Using Saltwater Live Rock in Saltwater Fish Tanks
Aquariums are a type of fish hobby that many people enjoy. From children to adults, keeping fish as pets can be a rewarding experience. Those who enjoy saltwater fish in particular must meet the strict requirements in which saltwater fish will thrive in. For instance, the amount of salinity will vary between fish, as well the vegetation required. Clownfish will want an Anemone in the tank, as the two animals are symbiotic creatures in the wild. Other saltwater fish will want rocks or coral in the tank. For picky fish, a saltwater live rock can be a great addition to the tank.
Technically, this saltwater rock is not alive. The rock itself can be thought of as a shell. Upon this shell, many microscopic creatures live and contribute to the health of the tank. A saltwater live rock will contribute to the health of the tank by serving as a base for nitrogen. Nitrogen is an element that is commonly a waste product in higher organisms. Few animals and plants can use nitrogen at all, as such many bacteria will use this nitrogen and convert it to either a usable form for continuous use by fish and plants or will convert it to an inert waste product.
Live Rocks will also contribute to the health of an aquarium in other ways. The large surface area will support a number of animals and bacteria upon it, such as marine worms, sea bacteria, various algae, and in some instances small crustaceans. By increasing the biodiversity of a tank, the rock will better help the fish adapt to their new habitat, as it would be similar to their natural habitat. Also, depending on the size of the rock, it can provide a hiding place for shy fish and larger crustacean species. The better that tank mimics the original habitat, the happier the fish will be.
Saltwater Live Rocks can be a great way to increase the attractiveness and health of a tank. As a base for nitrogenous exchange, it will help maintain the nitrogen cycle, while also increasing the biodiversity of the tank.