Marine Tank Setup in 10 Simple Steps

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Picking the species you "must have." Matthew L. Wittenrich

Aquarium Setup

  1. Investigate
  2. Make Lists
  3. Buy Your System Components
  4. Assemble and Test Your Gear
  5. Mix the Seawater
  6. Add the Rock and Substrate
  7. Rest and Test
  8. Inoculate Your System
  9. Add Herbivores
  10. Add Hardy Fishes

Doing Things Right The First Time

Adapted from: The Conscientious Marine Aquarist
By Robert M. Fenner

Knowing you want a marine aquarium is not enough. You wouldn’t go into a car dealership and buy a new vehicle without first making at least a mental checklist of the features you absolutely need, the options you might like, and an idea of how much you want to spend.

Too many first-time aquarium buyers acquire an aquarium on impulse, then later find that the tank is too small for a fish they really want or the lights are too weak for the anemone or soft coral they always dreamed of having. Read more...

The 10 Simple Steps

  1. Investigate: What kind of marine aquarium do you really want?
  2. Make Lists: What are your "must-have" fish species?
  3. Buy Your System Components: Basics and Options
  4. Assemble and Test Your Gear: A Freshwater Check for Leaks and Problems
  5. Mix the Seawater
  6. Add the Rock and Substrate: Aquascaping Made Easy
  7. Rest and Test: Take A Breather and Test the Waters
  8. Inoculate Your System: Jump-starting the Nitrogen Cycle
  9. Add Herbivores: Algae Happens - Be Ready
  10. Add Hardy Fishes: Start Stocking Your New Marine Aquarium

Recommended Reading

Good Books for Beginning Marine Aquarists