For many of us, having a saltwater aquarium would be like having a dream come true. However, we have been either scared away from owning what we would really like to have by some of the things we have read about having this type of tank, or heard from others about the woes of keeping saltwater fish. The beginner’s saltwater aquarium need not be a scary proposition!
What will be needed for the beginner’s saltwater aquarium? You need the aquarium itself, any kind of decorations you want in the aquarium and the right kind of filtration for a salt-water tank. This filtration may or may not include protein skimming. You will need the proper type of lighting apparatus and intensity that is not only suitable for marine fish, but also the type that will fit the tank you have selected.
The size of the tank that is chosen for a beginner saltwater aquarium can make quite a difference in the general health and well-being of the fish that live inside. It is important to remember that a larger tank is actually better for someone who is just starting out. One reason for this is that it has been proven that you cannot place as many fish in an aquarium prepared for saltwater fish.
The tank densities of each aquarium will of course vary, depending on the amount of salt and other substances in the water and the type of filter that is used to keep the water clean and clear. The best kind of filter for a beginner’s saltwater aquarium is one that uses biological, chemical, and mechanical filters together as a system.
It is easiest of all to start out with an aquarium that is going to be a marine-fish only tank. With just fish, you do not need to make the decision on whether you are going to keep live rock in your tank, or turn your tank into a small coral reef system. Crabs, corals, and sea anemones all require a different level of care. Marine fish alone can be relatively easy for a hobbyist to raise and keep healthy.
In order to keep marine fish in a saltwater aquarium, you are going to have to mix in some aquarium salt when you first set your tank up. With the use of an instrument called a hydrometer, it is easy to measure the water content in an aquarium to see if it has too much or too little salt.
What it is necessary to remember is that though the care can be very similar for both marine and freshwater fish, the requirements to keep them healthy can be quite different. One thing remains the same, however, and that is the need for a bacteria culture in the saltwater tank as well as the freshwater.
These friendly bacteria can allow you to add a few more fish than your saltwater aquarium would be normally be able to handle without going into waste overload. The bacteria can also help you to keep the water quality in your tank clean and clear by constantly growing, multiplying and sending out new beneficial bacteria every thirty minutes that keeps the mulm from growing and seemingly multiplying out of control. Where can you get a salt-water tank accessory that will do all this for you and your aquarium?
You can get just what you need from the family of EcoBio-Block aquarium products. Not many products can do all of this, and last for 2 years as well! EcoBio-Block can, because their products are genuinely the best!
January 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM Comment (1)
Starting a new fish tank can be exciting, but that excitement could quickly fade if we failed to do a crucial first step the right way, and some or all of our fish were to die. In order to keep this from happening, the person who wants a freshwater fish tank in their home or office needs to learn the correct way of getting a new tank set up and ready for a few fishy inhabitants.
We will assume you already have your aquarium, the aquarium gravel, filter, heater, decorations, test kits, and fish food. Did we leave something out? Does this look like it is just about everything you would need to start a new fish tank? Almost, but you are forgetting a few important items. You need an aquarium vacuum, an aquarium glass scrubber, a good-sized fish net, and several five-gallon buckets.
Why do you need to worry about all this stuff when you are starting up a new fish tank? That nice, clean tank is not going to stay that way by itself! It is up to the aquarium owner to do the maintenance on his or her tank, and keep it looking and smelling clean and nice. It can be a lot of work to adhere to a schedule in order to keep a fish tank clean, and this discourages some people from ever owning a nice aquarium.
That’s a shame, because there are products out on the market now that can really help even someone with very little freshwater aquarium fish experience to keep a sparkling tank and healthy fish. One such product is from the EcoBio-Block family of products for your aquarium, and it goes by the name of EcoBio-Stone. The EcoBio-Stone-M is the size that is best for a mid-sized aquarium.
You can also purchase EcoBio-Block in other forms, such as the Pebbles or EcoBio-Stone S for smaller tanks that could go up to twenty gallons in size. An EcoBio-Stone M is the size you would need for an aquarium that could range from eight gallons all the way up to sixty gallons.
Just what do these products do? The EcoBio products contain an inventive mixture of volcanic rock and cement with a good portion of beneficial bacteria mixed in with some nutrients for the bacteria. This bacteria is the same type that the Japanese favorite known as “Natto” has in it. All these friendly little bacteria are sealed into the EcoBio-Block Products; all they need to grow and prosper is a little water.
When added to aquarium water, these bacteria begin to multiply, and it won’t be long before they have taken over much of the routine maintenance work in your aquarium.
These beneficial bacteria proliferate quickly. Their job is to erode and do away with the organic matter that falls to the bottom of the tank, the mulm that you siphon up with your aquarium vacuum. Your tank water stays cleaner and of better quality without having to vacuum the substrate once a week or so.
Your aquarium will be clear, have no odor, and the bacteria will oxidize ammonia and nitrites into safer by-products. The lava rock will slowly add trace minerals and a little calcium to the tank water to balance it. An EcoBio-Block can last for up to two years. Shouldn’t you use one when starting a new fish tank?
January 11, 2010 at 3:51 PM Comments (0)
Okay, aquarium newbies, here is a question for you! Do you vacuum the substrate of your freshwater aquarium? For a healthy tank, vacuuming the gravel or other substrate that you have placed in the bottom of the aquarium is a head start on making sure that your fish stay healthy, and your aquarium water stays crystal clear and clean.
This is because the aquarium gravel and substrate is where all the fish waste matter and any extra food you placed in your tank ends up settling after it floats around the tank for a little while. To keep fish from living in the unhealthy conditions that this excess waste can cause, most fish owners will use a gravel vacuum hose to siphon the putrid matter out of the substrate once a week or so.
If a tank were to go for a time without having this kind of tank maintenance, it would be a sight to see. Tank vacuuming keeps the water in an aquarium clear and spotless. Most aquarium owners will do a partial water change at the same time they are cleaning the substrate of gravel. It’s a timesaver, which can be important to new tank owners. Many of them claim that they are spending an inordinate amount of time doing water changes and vacuuming gravel – and do they really have to do this so often to have healthy fish?
Most of these new owners will eventually hit on some type of schedule for their own tank cleaning. Some of these owners may well spend a lot less time keeping their aquarium substrate and aquarium water clean and clear than other tank owners will. It is not because they don’t appreciate and/or care for their fish any more than the owners who do more cleaning and fussing with their aquariums, yet still seem to have problems with cloudy tank water and/or tank water that smells bad. It is because they have learned of and taken to heart a new method of keeping their aquariums beautifully clear and biologically sound and safe for freshwater fish. A different and innovative product has come along that allows them to spend less time on a cleaning and maintenance schedule, and more time enjoying the beauty of their fish. That method is the purchase and then the proper use of an EcoBio-Block.
The EcoBio-Block family of products are not like some of the other products that are sold in order to help those who know the joy of fish keeping maintain their stock in a safe and healthy manner. EcoBio-Blocks are simple to use, and only need replacing every two years are so. While some aquariums will still need to have their gravel or substrate vacuumed, it will be on a far less frequent basis after the use of the EcoBio-Block.
EcoBio-Blocks are made of a distinctive volcanic rock fusion with live beneficial bacteria. This combination produces live bacteria and releases them into your tank water for up to two years. You will not have to vacuum and do water changes as often, thanks to these bacteria who neatly dispose of the fish poop and extra fish food so that your tank stays clear. If you think that you are one of those people who vacuum the substrate of your freshwater aquarium too often, you should try one of the EcoBio-Blocks in your tank so you can see the difference for yourself!
January 5, 2010 at 4:37 PM Comments (0)