Native marine aquaria are pretty scarce. Little information exists on how to be successful in maintaining healthy coldwater marine systems in domestic aquaria.

Hopefully this record of my failures, triumphs and ideas will assist others interested in keeping some of our fascinating, beautiful and often little known sea denizens in aquariums.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Getting Started

I'll list my basic kit 1st and try to explain further on subsequent posts

Aquarium - 10mm glass tank 3' x 2' x 2' holding approx 50 gallons

Lighting - 4 no. 30" T8's (2 actinic and 2 marine white) and 2 no. 34" T5's (1 white and 1 actinic) in a purpose-built tight-fitting timber hinged lid with reflectors.

Chilling - Cornelius beer chiller with 2 outlets from Ebay (£50) with New-Jet 1700 pump pushing 1700 litres/hour through coils

Circulation - 2 no. Marea Propeller magnet mounted pumps at 5800 litres/hour each

Skimmer - Skimmer Beast 400P skimming 1100 litres/hour

Filtration - Eheim Professional 3e canister filter pushing 1500 litres/hour

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