How to Aquascape a Saltwater Aquarium | Aquarium Care

How to Aquascape a Saltwater Aquarium | Aquarium Care


To aquascape a saltwater aquarium this is
very, very critical. This is what you’re going to be staring at
every time you look at your aquarium. So you want to put a lot of thought into it. First you need to look at the materials. I like dry reef rock like Marco Rock or Real
Reef alternatives to buying live, living reef rock. For one reason, living reef rock, you never
know what you’re going to get on it. You’re going to get a lot of dead organisms. You’re also going to get pests and hitchhikers. And it’s not sustainable. You’re taking a living reef and they’re dynamiting
it and destroying it to serve as the materials that we use in an aquarium. So if we really want to be environmentally
conscious about what we’re doing we should try to promote companies like Real Reef or
Marco who are good, realistic alternatives to living, real reef rock. That being said, when you decorate your aquarium
the techniques that you want to use are those that complement the shape and design of the
aquarium and the relation of the aquarium to the room. If it’s a peninsula aquarium, you want to
stack the decorations high on the side that’s touching the wall and then bring them down
slowly, to the point where it’s a nice open area for the fish to congregate in the part
of the tank that’s open. So remember, just like with a lot of things
nowadays, less is more. A nice open look for the fish to congregate
in the middle I think is better than having a lot of rocks where the fish can hide. When we first got into this industry it seems
everybody would decorate their tanks by sloping the rocks at a steep angle from the front
bottom of the tank to the back top of the tank. I’m not talking about the sand bed. It’s okay to make the sand bed stacked like
that, but the rocks themselves it just looks so purposeful and everything looks the same
when you stack the rocks like that. So you want to have a lot of nooks and crannies
and caves. You want the fish to feel secure. But you also want to create as much open space
as possible. And the reason for this is to allow the water
to move freely through the tank and keep a lot of the waste in suspension so the filter
can get at it. If you have too much decorations in there,
it’s going to really impede the water flow and have you relying on more pumps, more equipment,
more electricity to move that water around and it doesn’t really serve much of a purpose. You don’t want to put a lot of rocks in there. There’s such a thing called the golden ratio
where you have like a 4/3 proportion where the rocks are stacked higher on one side than
they are on the other side and that ratio works well for a lot of people. You can actually Google that. And then the sand or the gravel substrate,
I like a nice fine sand but if it’s too fine it’s going to get blown around by the current. So you want a sand that’s got a granular size
large enough where it doesn’t blow around but not too big where it looks like rocks
in a saltwater aquarium. The days of using crushed coral, I think,
are gone. It just doesn’t look as good as a nice clean
sand bottom.

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