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Whenever you’re at the local fish store do you often find yourself heading into the saltwater area to look over the brightly colored saltwater fish?

There’s something about saltwater fish with their sun kissed yellow fins and stealth like bodies that draws you in.

Have you avoided keeping a saltwater tank because you think it’s too difficult to maintain? Or, that it might be too expensive?

If that’s you, you’re in luck.

Finally: The Truth About Saltwater AquariumsFrom Visually.

I’ll be posting a short 3 part guide by Mark Callahan (aka Mr. Saltwater) who will walk you through setting up, cycling and maintaining a Fluval Sea EVO Saltwater Aquarium.

Mark does a great job taking the confusion out of the process and helps you avoid some of the biggest mistakes people make when setting up a saltwater aquarium.

In Part 1: Mark will show you the best way to set up a saltwater tank so you’ll succeed and have an enjoyable saltwater aquarium you can be proud of.

You’ll learn the differnce between live sand and dry sand substrate and which one you should use.

In Part 2: of the guide you will walk through the cycling process and learn how using different types of rock and nitrifying bacteria can help speed up the process, so you can add fish faster.

In Part 3: of this guide you’ll learn the best way to maintain and care for your saltwater aquarium once it’s up an running, taking the hastle and frustration out of the hobby.

Are you ready?

Part 1 – How To Set Up A Saltwater Aquarium

Before you start here are a few points you should consider before starting a saltwater tank;

  • It’s a big responsibility.
  • The fish depend on you to survive.
  • Set the tank up correctly for your specific species of fish.
  • Get educated and learn (By watching these videos)

After each video I will list all the steps Mark covers in the video, along with the time that they appear in the video (If you want to skip forward)

However I suggest you watch the entire video to get the most out of this series.

Watch: How To Set Up A Saltwater Aquarium Using The Fluval Sea EVO Aquarium

Your First Saltwater Aquarium

In the video Mark is using the Fluval Sea EVO Aquarium which is a great size for the first time fish keeper and comes with pretty much everything you need to set up and get going with your first saltwater tank.

Plus, you can buy it and follow along with the videos, so you know it will turn out just the way you like.

What you need to know when setting up a saltwater aquarium:

  1. Find a location for your tank @1:10
    • Avoid direct sunlight @2:01
    • Close to Power @2:22
  2. Water preparation @3:20
  3. Sand (Live sand or dry sand)@ 3:55
  4. Rock (Live or Dry) @4:16
  5. Nitrifying bacteria to tank @4:37

Setting up a saltwater aquarium step-by-step

  1. Place your substrate @5:13
  2. Arrange Rocks @5:20
  3. Set Up equipment @6:40
  4. Add water @8:26
    • How to make your own saltwater @8:42
  5. Things to look for @10:05

That’s it, now it’s time to add your fish, right?


First you need to cycle your aquarium which will be covered in the next post, click here to watch.