Saltwater Aquarium Kits: Types and Setups for New Fish Hobbyists
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Saltwater aquarium set-upFun, fascinating saltwater aquariums make a great hobby for the whole family. Thanks to recent innovation and increased knowledge about the care of captive marine fish and invertebrates, keeping a saltwater aquarium is easier than ever. If you are looking to set up a saltwater aquarium, consider an all-inclusive aquarium package that contains the equipment you need for a successful start.

First, choose the size of aquarium you wish to install. When selecting aquarium size, consider the following: the needs of the species of fish and invertebrates you wish to raise, the space and weight of the aquarium, and the associated financial responsibility. Clownfish, for example, require a minimum of a 30-gallon aquarium, which must be placed on a stable, strong surface and requires a considerable investment to maintain.

Aquarium kits suitable for setting up a saltwater aquarium include the following:

Eclipse systems

Eclipse aquarium systems feature an aquarium hood that contains a filter and lights; this takes the guesswork out of the vital step of selecting proper filtration and lighting. These relatively inexpensive systems are easy to install and maintain. The 29-Gallon Saltwater Aquarium Kit, for example, includes everything you need to get started - aquarium, hood, heater, thermometer, synthetic aquarium salt, hydrometer, test kit, water conditioner, and instruction booklet.

If you prefer more of a do-it-yourself approach to setting up a relatively small saltwater aquarium, consider SeaClear Eclipse Compatible Aquariums. Once you have chosen an appropriately sized SeaClear aquarium, add either an Eclipse 2 or 3 hood (depending on the aquarium model you choose). If you select a SeaClear aquarium, you will also need a heater, salt mix, water dechlorinator, and test kits.

SeaClear System II Aquarium Combos

SeaClear System II Aquarium Combo Systems come in a variety of sizes and styles ranging from 30 to 50 gallons and include the necessary filtration and lighting. The filtration is incorporated into the back of the aquarium, so external plumbing is not required. These versatile aquariums are easily maintained and may be upgraded to include a protein skimmer and/or more intense lighting for corals and invertebrates.

55-Gallon Saltwater Aquarium Kit

If a larger saltwater aquarium with sizable fish and invertebrates is your goal, consider the 55-Gallon Saltwater Aquarium Kit, which includes everything you need in a convenient package. Because the filtration for this system hangs on the back of the aquarium, you will need to allocate ample room for the filtration when selecting an aquarium location. This system will accept most upgrades including: more intense lighting, a protein skimmer, and a water chiller if necessary.

Super System Aquarium Kits

Large saltwater aquariumLarger saltwater aquariums let you best maintain larger species of fish, or simply a greater number of your favorite smaller species. Super System Aquarium Kits, available in 75-gallon and 90-gallon sizes, are ideal if you wish to set up a large saltwater fish-only or reef aquarium. Their below-the-tank sump with BIO-wheel easily accommodates upgrades such as a protein skimmer, UV sterilizer, ozone reactor, or calcium reactor. Plus, the aquarium top easily accommodates lighting upgrades. To ensure safe, proper setup and installation of your Super System aquarium, Bekins Home Direct USA will deliver your aquarium to your home, then set up the stand, aquarium, and filter.

Selecting the right saltwater aquarium makes all the difference

Whether you are looking to set up a 30-gallon aquarium for a Clownfish and symbiotic anemone or a 90-gallon reef aquarium, you can boost your chances for success from the start by selecting the right aquarium kit. Always research the needs of your desired aquaria before selecting an aquarium, then make sure you have the space and resources necessary to maintain the appropriately sized aquarium and keep your aquaria healthy and happy.

All-inclusive saltwater aquarium systems are great for beginners, as they take the guesswork out of purchasing the aquarium (and often the essential related equipment). Drs. Foster & Smith Aquatic Specialists have personally tested all of the above systems using stringent requirements to ensure ease of use and successful performance with saltwater species. If you encounter difficulties setting up your saltwater aquarium system, please feel free to contact us for assistance.

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