NEW NANO Saltwater Aquarium | Setting Up My Reef Tank
Aquarium's, take a lot of dedication, and fish should not be thought of as disposable, pets please, don't rely solely on my information, or replicating. My methods or setup if you're considering, starting an aquarium, please consult a professional at an aquatic store and consider, joining online, aquatics. Forums where you can ask questions and, receive help from experienced, hobbyists, hey, what's up creatures, it's and I have decided to, start, a saltwater, aquarium, a. Saltwater. Aquarium. Now, I might, sound a little bit more enthusiastic. If, I wasn't. Absolutely. Terrified. I hope, you enjoy this part 1/2 my aquarium, setup video stay, until the end where I'll be talking to an aquatic specialist. From London's premier aquatic. Shop the Aquatic, Design Center be, sure to hit that subscribe button and, that notification, bell, so you don't miss next week's video which, will be a tank, update, featuring, a very special, guest who you might already know, do you know when people do close-up videos of squeezing, the pores around their nostril. I. Can. Never look at them the same way again enjoy. The video and be sure to get involved, by leaving your top tips or recommendations. For my setup in the comment section below, opinions, and debates are most welcome but, any foul language will be deleted. Today's video is sponsored by runaway. Runaway develop these really, immersive, apps and they're all nature, based I've been playing splash. Splash. Splash is, a stunning. Ocean adventure, game where your mission is to care for an underwater sanctuary. And repopulate, the, reef the, app features, real species, of fish and by raising fish and feeding them the correct foods you, can establish various, species and unlock new rarer, marine creatures, to learn facts about hatch, raised careful, and release. Collect. And position coral to help you collect coins and food and unlock new parts of the reef to increase how many fish you can raise at once I want, to see your. Reef if you're also playing, take, a snap of your reef and send it to me on Twitter, you can also show off your reef by tagging the official, splash, at play, splash game you, might even get a retweet, if you want to join in you can download splash, for free search for splash in your app store to unlock a free underwater. Paradise check, out my description box, below for more details. Little. Bit more enthusiastic, if, I wasn't absolutely. Terrified. Literally. Terrified because I am by no means and, aquatic specialist. Just for my own interest. I want to have a go at keeping, saltwater there are no species that I'm interested in enough, to want to keep at home in a 150, to 200, 250, gallon so, I decided, to go completely, the, opposite way I decided, to go no. No no I know that sounds really cute like oh and, nano, aquarium that. Must be really easy to look after no. No. No. With nano aquariums. And yes, you save on space but, they take a lot of upkeep and buy a lot of upkeep I mean, a lot of upkeep there are definitely, pros and cons to keeping nano aquariums, some of the pros are the setup costs so large, aquariums, such as 250. Gallon aquariums, can start at around $700. For just the tank not, including, the water, testing, kits the live rock the coral, the anonomys the reversals Mo's as well as a salts filtration, pumps and not to mention the, fish themselves, nanos. Will cost you less in space and the initial setup and they'll also be likely to take less time to do water changes for but, there's also the. Cons and it's really important, to consider the cons changes. In a nano tank, will always, be very fast, so, if your water quality isn't right you'll, see the negative, effects, of this very, very quickly ultimately. The decision is yours as to whether to go for a nano, or a large aquarium but take into consideration. More than just the setup and running costs, so, I take things slow I haven't got my aquarium, yet, but, tomorrow, I'm going to be going to a place in New Jersey called absolutely, fish and they usually have display, tanks which are set up and actually for sale so, my plan my. Cunning plan which, which may or may not work out in my favor is actually, to go and buy an established. Aquarium, the thought of moving. Us all water crying from one place to another just, makes me cringe, down to my bones cuz there's so much I can go wrong you know the coral can get cold the fish can get cold so. I, will. See you tomorrow. When. I go and pick up a tank. If. Only I could actually keep car all that beautiful, with. Those eggs oh let, me go see but, I can go and find it in the store, look it's my turtle, okay so I just arrived at absolutely.
Fish Over there and Danny's, out here pacing, because II thought I was gonna get straight out the car. Okay. I'm coming. Who's. Your friend Danny. No, feather. Oh you like that one, that's. Cool I like it why, also it not saying oh my. Goodness. Wow. I'm. Really sorry but I don't have any footage of me actually driving, home from, the fish store because I was, holding onto everything in the back of the car just trying to make sure that everything, and everyone was happy so, here we go this is when we got home and we started to set up the aquarium alright, so we literally, just got home what we're doing right now is they're going to put together some of this living rock living, or live rock is not actually, alive, itself, but it's made from the skeletons, of dead coral, many. Microscopic, organisms. Can be found living on the rock giving it its name live, rock has many benefits in a reef aquarium, not only as a platform, from which to build your reef on but, also because, it can have a stabilizing. Effect on the waters pH this. Water is from the same system, that the acquire at. Home was, being supported, by in the store so this water has already been pre-tested, it's, got perfect salinity. Perfect. PH levels everything was tested we're just going to slowly add it and bring it up to temperature Here I am slowly, adding, the water into, the tank I'm angling, the current to the back of the tank so as not to kick up all the sand and cloud the water too, much as this could upset the coral and the anenome. Here's. The tank one hour after I built up the rock and positioned the coral and an enemy I had, to work quite quickly but I decided to try and replicate where, each of the coral frags was when it was in the store on display, as you can see the water is still cloudy and the coral are not yet completely, relaxed. These. Clownfish, were captive, bred by absolutely, fish and were living in a nursery, reef tank with lots of other clownfish, of a similar, size, initially. I wanted a maroon because, of the color but, I didn't realize how large Maroons, could grow the, store totally, advised me against, the maroon because not only would they be too big for this tank but apparently, they can also be pretty aggressive to their tank mates such as the cleanup crew invertebrates, not. All clownfish, will grow to be the same size so do double check with your accuracy to make sure that the species you like is suitable, for your tank. All. Right creatures, so it's been, about I. Want to say about four hours now since, we set, up a tank maybe, three, hours and as. You can see all of the. Coral. And the. Anenome 's have started, to unfurl a bit more they're settled in just. That little bit more I'm really, surprised, by. This. One down here let me see if I can just focus look, at that beautiful, aquamarine, color, and, I don't even notice it when we put it in but there, it is it's absolutely beautiful, almost, six bioluminescent. And then, we go up here and. I'm, not sure about, this, coral, fragment, right here I think I might, actually move, that one of course there was a little. Bit of upset, you know putting everything around and jostling, and reassembling. So there is some some, mucus and some slime left over, from. Where everything was stinging everything, but. Hopefully, everything's gonna settle down. And. Of course you guys would have seen these. Beautiful. Fish over here my clownfish. Now with these clownfish. I just wanted to make it absolutely. Positive. And, say that these two actually captive. Bred. I don't, know if you are aware but when it comes to a lot of marine life especially, fish.
Corals. As well come to think of it a lot, are actually collected, from the wild but recently. In recent years. Captive. Breeding efforts, of clownfish. Have been just incredible, and there have been some beautiful. Morphs created. I personally. I'm a massive, fan of just, the traditional. Classic. Clownfish. As we can see over here but. These ones are captive bred and they are captive bred by a place that we actually got, the tank from which, is a place in New Jersey called, absolutely. Fish and honestly. Just I'm so impressed with their standards, in there I had zero guilt, bringing these to home I thought they were absolutely, wonderful, along. With getting the clownfish, and obviously the aquarium setup I got a couple of other things to help out with this tank and number, one probably one of the most important, things a really, important thing to have is a good hydrometer, because this is what's going to measure the salinity of the water on hydrometer. Gauges you'll see this little darker, area to the side here this is where you want the salinity gauge to point to when you measure your tank salinity, because, the average ocean, salinity is 35, parts per thousand, so, very very important, we've got that over here on hand with, a saltwater aquarium your, water is constantly, evaporating. Just poof gone into thin air. So. You're going to want to measure your salinity, levels every single day especially, if you have a nano tank because nano tanks are going to have really. Horrible side, effects if you allow, too much water to evaporate, and you're left with a very high salinity, level, so I'm using the hydrometer, here just to measure the salinity level, it is bang-on 35. It's maybe slightly more towards 36 parts per thousand, so we're around, about where we need to be given that it should be at around 35, parts per thousand. Obviously. This is the next day so some, water has evaporated so. With a tank which has salt water you're going to want to set up external. Buckets where you can actually mix. Saltwater we actually use reverse osmosis water at home which we get from, absolutely. Fish so, that's, a lot, of fun right there but, just remember to keep on top or looking at your hydrometer because, you would be astounded. How quickly your water is going to evaporate and, leave lots of salt behind the other thing that I brought home with me is this two-step.
Excuse. Me calcium, buffer system, a good calcium, buffer system is essential. To balance your calcium and your alkalinity levels coral. Are constantly, extracting. Calcium, from the water to build their exoskeletons. So maintaining. The correct level of calcium and alkalinity is, key, there, are lots of calcium buffer, systems on the market so make sure to always read the instructions, for the correct, dosages, because, they will definitely differ, from product to product this, salt came highly recommended. Danny please. Don't. Show that kind of stuff on my channel baby, and, then I actually got some of this Pro, Reef sea salt, now not, all salts, are the same when you go to a pet store or to an aquatic store, here. At home we actually do have a mudskipper. Who uses a different kind of salt, because he's in brackish water but, this sea salt has lots of trace elements, of you know calcium, and lots of other things that you'd find actually in the sea and that's really important, because I'm, obviously in here we have lots of coral own and a maze and with coral they do require calcium. To grow because otherwise they're literally just in water. With nothing else but remember coral does grow, and they, need to have their own nutrients, their own food and that's something that you can actually find in this, the tropic marine and this is what came highly recommended by, the actual, guys in the aquatic store as far as food for the clownfish go I am happy to feed them a pallet food as well as giving them some live food every now and then oh look at them what's, that did you just fight over there that was a lot of fun and, I actually picked up some. Food at the aquatic store which I thought you know it has a clownfish, on the front obviously it's great for the clownfish and then the guy at, the checkout here is like excuse me. Listen. You don't want to feed that to your clownfish because although this clownfish on the front it sucks so he, basically pointed, out this to me which. Is let, me see where is it is the Saki Hikari. Marine. Carnivore. Diet a unique blended probiotics, enhanced, formulation, a superior. Taste readily, accepted by most marine species a rapidly, assimilated, nutrient. Mix and it's a sinking type oh now. I'm not gonna pretend to know anything about this because I have never, heard about it in my life but the guys in the store I do absolutely, trust them and they did say that this was absolutely wonderful, they actually get it shipped over from Japan I'm, gonna see how they go with this it, looks like a promising I mean hey just from a packaging, point of view is gorgeous and I approve of it hopefully the fish will approve of it and they'll be nice and healthy because of it and have you guys ever used this brand before let me know in the comment section down below if you have and your thoughts about it or if you feed your clownfish.
Any Other food that really works please, let me know I would love to know and try them on as many different foods as possible to see what they really like and what they can flourish on along, with the coral, anenome live, rock and fish this, tank also came with its own cleanup. Crew, this is anus aureus snail that dose islands spend most of their time borrowed, in the sand as soon, as they smell food they rise up out of the reef bed like zombies, and zoom around at quite a fast pace around the tank to find the food source as per. My usual crazy, life I've pre-filmed. My tank in America, but I'm currently in London whilst, I'm here I thought I'd ask one of the experts, at the aquatic design Center some questions, which could be useful for you if you're considering, keeping fish. Fresh, water lifes don't manage up so I'm here running, the shop general fish peeping basically, 25. Years, maybe, more I've got a couple of questions to ask you are you happy for me to ask you those questions. What. Are some of the first considerations, when, deciding whether or not to dive into the world of fish keeping, first considerations, are whether or not you're, really that interested, and just be aware of the costs and what have you look at that look not for an animal doesn't, have to be a full-time job but, it's going to take up a fair amount of time actually. What. Are some of the most common, pitfalls, you see new out queerest falling, into rushing. Rushing. Being, too quick fish, peeping is a very slow. Hobby. Put. It that way in a Monstar busy life seized a riveting, go. Fish. Peeping is one thing you can just sit back relax. Okay. The slower you go the fish peeping the, better you'll be, generally. Speaking anything good in fish keeping takes time anything, bad is going to happen so. Just take, the time to enjoy it don't, rush it it was people who rush it always end up doing, it. For, example applying a tank that we've been working for fish in it and. That's always oh no no most of us will generally take four five routes to produce. Perhaps you able to be introduced to it and. You'll spend the next few weeks then stopping the aquarium, and. In that time it's a good time to pick. Up a book with online and find fun, - a little bit research you. Know what's the take to the fury of the second article which, freshwater, fish would you recommend for a first-time, fish keeper, so neon tetras, countries. And classes that sort of thing. Various, small barbs and gouramis, and they're a sport there's so many to choose from there is quite a trend for small or nano saltwater, tanks, right now what, are some of the difficulties, in keeping a nano saltwater, tank, definitive, environment, the, biggest, thing with a small precinct the oceans are huge they're fast and. They're very clean and when the tropical oceans are extremely, clean the animals and organisms have, come from there I use, these very very clean stable, environments, a, small, aquarium in. Terms of its. Water quality is, very unstable you, get a lot of fluctuations, evaporation. Of course will. Increase, in salinity so your salinity, is always, bouncing. Up and down your, organic levels will build up almost straightaway, and a smaller body. In a larger tank people more pollution so, things change slower the, organisms, can adapt quicker, or, adapter. And relationally place like and. Of. Course you've got time to compensate. For these little changes goldfish. And better seemed to be some of the most popular, choices of fish how long can a well cared for goldfish, live and how long can a well cared better fish live for it's debatable. Goldfish. As, far as I know the obvious one record was 43, I would, expect anywhere between 15, and 25, years to be pretty, decent, sad. Truth is most of which doesn't it must be old 10 years in captivity and. The very unlucky ones those. Are still missing bowls or stuff like that in. Dokdo be noticed apiece, which is really sad considering, it, could be a pet for life if. You do it right, Siamese fighting fish on the other hands, are relatively. Short-lived animal. Somewhere. Between a year a half maybe three or four years if you get a very good one in Sicilian. Don't. Forget also being in the wild so fighting the fish, sink, or dying animals, they can picked up very quickly. They. Can't fend for themselves they're eaten they're taken care of and, somehow. This this, this. Sort. Of quiet life is were so ingrained in some captive animals and it is against our some point as their time to go and they just.
Is, Confidence. As someone, who works in a specialist, aquatic, shop what, message would you like to send to people who may be considering, an aquarium. Think. Right. Just whatever, animal, you people whether fish or wraps any piece think. Until. The research about it okay it doesn't take long it's, not hard work just to keep up a book or, even go online or chat some people just try and figure out what, it is you're trying to do so I've been playing this app called slash I, want to get your opinion, to. Someone, professional. In. The world of fishkeeping as to what you think of. My aquarium, and how how it's looking is actually a reef right. Very. Nice yeah. I, wouldn't, trust a cuttlefish no, no, no no don't trust the cuttlefish suppose, well in real life there there are predatory quit so they'll don't show anything it's. So great looking very pretty and they're all hungry you see they're all hanging out by the food I, have the barber pole goby, yeah and I. Also have, the watchman goby, they're nice fish, yeah and, who. Else do I have in here I've had pasta, fly fishing yeah I, mean if you're completely nerdy. About fishing you can't get away from them they miss you what do you rate my reef out of 1000, I'll. Be calling you. Oh thank. You I'm, sure splash is gonna be happy to hear that too right pretty very thank you so much to Tony and the whole team at the Aquatic Design, Center in London for answering my questions about fish keeping, you, can find out more about the Aquatic Design Center and how to visit, in my description box and see, more of their incredible collection, in my upcoming vlog, so subscribe, to my vlogging Channel so. Far so good with, my tank in this week's video but next week things get a little, challenging. I'll be conducting, a routine water, test, in my aquarium update, video to show you how I test for the pH and ammonia and I'll be talking about some of the difficulties, I've encountered so far I'll also be talking to the amazing, Jenny from solid-gold aquatics, about fish keeping so be sure to subscribe and, hit that notification bell so as not to miss that upload. This. Video go and check out their beautiful app down below in my description box, show them some love over on Twitter over here and I will see you guys in another video, soon bye.