What Equipment is Needed

Now that we are comfortable with the basic factors of a saltwater aquarium, let's look into what is needed to run a successful tank.

The components needed to run a successful saltwater tank depends a lot on who you talk to. You should never operate solely under the advice of one person. For example, many people advocate using under gravel filters for biological filtration. This however, must be tempered with wisdom. A saltwater tank running an under gravel filter (UGF) with minimal circulation will be much more work than a than a system running a wet/dry filter and a couple of power heads. Wet/Dry filters tend to require less maintenance, as UGF's tend to become clogged over time.

Not to get too buried in details, the basic components of a saltwater tank are:

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