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How to Mix Saltwater for Reef Tank?

Posted on July 26, 2018 in Aquatic Fish

The great thing about having a saltwater reef tank is how beautiful the tank is always looking. The fish that you can insert into the saltwater is great and this is fish that will make your reef tank super special.

How to mix salt water for a reef tank?

However, the problem that most people have with saltwater reef tanks, is the fact that you need to mix the saltwater correctly. This is the only way that your reef and fish will survive.

If you are adding too much saltwater or not enough saltwater, you are going to have a problem. Here is some information about mixing saltwater for your reef tank.

Choose the right ingredients

Before you can start mixing your saltwater, you need to make sure that you choose the right ingredients. The first thing that you need to have is the salt.

The one thing that so many people are doing wrong, and causing the fish and reef to die, is that they are using normal table salt. This is not the right salt that you should use. It should be designed with sea salt that you can purchase at aquarium stores.

Don’t purchase the sea salt that you can find in the supermarkets. This isn’t the right salt for your reef tank. You can ask a professional if you are struggling to get the right sea salt.

Your water source and things you need to do before adding the saltwater

When it comes to the water that you are going to use for mixing the seawater, you need to make sure that you are using the right type of water. There are many people that have used their tap water for this process, but this isn’t really recommended.

You don’t know what chemicals you are adding to the aquarium when you are using normal tap water. It is always better to purchase deionized water. Then, you will know for sure that you have the right water source for mixing your saltwater.

Adding the salt to the water

If you are making a fresh batch of saltwater for your reef tank, then you should just mix the salt to the water. However, if you are going to add the saltwater for the first time to the tank, there are a couple of things that you need to do.

First of all, you need to make sure that the water is at the right temperature. And, you should not have any fish that needs to go into the tank. When the water has reached the right temperature, you can start adding the salt. On the package, there will be some information about the amount of salt that you should add in the right amount of water. Don’t just add salt to the water, until you think that there is enough saltwater. You need to know exactly the amount of salt that you should add to the amount of water in the tank. There is normally some information on the back of the sea salt holder to tell you exactly the right amount of salt that you need to have in the water.

Let the saltwater set for the night before adding fish to it

It is important to make sure that the saltwater is setting for the night. The saltwater needs to settle before you can add it to the fish tank and before you can add the fish to the tank. This is one of the reasons why you should not purchase the fish and the reef before you don’t have the saltwater in the tank correctly.

If you are just adding fish and reef to the tank, there might have some spots in the tank that doesn’t have salt and places where there might be too many salts. This is the main reason why you should make sure that you rest the water for at least 24 hours. This doesn’t change if you are just adding new saltwater to the tank. It should still be sitting overnight to settle. There are too many people that are lost expensive fish and reef, just because they didn’t use the right method for settling the saltwater before you can add any living things into the tank.

There is nothing better and more beautiful than having a reef tank. However, there are many things that you should know and consider with a reef tank. One of these things is how you should mix your saltwater. If you don’t mix the saltwater correctly, using the right type of water and salt, then you might not have any surviving fish. This is one of the fish tanks that are the hardest to maintain, with mixing the saltwater and making sure that the water mixture is correct. However, for most people, this is worth all the hard work, once they know how to mix the saltwater of a reef tank correctly.

How to Build a Filter for a Turtle Tank?

Posted on July 19, 2018 in Aquatic Terrariums

How to build a filter for a turtle tank?

When it comes to building a turtle tank, there is one thing that you really need to have. The right filter.

However, the one thing that you need to know is that when you are buying a turtle filter, you are going to pay a high price for it. These filters are expensive. This is why so many people are looking for a way to make their own turtle tank filter. This is so that you can save some money. It is important that you are inserting the right filter, and this is why many people are considering making their own.

Here are a couple of ways on how you can build your own filter for a turtle tank.

How to build a filter for a turtle tank?

Why does a turtle tank need a filter?

The first thing that you might want to know is why do you really need to have a filter in your turtle tank. There aren’t lots of water in the tank like with an aquarium. This is also one of the biggest mistakes people are making when they have a turtle tank. They don’t install one for themselves.

However, anything that is living in a tank, should have some sort of filter. This is so that you can know for sure that the tank is clean and that they have fresh water and clean air. Without a filter, the plants, and the water will not be clean. Letting you have a sick turtle.

Can you use just any fish tank filter?

Now, you know that you need to have a filter. But, what type of filter do you need? Can you just go to the first and best store and buy a normal aquarium filter? The answer is no. You can’t just go and purchase the first and best filter for your turtle tank. You need to have a specific filter that is designed for turtles. Making sure that you can use the filter in just a small amount of water.

This is why so many people are looking to make their own filter for their turtle tanks.

Building your own filter: the harder filter to make

There are two different ways that you can build your own filter. The first one is the difficult method where you need a couple of things and a few steps to make your own turtle tank filter. You will find much information about this process on the internet. The basic things that you will need to make this type of filter is:

  • Igloo Thermos with Cap, about 11” tall, with a hole drilled on the bottom side for the adapter
  • Submersible Pump for the size of your tank
  • Activated normal carbon pellets
  • Plastic ring to fit inside of canister to hold medium in place
  • Regular filter sponge
  • Sealant
  • Gravel & Clay that you can purchase at any pet store
  • Ceramic tubes
  • Inflow tube, punctured many times

With using all these things, you will be able to create a great filter that will work for your turtle tank.

Building your own filter: the easy method

Then, there is the easy way to make your own filter. The great thing about this method is that you don’t need to have a lot of things, and everything that you will need is cheap and easy to find. This is a great project for those that are trying to save as much money as possible with the setup of their turtle tanks. Again, the method can be found online, at a variety of different sites.  The ingredients that you will need are:

  • Plastic water bottle, 2 liters, square if you are able
  • A small amount of airline tubing
  • Soldering iron from the hardware store
  • Aquarium safe silicone that doesn’t need to be expensive
  • A sharp X-Acto knife

Turtle tank filters. Something that you need to have in your tank, but you can’t just purchase any filter. You need to buy a filter that is designed for a turtle tank. But, these tanks are expensive. If you are going to look at how you can make your own filter, you will see that there are two methods. The easy method that isn’t expensive, and the hard method that is quite expensive. The choice which one to use will depend on you and your DIY skills.

SIMPLE DIY Turtle Filter Build for $25! Video Guide

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