FAQs

Aquarium SetUp FAQ

Q) Is it very troublesome to set up a marine tank?
A) It is as easy as ABC. Just put in water, add marine salt and then monitor the salt level.

Q) Do you need expensive equipment to maintain the tank?
A) No. We would recommend at least a power head with another external filter for a minimum set-up. Or you can DIY your own equipments.

Q) Do you need to check the water everyday?
A) No. You only need to check the NO2/NO3 level once in every 2 weeks with an NO2/NO3 test kit.

Q) What is NO2? What should I do once high level of NO2 is discovered?
A) It is ammonia released by decaying fish/ waste. You can either add some bacteria to counter the increase in NO2/NO3 or change water partially. Try reading up Fish N Friends’ Articles for more information.

Q) How often do I need to wash the tank?
A) Not necessary to wash the tank, just wash the equipments that you are using.

Q) What kind of maintenance is needed for saltwater tank?
A) Top up with freshwater weekly to the original level as water has been lost due to evaporation. Immediately remove any dead fish or plant. Clean the filters at least once a month or when necessary.

Q) Why is saltwater fish generally more expensive than freshwater fish?
A) It is not easy to breed in captivity and must be imported from other countries.

Some Friendly Fish Facts:

Aquarium Tank:
• Size: the larger the tank the easier it is to maintain. 2Ft tank is recommended for beginners in this new hobby because of cost factors.
• Location: tank should not be exposed to direct sunlight because of unwanted algae and may affect water temperature.

Lighting:
• T5 Fluorescent: light shows off fish and LPS corals, very economical and provides good illumination.
• MHL expensive but necessary when keeping corals, highlights certain spectrum of light to intensify the colours and to aid the photosynthesis process from the zooxanthellae algae living in the corals.

Treatments:
• Marine fish sometimes do fall sick. Most
common cure is the copper based medication for basic infections like Ick, velvet, and parasites
but some medicines may kill all the beneficial bacteria that have built up.
• Copper based medication will kill your corals.
• Add liquid bacteria weekly for maintenance to also reduce ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates.

Sickness Types:
• Ick: white spots, which may cover entire body, fish may rub or scratch against bottom.
• Velvet: tiny white spots, clamped fins, loss of colour, rubbing or scratching against bottom.
• Parasites: extra mucus, visible worms, rapid breathing, flashing and rubbing on rocks.

Be Happy:
• Keeping friendly fish and corals is fun… with some experience, it can be a truly rewarding hobby!
• Because it is COOL!!