setting up a junior reef tank

Children often have a interest in keeping marine life, the hobby can be educational and fun for both parents and children. 

we have some tips on how to get started and set up a simple but fun aquarium that is child friendly. 

make sure there are adults who are willing to care for the aquarium if the child/children loose interest. 


start simple with creatures such as hermit crabs, marine snails and basic corals such as toad stool or leather corals. 


Systems such as the Fluval Sea EVO aquariums are great starter options and capable of keeping some nice corals and marine life such as small inverts and small fish species. 

make sure young children are supervised and all children are made aware of safety aspects such as dry hands when switching off plugs and making sure adults supervise water tests with chemicals in use etc. 

clown fish are always high on children's list of fish but be aware that they grow to a fair size and need an aquarium of at least 80 litres for an adult pair long term. 

do plenty of research and try to involve the child/children as much as possible so they understand the basic aspects of caring for marine aquatics. 

Talk to your local shop, we are always happy to help and have helped lots of families get their first marine aquarium. With the right set-up they can be a really enjoyable and educational hobby for children and teenagers.