this information will provide you with a maintenance schedule. But it may take a considerably extended amount of time and effort depending on how many species are kept, what specific attention they may need, and the size and complexity of your system. Following this schedule and guidelines will allow you to maintain any marine aquarium and reef without spending countless hours daily. Being consistent is the ultimate secret so you can have a thriving marine and reef aquarium that you can be proud to show off.