Salt Water Aquarium Filters
How to Choose the Right Aquarium Filtration System, Media & Setup

Many people avoid running salt water aquarium filters because they feel they are too complicated to operate.

salt-water-aquarium-filtersFor those new to these types of fish tanks, the decision as to which type of filters to use is often what stops them in their tracks. This makes sense as there are a variety of filters to choose from and getting this part of the set up right is critical.

The good news is fish lovers now have a huge database of information available on the internet to help them out as they go about selecting the proper salt water aquarium filters.

Choosing the Right Salt Water Filters System

salt-water-filtrationThere is no one single answer to how to set up your filtering system. Variables, such as type of fish, type of water, and budget, must be addressed, one-by-one, until you get to a short list of options.

As mentioned above, there is a lot of solid information on the net to help new owners move through this process in a logical manner. Following this process is the only way to ensure that you will be installing the right components for your individual needs.

Part of this decision process involves knowing, or at least having a good idea, of what you want in your tank. You can choose from fish only systems, fish and live rock, or reef tank to name a few of your options.

For new aquarists, a simple system is often the best way to get started and the most economical. Components can always be added on later as you gain more experience. With this in mind, get the salt water fish tank filter that meets your current needs for the type of tank you want to create.

Aquarium Salt Water Filtration Location and Lighting


300 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium Filter Test Video Demo

Another issue that needs to be addressed before you do anything is where to put the new aquarium. This may sound like simple common sense, but remember moving a completed tank is both time-consuming and expensive.

Depending on the type of tank you plan to have (recall fish only, fish and live rock, or reef) you will want to either keep in a place that offers natural light or not, depending on the need or lack of need for direct sunlight.

Many of those who have a salt water filter tank want to add lighting systems to the tank. This is fairly easy to do but be careful when buying your lights and installing them as this type of work can be dangerous is not properly preformed.

Your new salt water aquarium filter tank will also need to be close to a power source in order to run the lights and filtering components.

Sea Salt Water Systems

As you learn the answers to the above issues you will come to a point where you have to choose the type of sea salt mix that best fits your needs. The best way to do this, especially for beginners, is to visit any of the forums talking about how to filter salt water online and ask those who know from experience what they recommend. You can find several lists online that describe the various mixes in detail.

Easy Way to Buy Salt Water Aquarium Filters and Tanks

For those who do not have the time or confidence to work through all of these issues on their own, purchasing salt water aquarium packages can be an excellent option.

These units come complete with everything you need to get started. They are available for a variety of purposes (fish only, fish and live rock, reef) and are both easy to install and very affordable. These kits can put your tank in action in no time flat, all you have to buy are the fish and fish food!

Why not look into salt water aquarium filter tanks today? Once you get started, you may find yourself a life-long aquarist.

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Updated December 3, 2010