Congrats on welcoming home aquatic life

The Petco Saltwater Aquarium Guide

We’ll help you navigate the exciting journey into pet parenthood with helpful tips, expert guidance and shopping recommendations for all your milestones together.

1. Choosing the right Aquarium

After adding water, substrate and décor, set the heater and wait 24–48 hours before introducing fish to ensure the temperature is stable, water is clear and salinity is in the proper range.

1. Choosing the right Aquarium

After adding water, substrate and décor, set the heater and wait 24–48 hours before introducing fish to ensure the temperature is stable, water is clear and salinity is in the proper range.

Aquariums

Aquariums

Having the right-sized habitat helps keep them healthy and relaxed while preventing aggression and stress.

Lighting & Hoods

Lighting & Hoods

Enhance the colors of your aquatic life while helping live plants grow with a variety of options that match any habitat.

Aquarium Kits

Aquarium Kits

A cost-effective way to bundle a range of essentials that help you set up their home.

2. SETTING UP YOUR saltwater aquarium

Bring home essentials to help them feel safe and comfortable while supporting their natural instincts.

Live Sand & Substrates

Marine substrate provides a surface for beneficial bacteria and gives substrate-dwelling invertebrates and crustaceans a home to call their own.

Décor

Add personal touches to their home while also providing territorial boundaries and hideaway places for when they need to rest or de-stress.

Live Rock

Live rock is a platform for coral and invertebrates and creates a surface for beneficial bacteria to live.

Thermometers

Used for monitoring water temperature daily to help ensure fluctuations do not harm the health of aquatic life.

3. Filtration and water care

Take care of their aquarium and water quality to keep their tank clean and help them stay healthy from the inside out.

Heaters

Heaters help maintain stable water temperature and are essential for healthy metabolic rate and immunity.

Filters & Media

Help meet the biological, chemical and mechanical filtration requirements needed for stable water quality.

Conditioners & Additives

A variety of conditioners and additives help neutralize toxic chemicals in tap water, add calcium and promote alkalinity.

Marine Salt

Marine salt provides the essential ingredients to help mimic natural seawater.

Protein Skimmers

Remove organic and inorganic matter, phenols, oils and debris before they are broken down into the nitrogen cycle, plus increase dissolved oxygen in the aquarium.

4. Finding the right nutrition

Set a strong foundation for their health with quality nutrition.

Pellets, Flakes & Freeze-Dried Food

Packed with the necessary blend of minerals and vitamins to help promote a healthy immune system.

Fresh & Frozen Food

Fresh and frozen food can be more natural and appetizing options for marine aquatic life.

5. SUPPORTING A ROUTINE

Follow these tips to help them stay happy and healthy.