Aquavista does not recommend salt water set ups for our aquariums due to the complex water requirements and care that saltwater species typically require. We design our aquariums to be easy to care for and set up. Setting up a salt water aquarium in the Aquavista voids the Manufacturer's Warranty. Please do so at your own discretion and risk.
Realize the responsibility, time and costs involved
Cost is a very serious factor. While Aquavista aquariums are complete aquarium systems with filtration, heating, lighting, etc., additional equipment such as protein skimmers or stronger lighting requirements can start to add up significantly. Saltwater fish are also usually more expensive then their freshwater counterparts.
A salt water aquarium setup can be just like having a dog or a cat when it comes to the amount of effort on your part. In order to have a successfully setup saltwater aquarium you will have to work at it. On a daily basis you will need to feed your saltwater fish and monitor the water parameters (temperature, nitrates, etc) and some of the aquarium equipment on your saltwater setup. Once a week, or at most once every month, you will need to perform some kind of aquarium maintenance on your fish tank. Most of the time you will be performing water changes and water quality testing.
You also need to understand that setting up a saltwater aquarium takes time. It often takes 4 to 8 weeks before you can add any marine fish safely to your marine aquarium setup.
Salt Water is Corrosive
Salt Water can be corrosive to paint and wall paper. If you set up the aquarium as a salt water, the proximity of the aquarium to the wall could lead to damage to your wall and wall paper. If you still want to keep salt water fish in your wall aquarium, the Aquavista 500 is made from ABS plastic and acrylic and more durable for a salt water aquarium set up. The filtration is a wet dry filter that may support a few fish and increase bacteria. While the Panoramic Wall Aquarium is larger, the aquarium is made with anodized aluminum paneling that may not be able to withstand the corrosive nature of salt water set ups. We never recommend a salt water set up for the Panoramic Wall Aquarium. Under no circumstances should the AV100 or AquaClock series be used for salt water.
The Aquavista Wall Aquariums come with compact flourescent lighting that is appropriate for most fish and plant life but not suitable for most live corals.
Sand / Fine Gravel Limitations
Never use crushed corals or fine gravel in our aquariums. They will fall through the grate and clog and damage the filter system.