A marine aquarium, of course, is always the same thing. It uses seawater and has various devices in use to maintain the quality of that seawater.
The common view of a marine aquarium is one which displays beautiful colourful fish, and also has a fascinating captive reef installed. This view is quite understandable, as public aquarium establishments more often than not display tropical reef life, and the majority of home marine aquariums are the same.
So what of the native marine aquarium? What is it? The answer is simple – it is the tropical reef aquarium……… well, it is if you live in the tropical Pacific or Atlantic area, or anywhere that reefs are found. If you live in a temperate zone, with warm summers and cold, wet winters, the tropical reef aquarium is not native. In this case it can be likened to a ‘life capsule’ where livestock alien to the area are provided with suitable life sustaining parameters.
So, the [tag-tec]native marine aquarium[/tag-tec] is a reef type in certain areas. What if the aquarist lives in a temperate zone as mentioned above? In this case, the marine aquarium is maintained to suite the species that are available in that area. The seawater will be cold, and instead of heaters it is likely the aquarist will employ an aquarium chiller (cooler) to keep temperatures down. Lighting will be much more subdued than in the tropical version for obvious reasons. Make no mistake, however, the temperate area aquarium is also fascinating, with local anemones, shrimps and fish etc.
I suppose that if a native marine aquarium were to be kept from a very cold area, such as some areas of Antarctica (there are marine species that flourish in these areas) then an iced surface would have to be provided for a period! Joking of course, but that would be a problem, maintaining very low temperatures.
As said, the majority of home aquariums are marine tropical – who can really resist the colour and diversity of life that can be housed in these.