How a Marine Aquarium is Built - a Simple Description​

My goal is to show you the construction of a marine aquarium at its simplest and explain how it works, based on the most popular aquarium model used in marine aquaristics. My idea is that after reading this article you will understand what it is all about. The article is dedicated to people who are thinking about setting up a marine aquarium.

Building a marine aquarium on a base level:

  1. Glass or acrylic aquarium (glass is most common).
  2. Rack or cabinet on which the aquarium stands
  3. Sump – a technical aquarium in which the water is filtered and heated. We keep all technical equipment in this aquarium so that there is as little of it as possible in the main tank.
  4. Overflow into which the aquarium water flows
  5. The overflow piping, through which the water from the overflow gets into the sump. One pipe is the primary overflow and the other pipe is an emergency overflow to prevent the aquarium water from overflowing.
  6. A base pump, which pumps the water back into the aquarium.

With elements 1-6 we will create a so-called water circulation system. These are the basic elements in building a marine aquarium.

To this set we will have to add lighting (8), skimmer (7), circulators (9) and heater (10), thanks to which our basic set of aquarium equipment will be complete.


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Marek Protasewicz

Reefkeeping has been my passion for over 10 years now. I love learning. The hobby has taught me many valuable lessons, patience being the best example.
Combining work and passion is my path. I run Crazy Coral, a marine aquarium shop, for a number of years. Building this business from the scratch I learnt from my own mistakes at a heavy cost.
Later I managed a project aimed at development of methods for quick growth of Corals in non-natural conditions. The project was carried out by Get Sales, Poland.
Presently, I am responsible for distribution strategy at Reef Factory, of which I am a
co-founder. The company produces smart devices for marine aquaristics.
The last projects I have been involved in are Social Reef and ReefPedia.

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