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What Is A Self Sustaining Fish Tank & Why Would You Want A Self Sustaining Fish Tank Ecosystem?
When we talk about self sustaining fish tanks, people often think of closed-tank systems that require minimal set up and allow for little intervention. Yet the fact of the matter is, the healthiest, most successful, easiest-to-care-for saltwater reef aquarium projects are all self sustaining to some degree.
This is the first of what we hope is a series of Featured Tanks from our customers and our own display tanks. To get the ball rolling we are starting with your main store entrance display tank, our very own Evolution Aqua eaReefPro 1800 Mixed Reef Tank.
It’s no surprise that people enjoy keeping fish in a home aquarium, but it may surprise you just how much! Today, up to 13 million households in the UK (which, for reference, has just over 27 million households in it) have at-home aquariums.
A good source of water is an essential base for your home reef aquarium, all the life inside your tank depends on it. In the past, it was acceptable to use tap water in your reef aquarium, but time and analysis has shown that tap water can vary from place to place and may contain unwanted elements for our tanks.
Talk to any modern reefkeeper and very soon the subject of nitrate will arise. The bane of many a reefkeeper over the last thirty years, rising nitrate and ultimately uncontrollable nitrate levels have long been blamed for the browning of corals, and horrible, nuisance algae. But nitrate and its importance to the marine aquarium has now come full circle, and in three, recent back-to-back conversations with accomplished reefkeepers, all three complained that they didn’t have any nitrate, and were actively looking to create some!
Phosphorus is a nutrient, and can be in either organic or inorganic form. Plants, algae and phytoplankton actually require Phosphorus for photosynthesis, and it’s essential to all living things, but if there is too much Phosphorus in the marine aquarium, known more commonly as Phosphate, it will cause nuisance algae.