The Marine Aquarium

When you decide to have a marine aquarium in your home you are not only bringing life into the room that aquarium will be in but also adding enjoyment for all the family. 

My eldest son who is only 3 is fascinated by watching the crabs and shrimps and he loves watching the coral move. The fish are brightly coloured and children love bright colours but the fact that a marine aquarium is a complete living ecosystem brings more than just a fish to look at. He has in his room some tropical fish and these are nice but they do not attract the same attention. My other son who is 1 enjoys watching the fish and when he is upset I simply take to the fish tank and he forgets why he was crying and watches the fish swim around. 

Family members and friends also make comments and it seems that everyone is interested in the marine aquarium. Having kept many different types of fish over the years I certainly can see the interest level change when people see a marine aquarium. My discus which were housed in a full planted aquarium that looked like this:- 

Discus Aquarium

Example Discus Aquarium


I have housed 12 large discus in a 5 foot aquarium and even breed them over the years. 

I have also had a beautiful 20” arowana that amazing. 

 Arowana Aquarium 

However nothing has ever been anywhere near as good my marine aquariums. It seems everyone is interested in my marine aquariums and it is so relaxing. My marine aquarium is in the dining room so that we can see it from the living room, dining room and conservatory. It is placed away from any windows which generate algae problems from direct sunlight and is placed in a non busy area along a wall. 

Half the battle with setting up a marine aquarium is getting the tank to be trouble free and with minimum work load involved. I have a view that you should not try and cut costs on marine aquariums. If you buy a protein skimmer that is bigger than what you need, it will cost a little more but will be quieter and not have to work hard to do its job. If you work out you need 90 kg of live rock and you think that the cost is too much, buy a smaller tank. Getting everything as it should be will mean you have more success and with this success comes less work, which means you enjoy keeping a marine aquarium rather than always working on it due to problems. 

If you find yourself testing and adding calcium, testing and adding calcium, testing and adding calcium then buy a calcium reactor, once setup then you can test every now and again. If you buy iodine, always buy the biggest available as this will save you money in the long run. The same with salt. Look for deals on 25 kg buckets and this will save you money. 

Everything I do with my marine aquarium is aimed at making me do less. I want to enjoy the fish not work for them. 

Knowledge is everything and planning is a must. It took 2 months of planning to get my tank on the road and I have experience in keeping a marine aquarium. So if its your first bear this in mind. Also remember the bigger the volume of water in a marine aquarium the easier it will be look after. Many people try keeping marine fish in small tanks and then have problems and think it is too hard. It is much more difficult if your volume of water is small. 

The biggest tip for marine aquarium keeping is don’t buy fish on a whim. You may not get them once they are in your tank. I have had all my rock out the tank to catch a Blue face Angel Fish that I brought as a juvenile even thou i knew deep down when it matures it may nip and coral. It was a hungry coral muncher and so needed to go. I regret this to this day as he eat some lovely coral I had grown for over 12 months and then gone in a minute. 

If you have decided to get a marine aquarium I would seriously consider buying the largest tank you can. And start off with clown fish for a while to get the tank settled and get you into the habit and skill of changing water without altering the chemistry of the water too much.

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