How to Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium

Want to know how to set up a saltwater aquarium?

These 4 videos are the perfect place to start.

How to Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium:

Video 1 – 5 Simple Steps for Setting Up an Aquarium

The example shown in this video is a very basic, inexpensive example, but the five basic steps it goes through are same for any saltwater aquarium set up.

Video 2 – Setting Up An Aquarium on a Budget

Here you’ll see how one guy set up a really nice reef tank without spending a lot money. It’s a great example of how to set up a saltwater aquarium on a really tight budget.

Video 3 – Bigger and Fancier

Of course, you don’t have to start  out simple and low-cost…

If you want a fully loaded dream tank now rather than starting small and working your way up to one, this next video will give an idea of some of the other equipment that will be involved.

Video 4 – What the Professionals Recommend

If you would like to start small yet have a tank and equipment that can ‘grow’ in complexity and capability as you learn more and more about the hobby, then this video by the guys at Bulk Reef Supply definitely worth watching:

As you can see, there are many paths you can take.

The bigger the tank, the more fish you wish to keep, and the more delicate the corals you’d like to grow, the more time, equipment and money it will cost.

You can go small and stick to a budget

How to set up a saltwater aquarium: start small and stick to a budget...
3 Gallon Pico Reef for under $100

…or splurge on your dream reef tank right from the start.

... go big in size and money.
440 Gallon Dream Tank

In the end, the decision of how to set up a saltwater aquarium depends on which balance of space, time, and money suits you best.


(440G Dream Tank photo compliments of Tappinen (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)