“How to Maintain a Saltwater Fish Tank”| | Advanced Composition SUMBO8 – SEC AS Catherine Quick Due: September 7, 2008| A saltwater fish tank is no ordinary fish tank. A saltwater fish tank is a self-supporting ecosystem, as long as it is maintained properly. This means that every element in a saltwater fish tank relies on every other element for survival. Stability must be achieved by monitoring and maintaining specific factors, in order to keep the system stable.
Since saltwater fish tanks are meant to achieve the same ecosystem as the ocean, which is a very stable one, all living things in the tank cannot tolerate many fluctuations. And since every living creature in any saltwater fish tank is taken from the ocean, you can maintain the stability of the environment by monitoring the PH, temperature, lighting, and salinity. A one degree increase in temperature in a salt water fish tank could cause the fish and reefs to become ill and shocked. Therefore, you must monitor the heater in your tank to make sure it is functioning properly.
The proper temperature in a saltwater fish tank, no matter how many gallons it is, is 77 degrees. This is because that probably the temperature the fish and coral were kept at, when they were at the fish store you purchased them from. If you have a larger fish tank, you should have at least two heaters. Lighting is very important in your saltwater fish tank. Not only because it makes the tank more of a show stopper, but because it important to health and over all wellbeing to your fish and corals. The florescent light should be kept on between 8 and 10 hours a day.
When the florescent lights are on in your tank, it promotes the growth of algae, which the beautiful reefs and supper cool cleaner fish and shrimp survive on. The PH of a tank measures the acidity or alkalinity. A saltwater tank needs to be kept between 8. 0 and 8. 4. Buffers are used to maintain the necessary PH level. To raise the PH of your tank you can add baking soda, the amount depends on the size of you tank. To lower the PH level in your tank, you can add vinegar or lemon juice, but again, the amount fluctuates when it comes to different tank sizes.
However, the simplest way to keep the PH balanced is to use a product from the fish store, which is basically a formula to automatically add buffers, calcium, iodine, and other vitamins and supplements, that everything in your tank will strive on. There are Ph strips you should purchase in order to test the Ph levels. The indicator includes test strips and Ph indicator. The way you do this is to fill the vile with the water in your tank, then drop about two drops of the Ph indicator into the vile. The color in the vile will change and compare that color to the strips.
The color the vile matches on the stripes will let you now the Ph. Salinity in a saltwater fish tank is basically how much salt is in the water. However, you cannot just add salt water into your saltwater fish tank; you need to mix it in with some fresh water. You can use a salinity/specific gravity indicator called a hydrometer, which is basically a universal plastic little thing you can get from the fish store. All you have to do is dip it in the tank and fill it up, and a little dial will show you how salty your tank it. The dial should read 1. 20 to 1. 026. If the salinity is too high add a little fresh water, if it is too low add a little saltwater. It can be very pricy to purchase and maintain a saltwater fish tank. So it is important to understand all of the aspects that go into maintaining it. If you maintain the tank properly you will not be disappointed. Every aspect of a saltwater fish tank down to the algae that grows on the glass, contributes tremendously to the final, mesmerizing result. If you follow the correct procedure, you will get the results you desire.