size of the tank, then a sump-style or wet/
dry filtration system will be needed.
A common size utilized by many marine
fishkeepers is a standard 180-gallon setup,
which typically measures 72 x 24 x 24
inches and can be constructed of either
glass or acrylic. In my opinion, glass is
better. In most cases, such a tank will have
two overflows that will deliver water to a
sump situated under the aquarium.
The sump is an important piece of
equipment that one should not skimp out
on. Buy a large sump so you can place a
large protein skimmer in it. For marine
fish-only tanks (and reef systems as well),
a skimmer is arguably the single most
important piece of equipment you will
need to be a successful hobbyist.
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A Quick Checklist
of Essential Equipment
1. Aquarium with overflows
2. Sturdy base
3. Canopy with basic lighting
4. Large sump
5. Efficient protein skimmer with pump
6. Strong water pump(s)
Blue hamlet Hypoplectrus gemma; one way to handle the massive wastes of carnivorous fishes,
even a relatively small one like this, is to use a sump attached to the aquarium and a water pump
to return the water from the sump. A heavy-duty skimmer can run in the sump.
Easy Marine Setup
Due to space constraints here, it’s perhaps
easier to just give a quick once-over for
what I have had success using as a basic and
easy-to-set-up system for marine predators
in the past.
The first and foremost thing to achieve
when keeping marine predators, or aspiring
to keep them, is to obtain the largest
aquarium you can afford and fit into the
space set aside for the task at hand.
All you need is a basic aquarium, preferably
with an overflow system already in place, a
sturdy base to set the tank on, a sturdy and
efficient canopy, and a set of basic twin-tube
lighting fixtures. In most cases single-tube
fixtures are fine, too. If your tank has an
overflow, or two overflows depending on the