Saltwater Aquarium Maintenance

Without a disciplined schedule of aquarium maintenance, our saltwater systems can deteriorate quickly.  It has been said that ‘good things happen slowly, but bad things happen quickly’.  And for our marine tanks and their inhabitants, this adage couldn’t be more true.

In the enclosed environment of our saltwater systems, water quality can degrade quickly without regular aquarium maintenance and water changes, especially when the aquarium is overstocked and overfed.

Nano Aquarium Maintenance

Aquarium maintenance should be performed religiously on nano tanks of less than 15 gallons throughout their lifetime.

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Well maintained 15 gallon nano aquarium

The smaller the aquarium, the more quickly changes in water quality will take place.  In fact, I would put the same amount of care into any aquarium that is 30 gallons or less, as if it were a nano tank.

Nano aquariums are notorious for hourly changes in pH and temperature.  Water evaporation, fluctuations in salinity and ammonia, nitrite and nitrate build-up are other important concerns.   Considerable care and experience is required of the hobbyist maintaining a nano saltwater aquarium, which is why beginners should avoid keeping a nano aquarium until more experience is gained.

Aquarium Maintenance For Marine Tanks Of 50 Gallons Or More

Saltwater aquariums larger than 50 gallons will offer more stablility as far as water parameters.   But it is a good idea to keep up a regular aquarium maintenance schedule if the tank is less than a year old.  It is this crucial first year period that can make or break the will of the hobbyist to keep on going.  No surprise that most beginner saltwater aquarium enthusiasts give up the hobby within the first year.

Aquarium Maintenance For Mature Saltwater Tanks

But it is also good to know that a larger aquarium that is mature (at least 5 years old) and lightly stocked will be far more forgiving of lapses in regular maintenance and water changes.  But regular monthly water changes of 10-15%, along with monthly water testing for pH and alkalinity, calcium, magnesium, phosphate and nitrate should not be ignored.  A pH monitor is a good investment for monitoring daily and nightly fluctuations in pH.

More pages on Saltwater Aquarium Maintenance:

Algae Control

Cyanobacteria | Red Slime Algae And How You Can Get Rid Of It

Feeding Marine Fish

Water Changes

Mixing Saltwater

Deionized Water

What To Look For In An Aquarium Salt

Natural Seawater

 

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