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Aquarium Science: 8ft Marine Tank

30/08/2017 0 Comment(s) Saltwater,

Author: Leslie Tsen (B.S.) Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources. Wildlife Conservation

The ocean has some of the remarkable sights to behold. From the unique filter-feeding mechanism of a gigantic whaleshark to the harpooning cnidae of diverse coral species for prey-capturing purposes; from the cryptic (camouflaging) nature of many seahorses to the ballooning mechanism of pufferfish for defensive purposes, the underwater world is a vast ecosystem with many extraordinary creatures constantly interacting with one another. While you might not be able to house something as big as a whaleshark in home aquaria and watch it filtering in tons after tons of shrimps and planktons (it is illegal anyway without exclusive permit), mimicking a small part of the ocean right in your living room is perfectly achievable. Imagine waking up into a 8 feet-long reef tank with many stunning fish, anemones, stony corals, and cleaner shrimps, your day will be starting off perfect. Be warned though, for setting up a big marine tank like this requires a lot of dedication and proper planning beforehand, as the routine maintenance can be both costly and tedious depending on the species of organisms that your system is currently housing.

 

Beginning Phase – Planning

 

Careful planning and framework drafting are crucial to the success of any projects especially a big one like this as they help to establish a goal-setting protocol throughout the entire project period. Not only will such protocol help you to save time by allowing each stage of the project to be carried out systematically one after another, it also helps to keep track of budgets and monthly expenses without causing you to pay for unnecessary equipments. Here are some of the few aspects that should be considered:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working Phase – Setting Up

 

Now that you have read through some of the basics and are familiar with the general ideas of how each of these equipments and water parameters comes into play in the overall system, we can proceed to the actual setting up part.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Post-setup Phase - Maintenance
 

Having a carefully planned maintenance routine is essential in keeping your aquaria successful for long term. Upkeeping a marine aquarium requires many other dedications aside from the common maintenance routines such as water change and feeding. We summarized some of the most important routines that should ideally be carried out based on the timely schedule as listed below:      
 

 

 

 

 

 


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Disclaimer: This article contains materials referred from published scientific journals and is strictly meant for educational purposes only. It must NOT be substituted for any forms of medical care, treatment, and consultation from veterinarians, aquatic experts or other licensed professionals. NO compensation shall be reimbursed by Harvest Fish & Pet for the direct or indirect loss, damage, injury, or death of both living (user included) and non-living beings caused by the application of information from this article either in full or in part.  


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