Saltwater Aquarium 101: How to set up a saltwater aquarium
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Saltwater Aquarium 101: How to set up a saltwater aquarium

A guide to setting up and maintaining a thriving saltwater aquarium
4.5 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
334 students enrolled
Created by Albert B. Ulrich
Last updated 6/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create a thriving saltwater aquarium
  • Select the best fish and corals
  • Choose the right equipment
  • Avoid making some of the most common mistakes
  • Save time and money setting up their ideal saltwater aquarium
  • Have greater success keeping saltwater fish and corals
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Requirements
  • There are no required actions before starting this course, although some prior experience with keeping freshwater fish may be helpful
Description

Welcome to Saltwater Aquarium 101

Saltwater Aquarium 101 is a great introduction to the concepts and strategies for starting a saltwater aquarium and is intended for:

  1. Anyone who has not previously set up a saltwater aquarium, or
  2. Anyone who has had some challenges with their saltwater aquarium in the past, or
  3. If you have had success with keeping a freshwater aquarium and you want to know what it takes to convert to saltwater

Who is this not for? This course is not the best option if you are looking to learn the most advanced concepts in reef keeping.

Saltwater Aquarium 101 is a combination of video lectures and downloadable workbook assignments developed to help you apply what you learn and build the habits that will help you achieve success with your tank.

Get your hands wet and get started right away!

Who is the target audience?
  • This Saltwater Aquarium 101 course is intended to be an introduction to the concepts of starting a saltwater aquarium for those who have not previously set up a saltwater aquarium or who have had some challenges with their saltwater aquarium in the past.
  • This course is a great option if you have had success with keeping a freshwater aquarium and you want to know what it takes to convert to saltwater
  • This course is probably not the best option if you are looking to learn more advanced concepts in reef keeping
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 01:57:23
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:46
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Getting started: Creating a plan
2 Lectures 19:59
If you are just starting out, you have a lot of options and can build the saltwater aquarium of your dreams. But it can sometimes be daunting to sort through all of those options. This lecture will serve as your guide through the various options and help you decide what type of saltwater aquarium is right for you. 
Preview 13:09

You don't have to have it all figured out, in the beginning, but having some understanding about which saltwater aquarium animals (corals, fish, crabs, shrimp, clams, etc.) you are interested in keeping does have an impact on the type of equipment you will need. This lecture will help you continue the process of refining your selections, on the way to building a successful reef aquarium.

Preview 06:50
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Equipment
10 Lectures 32:01

This lecture provides a high level overview of the types of equipment commonly used in a reef tank setup. 

Equipment summary
03:15

Aquarium lighting is one of the most important pieces of equipment you will need, if you want to keep corals. Learn about your options in this lecture so you can make the best decision for your own reef tank. 

Aquarium lighting
06:52

Protein skimmers
03:24

Temperature Control
01:56

Water movement
01:33

Reactors
01:46

Measuring salinity
01:21

What is a refugium? This is a popular addition to most reef tanks. Learn all about it in this lecture. 

Refugium
04:47

RO/DI stands for Reverse Osmosis/DeIonization--which is a way to purify the water coming out of your tap, for use with your reef tank. Find out more about this equipment and purification technique and decide if it is necessary for your own reef aquarium.

RO/DI Water Purification
03:02

Aquarium Filtration
04:05
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Water parameters and Testing
2 Lectures 12:13

Keeping your saltwater aquarium water within the proper range for the most important water parameters is one of the most important aspects of the hobby. In this lecture, you will learn what the 9 most important water parameters are and what range you should strive for.

Once you have finished watching the lecture, download the testing worksheet from the Reef Journal to help keep track of the water parameters in your tank. 


Water Parameters and Testing
09:34

Which salt mix should you buy? That is one of the most common questions I get from new saltwater aquarium hobbyists. The goal of this lecture is to help you decide what commercial salt mix is right for you. 

Choosing a salt mix
02:39
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Adding fish and corals
6 Lectures 35:11

Planning out the order of your first saltwater fish is an important step in establishing a successful reef aquarium. Use the downloadable PDF worksheet to plan out the order of you fish.

Planning out the order of your fish
03:20

Now it is time to pick your first saltwater fish. After watching the lecture, download the accompanying PDF from Reef Journal and take it with you to your local fish store to make sure you are purchasing a healthy saltwater fish. 
Fish
07:13

This lecture introduces the concept of a starter fish and will help you pick a great first fish to add to your tank. 

Starter Fish
09:09

This section will teach you why it is important to quarantine your new purchases before adding them to your display tank. Keep track of your quarantine procedures with the downloadable quarantine worksheet from the Reef Journal.

Quarantine
02:11

how to acclimate fish
03:46

Learn about the different types of corals that are commonly kept in a saltwater aquarium and how to care for them. 

Corals
09:32
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Common problems to anticipate
2 Lectures 13:50

How much is this all going to cost? This lecture will show you what you can expect. 

Costs
07:01

When you interact with friends online, you tend to hear the good news--but what about the bad news? This section will give you a head start on some of the most common problems to help you avoid falling into one of the pitfalls that are common when starting up a new saltwater aquarium.

Common problems
06:49
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Course Conclusions
1 Lecture 02:23
Course Conclusions
02:23
About the Instructor
Albert B. Ulrich
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Saltwater Aquarium Enthusiast, Author and Blogger

Albert B. Ulrich III has been an aquarium hobbyist for nearly 30 years. He is the author of the Reef Aquarium Book Series:

--The New Saltwater Aquarium Guide: How to Care for and Keep Marine Fish and Corals

--Reef Journal

--107 Tips for the Marine Reef Aquarium

--How to Frag Corals

He has successfully bred three species of saltwater aquarium fish, has fragged countless numbers of corals and has been published in the hobby magazines Aquarium Fish International and Aquarium USA 15 times.

You can learn more about Albert B. Ulrich III and the saltwater aquarium hobby on Saltwater Aquarium Blog