Tips for Setting Up Custom Saltwater Aquariums on a Budget

January, 2014 by Alma Abell

You have always admired those gorgeous Custom Saltwater Aquariums you see in restaurants, or even in the homes of some of your friends. However, you know there is no way you will be able to afford to spend thousands of dollars setting up the elegant aquariums you have seen. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a ton to have a nice, elegant aquarium gracing the living room of your home. Read on for some tips on how to get a nice aquarium at a not so expensive price.

Picking the tank is the logical place to start. You need to decide what size tank you want, depending on the fish you want as well. There is no certain size your tank needs to be; they range from a half gallon tank to the tanks you see in seafood restaurants and even bigger. A 30-gallon tank seems to be one of the easiest to maintain, so you might want to start there. If you are on a strict budget you might want to go with a 10-gallon tank; after all, it does cost money to fill the aquarium up.

Your lighting can actually be the most expensive part of the whole process. Custom Saltwater Aquariums have a very different lighting scheme than their freshwater counterparts. You need to know that some lighting systems you can choose for a saltwater aquarium will increase your electric bill quite drastically, so you want to make sure and do your research when choosing the correct lighting for your needs.

Heating is another consideration that is extremely important. You want to keep your tank between 78 to 80 degrees, so your fish will thrive in a climate similar to their natural one. A 50 watt heater is sufficient for a 10-gallon tank, and should only run you around $20.

If you are considering becoming a keeper of saltwater fish, you need to know there is a lot more to it than just tossing some fish in an aquarium and feeding them once a day. A saltwater aquarium is a big responsibility; one you need to be sure you are ready for.

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