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Fred Scott

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Hey everyone I wanted to start a discussion, about something that has been on my mind lately – how we can make our saltwater aquariums eco friendly. With all the talk surrounding climate change and environmental concerns I've been thinking about what we, as reef enthusiasts can do to contribute.

I've already made a few changes like switching to LED lights. They consume energy. Don't heat up the tank as much. However I'm curious to know what steps we can take. I know theres been a lot of discussion around fish and coral collection. How can we ensure that the ones we buy are truly sustainable?

Moreover has anyone experimented with DIY algae scrubbers? I've read that they are beneficial for controlling levels and might reduce the need, for water changes. Although I'm unsure if its worth the effort involved.

I would really appreciate hearing your thoughts or any tips you may have. Lets explore ways to make our hobby more environmentally friendly without it being overly expensive or complicated.



 
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Hey everyone I wanted to start a discussion, about something that has been on my mind lately – how we can make our saltwater aquariums eco friendly. With all the talk surrounding climate change and environmental concerns I've been thinking about what we, as reef enthusiasts can do to contribute.

I've already made a few changes like switching to LED lights. They consume energy. Don't heat up the tank as much. However I'm curious to know what steps we can take. I know theres been a lot of discussion around fish and coral collection. How can we ensure that the ones we buy are truly sustainable?

Moreover has anyone experimented with DIY algae scrubbers? I've read that they are beneficial for controlling levels and might reduce the need, for water changes. Although I'm unsure if its worth the effort involved.

I would really appreciate hearing your thoughts or any tips you may have. Lets explore ways to make our hobby more environmentally friendly without it being overly expensive or complicated.

UPD: I read an interesting essay on this topic, if I'm not mistaken the site was called https://www.domyessay.net/ but it's not exact

Hey Fred_Scott

I've been exploring ways to make marine aquariums more eco friendly too. It's crucial to opt for sourced or bred fish and keep an eye out for certification, from the Marine Aquarium Council (MAC) to avoid harmful practices like overfishing or damaging coral reefs.

Speaking of DIY algae scrubbers they can be incredibly helpful in maintaining levels and reducing the need for water changes. This project can actually save water. Cut down on energy costs.

To lower energy consumption consider using energy lighting like LED lights. When it comes to decorations you might want to go for stones or bio stones as an eco alternative to coral that also aids in water filtration.

For temperature control make sure you use heaters and coolers appropriately taking into account the placement of your aquarium to minimize any heat influences.

Select filters that are appropriate for your aquarium size in order to minimize energy usage. And lastly be mindful of how you use and dispose of your aquarium water – you could repurpose it by watering your houseplants during water replacements.

In a nutshell creating a aquarium involves thoughtfully choosing fish species implementing efficient lighting and temperature control methods utilizing natural decorations and plants as well as being conscious, about water use and disposal.
 

Aerona

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Hey everyone I wanted to start a discussion, about something that has been on my mind lately – how we can make our saltwater aquariums eco friendly. With all the talk surrounding climate change and environmental concerns I've been thinking about what we, as reef enthusiasts can do to contribute.

I've already made a few changes like switching to LED lights. They consume energy. Don't heat up the tank as much. However I'm curious to know what steps we can take. I know theres been a lot of discussion around fish and coral collection. How can we ensure that the ones we buy are truly sustainable?

Moreover has anyone experimented with DIY algae scrubbers? I've read that they are beneficial for controlling levels and might reduce the need, for water changes. Although I'm unsure if its worth the effort involved.

I would really appreciate hearing your thoughts or any tips you may have. Lets explore ways to make our hobby more environmentally friendly without it being overly expensive or complicated.



  1. Sustainable Livestock:Choose captive-bred marine species over wild-caught alternatives to reduce the impact on natural populations.
  2. Eco-friendly Substrate:Opt for sustainable substrates like aragonite derived from crushed coral or shells to maintain a natural look while supporting responsible resourcing.
  3. Energy-Efficient Equipment:Use energy-efficient devices such as LED lighting, pumps, and heaters to minimize energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint.
  4. Natural Filtration:Implement natural filtration methods like live plants, macroalgae, and deep sand beds to maintain water quality without heavy reliance on chemical filtration.
  5. Waste Reduction:Minimize waste by avoiding overfeeding, utilizing protein skimmers, and performing regular water changes to prevent nutrient buildup and water pollution.
  6. Responsible Coral Care:Choose sustainably sourced coral or support aquaculture efforts, and practice responsible coral husbandry to ensure the health and longevity of your coral colonies.
  7. Eco-friendly Equipment Choices:Prioritize durable and long-lasting equipment to reduce the need for frequent replacements, contributing to overall waste reduction.
 

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It is definitely not! The plants want the nitrogen, not the salts.
If I remember correctly there were times in history where people would put salt in fields to make sure nothing grows there again or something but yeah I agree with josh it will kill the plants
 

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