There are no set rules on what types of items can or cannot be used when it comes to aquascaping a saltwater aquarium. However, it is important to make sure that whatever you put into the system is saltwater friendly and safe, keeping these buying points in mind:
- Only properly cleaned or sterilized items, whether natural or man-made should be used.
- Items should not be constructed of or contain hazardous materials or elements that may leach out into the aquarium water.
- Make sure that items have not been treated with any type of preservatives or protective coatings.
- Unless stated by the manufacturer to be saltwater compatible, items that are made of metal or that may have metal parts on or inside them should not be used.
- If any item you are considering buying is questionable, don't buy it!
That said, here is a list of standard items used to aquascape an aquarium with, as well as some other optional or personal preference items one can choose to add.
The best kind of media for a saltwater system is one that is naturally high in calcium content that originates from the ocean, but there are other things to consider before you buy a particular "type" and "consistency" of substrate as well.
- Choosing the Right Substrate: Factors to Consider When Buying
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