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Part Two of “The Easiest Way to Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium”

Aquarium Establishment: Live Rocks

Aquariums can be stunning on their own, especially if they are big enough to give the observer the impression that they are being transported to an underwater world. An aquarium that is as near to the natural habitat of its residents as possible is a delight in and of itself since for many people the inside of a clear glass aquarium is as close as they will ever come to the wonders of the world under the ocean’s surface.

Live rocks or boulders covered in both micro-and macroorganisms that aid in the digestion of fish waste, is an essential component of any natural ecosystem. It seems to reason that they would play a significant role in an aquarium setting. But it’s not as easy as throwing a rock in an aquarium and watching all kinds of stuff bloom on it. To achieve the most benefits for the big aquarium and the live rock, a specific procedure must be followed.

Before putting a live rock in the aquarium, it is quite easy to cure it, but this is a crucial step that must be completed to avoid a buildup of ammonia in the tank that could harm the fish. Choose a plastic container that is the right size to accommodate the quantity of live rock you are working with, then fill it with salt water to cure it. The “tank” should then have a heater and a water pump installed for ideal circulation and temperature. Remove the heater, pump, and half of the water from the water once it has achieved the required temperature. Next, preclean the rock in a bucket of saltwater by swishing it around to get rid of any loose organisms and debris, and then place it in the prepared water. Reinstall the heater and pump after that, and let nature take its course!

The procedure is complete when the rock’s ammonia reading in the water is zero and the rock is no longer emitting an unpleasant odor. It is safe to put the rock in your aquarium at this time and let Mother Nature’s ideal filtering mechanism do its job for you.

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