When putting together a saltwater system, our favorite strategy for success is to mimic nature such that the aquarium is as close to self-sustaining as possible. Investing in the correct equipment will help ensure your animals stay healthy which in the long run will save you money and make keeping an aquarium a more enjoyable experience.

Essential Components

  • Tank.  Goes without saying
  • Specific gravity/salt meter, salt, and pure water (reverse osmosis de-ionized water)
  • Lighting not only makes your tank look better, it is essential to keeping the tank healthy
  • Heater to control the temperature
  • Filtration for breaking down waste particles.  This a complex topic
  • Testing supplies (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, and KH to start)

Recommended Components:

More Technical Equipment (not essential but minimizes maintenance)