Why are salt water aquariums so difficult to keep healthy? Is there a trick?
They're not as difficult as some people say, however they present a slightly higher challenge for the uninitiated for a few reasons ;
-Saltwater fish tend to cost more
-Saltwater fish are a bit less forgiving on mistakes, so they require more regular monitoring
-A saltwater aquarium requires a bit more equipment and products.
So for a first fish tank, it is suggested to go for the simpler solution of a freshwater setup.
After you've become familiar with your aquarium, you can start a saltwater tank with little difficulty.
I had a 275 gal saltwater aquarium, and it was easier then any freshwater one I ever had. I made sure I keep an accurate amount of salt in it, maybe that was why. Or if I started to see any algae forming I would clean it. I also replaced filter floss regularly. I hope something there helps.
Saltwater aquariums really aren't that difficult to keep healthy. Rather, they just require much more regular attention than freshwater aquariums do.
The biggest trick to keeping a saltwater aquarium healthy is regular water changes. You should replace a good chunk of your water every week; I do a weekly 10% water change. Regular water changes flush out the toxins your filtration can't handle and replace the trace nutrients that your livestock use.
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