Creating the Ideal Holding Tank for a Saltwater Aquarium
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Creating the Ideal Holding Tank for a Saltwater Aquarium

The size of a saltwater fish holding tanks will likewise depend on how long the fish will remain in it. The longer the fish are in this temporary housing, the bigger the tank needs to be. Two or more holding tanks may be used, depending on the number marine creatures that need temporary housing.

Overview

Saltwater fish holding tanks provide fish-keeping hobbyists a temporary shelter to keep marine creatures before these are housed in a permanent aquarium display. This container can be used not only to temporarily accommodate fish species but also corals, anemones and invertebrates like crabs, octopuses and jelly fish. Basic aquarium accessories, such as a water filtration system, are also necessary for a holding tank.

The temporary marine accommodation can be made of glass or acrylic, the same material used in saltwater aquarium displays. Being basic in their design, a handyman can easily build a homemade holding tank. For a do-it-yourself (DIY) individual, glass material would be a first option. It is more rigid than acrylic and will not require additional structural support along the top of the holding tank.

Those who are not too handy with tools have the choice in the many water containers made of industrial strength plastic or polyethylene available in most shops. Some aquarists can even cleverly turn an appropriate-sized wine or whiskey barrel, even a kiddie pool, into a temporary fish shelter. Providing the basic aquarium accessories, such as protection from weather changes, and water quality, will be the concerns when opting for these ready-made or improvised basic tanks.

Provisional Shelter

A holding tank is an essential facility to the serious hobbyists in home fish-keeping for several reasons. Most important of all, this tank is needed to set up a quarantine system. Marine aquarium inhabitants with health issues can be treated inside the holding tanks. New fish arrivals also need to be quarantined before they are added to the main display aquarium.

When introducing new fish to a community saltwater aquarium, the new arrivals have to be quarantined from two to three weeks, or more. The practice of expert aquarists is to treat new fish as though they are carriers of parasites, viruses, fungi, or bacterium that can spread to the inhabitants of the display aquarium. Conversely, the fish old-timers may have infections of their own, which they can tolerate but can’t be endured by the fragile newcomers stressed by transportation and shipment. Hence, a quarantine system is a must.

Ideal Options

Several factors will dictate the creation of a holding tank. Foremost of these is the size and density of the fish stock it will house. For a large koi fish, for instance, a tank with a 40-liter capacity will be sufficient. Do-it yourselfers can handily build a tank of such size using either glass or acrylic material. Stock polyethylene tanks of this size and other sizes are also available for sale in many aquarium shops, some of which have online facilities. These containers are also versatile and can be used for other purposes.

The size of a saltwater fish holding tanks will likewise depend on how long the fish will remain in it. The longer the fish are in this temporary housing, the bigger the tank needs to be. Two or more holding tanks may be used, depending on the number marine creatures that need temporary housing.

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