Looking at the beautiful marine ecosystem and I went "WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH". It's amazing. Rearing a fish as a hobby is good, but having an ecosystem of marine animals in the aquarium is FANTASTIC!
So me and XerOZ went to gather all the necessary items to start up our "Saltwater Aquarium Project". Items needed:-
- A fish tank / aquarium - we got ourself the smallest aquarium possible
because we have a really, really small house that fit dwarves.My aquarium is a 24L tank.
- Filters - we have two sets of filters, top & internal filters.
- Lighting setup - Like every house need to be well lit, aquarium needs light too!
- Live Rock - It's an ocean rock that functions as a biological nitrification base which is important to maintain the ecosystem.
- Salt water - Chemical salt is dissolved in water to create the perfect medium of life for the saltwater fishes and coral. Also, a specific salinity should be achieve and maintained
- Test kits - Gosh, it's like doing urine test to the aquarium everyday for a week! Well, not urine practically, but various tests has to be conducted, analyzed and learn along the way. kH, salinity, nitrate, and nitrite test have to be done to check on the water suitability. Also, not to forget temperature between 24-26 deg Celcius. Bacteria culture is also added in the water for the nitrogen cycle.
- Fish & Corals!
The basic varieties of saltwater fish can be found here, clown fishes (nemo), tangs, Dory, starfish, sea urchins, coral and anemone can be found here. Price ranging from RM5 to few thousands. XeRoZ gave me the honor of choosing two fishes for our aquarium. One fish that gave me a hell of a good impression was this
But looking at it caged separately from other fishes means that this clown fish is highly dominant and territorial. With my cute, small aquarium, I do not want to put in aggressive fishes inside. Hence, I waved goodbye to the maroon clown fish an chose orange clown fish instead.
I was suppose to choose two fish for the aquarium but I chose three. I made up some crap like I read it somewhere that fishes should be reared in ODD NUMBERS for good luck...hahah..XeROZ seems to believe in me so yupz, we packed home three cute little fishes!