Aquarium Management Online Course

Certificate Courses for Adult Learners

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Self Paced

Flexible Study Schedule


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The range of topics and the assignment questions provide not only a method to ensuring students review a range of resources but also ensure that a number of aspects in marine biology are engaged with.

W.A. True

Aquarium Management Graduate

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Marine Biology Graduate

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Is this course for me?

This course is for best for adult learners who:

Need a flexible day/night study schedule

Are planning for a new career in this field or are just interested.

Want a stepping stone before committing expensive and years-long education.

In this course you will learn the design, set up and maintenance of aquariums.

Online Aquarium Course

For business or pleasure, this online aquarium course covers a wide range of topics including:

  • fresh water systems
  • salt water systems
  • breeding fish
  • set and design of aquarium systems
  • aquarium maintenance and much more..

This online aquarium course requires no prior knowledge and is suitable for anyone involved with or interested in aquariums either on a professional basis or as a hobby. This is a self-paced course on aquariums with professional tutor support.

You will gain knowledge and skills in managing a both fresh and saltwater aquarium systems, understanding about breeding fish in captivity, design and layout of various aquarium systems, maintenance, water quality management and more.

Suitable for anyone from the home enthusiast to professional pet shop and aquarium supply shop employees, wildlife park staff and volunteers, marine scientists and so on.

Aquarium Course Aims:

  • Discuss the scope and nature of aquarium use and management
  • Describe the Water Ecosystem
  • Explain Water Quality and Management
  • Determine appropriate equipment and systems for different applications in the provision of aquaria.
  • Determine appropriate species of animal and plant life to introduce into an aquarium
  • Explain the establishment of a freshwater aquarium
  • Explain the establishment of a saltwater aquarium
  • Explain the maintenance of an aquarium
  • Explain how to breed a range of different fish


There are 10 Lessons in this course:

Scope and Nature of Aquaria

  • Aquarium use and Management
  • The categories of aquariums
  • Aquariums for fish communities
  • Aquaria Size and Complexity
  • Water quality control
  • Types of Equipment

The Water Ecosystem

  • Interactions between organisms and the water environment
  • Checking abiotic factors
  • Different types of natural ecosystems
  • Saltwater ecosystems
  • Freshwater ecosystems
  • Brackish water ecosystems
  • City or Municipal domestic water supplies
  • Rainwater
  • Well or bore water
  • Water quality in the aquarium ecosystem
  • Water treatment options
  • Energy relationships
  • Plants and nutrients
  • Photosynthesis
  • Pollution in an aquarium
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Overcrowding
  • Overfeeding

Water Quality and Management

  • Tank capacity/Tank size
  • Maintaining a Balanced Nitrogen Cycle
  • Aquarium Cycling
  • Changing the Water
  • Vacuuming
  • Algae Removal
  • Avoiding overfeeding
  • Water Conditions
  • Water Temperature
  • Water Hardness
  • Water pH
  • Salinity
  • Gas Exchange in the Aquarium
  • Preventative Care
  • Moving Your Aquarium Safely

Equipment and System Design

  • Equipment and systems for different aquariums
  • Aquarium Equipment
  • Aquarium Tank
  • Filtration
  • Aeration
  • Light System
  • Aquarium Light Timer (optional)
  • Tank Cover
  • Heaters and Thermometers
  • Gravel
  • Plants and Decorations
  • pH meters
  • Refractometers/Hydrometers
  • Water and Other Additives
  • Adding the Fish

Suitable Inhabitants for Your Aquarium

  • Appropriate species of animal and plant life to introduce into an aquarium.
  • Freshwater fish types
  • Livebearers
  • Loaches
  • Anabantids
  • Catfish
  • Tetras
  • Cyprinids
  • Rainbow fish
  • Branchiopoda
  • Gastropods
  • Freshwater Aquarium Plants
  • Cold Water Plants
  • Tropical Fresh Water Plants
  • Brackish Water Plants
  • Saltwater Fish Types
  • Saltwater (Marine) Aquarium Plants

Fish Health and Diseases

  • Fish Diet
  • Fish Diet Related Problems
  • Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency
  • Origin of Diseases
  • Environmental Diseases
  • Common Signs of an Unhealthy Tank
  • Diseases Caused by Water Quality and Chemistry Problems
  • Water Contamination and Poisoning
  • Ammonia and Nitrate Poisoning
  • Oxygen Starvation – Hypoxia
  • Pathogenic Disease Causes
  • Viral Diseases
  • Bacterial Diseases
  • Fungal Diseases
  • Genetic Diseases and Disorders
  • Parasites
  • Plant Problems
  • Treatment of Diseases and Parasites
  • Quarantine Tank
  • Coral Bleaching

Freshwater Tanks

  • Establishing a freshwater tank
  • Tank Selection and Decorations
  • Setting up Tank Décor
  • Setting up Planted Tanks
  • Aqua-scaping
  • Basic Equipment
  • Electricity and Aquarium Set-up
  • Heater Installation
  • Filters and Air Pumps
  • Lighting and Hood
  • Solar Heating
  • Other Equipment
  • Selection and Addition of Fish
  • Feeding Requirements
  • Cleaning and Maintenance

Simple Saltwater Tanks

  • Establishing a saltwater tank
  • Tank Selection
  • Saltwater Tank Cycling
  • Filter
  • Basic Equipment for saltwater tanks
  • Heaters and Thermometres
  • Light System
  • Test Kits
  • Selection and Addition of Fish and Other Invertebrates
  • Feeding Requirements
  • Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Critical Parameters Affecting Salinity
  • How concentrations of ions affect salinity
  • How temperature affects salinity


  • Maintaining a tank
  • Correct Tank Set-Up and Maintenance
  • Checking the Lighting
  • Checking the Temperature
  • Filter Maintenance
  • Checking and Maintaining Water Quality
  • Fish Observation
  • Plant Maintenance
  • Algae Removal
  • Regular Vacuuming
  • Regular Water Changes
  • Preventative Care
  • Emergencies


  • Fish Reproduction and Behaviour
  • Live Bearers
  • Egg Layers
  • Breeding
  • Tank Set-up and General Requirements
  • Early Stages – Selecting and Conditioning the Pair
  • Triggering Breeding
  • Hatching the Raising Fry
  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Cultivating Your Own Food
  • Fish Legality in Different Countries
  • Aquarium Care
  • Ultraviolet (UV) Sterilisation
  • Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Maintenance of Plants
  • Checking Filters
  • Water Changes

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

Your Tutor

Peter Palma

B.Sc. Fisheries, MSc (candidate), Aquaculture/Marine Tutor

Aquaculture science and teaching are the two things Peter is most passionate about. He is currently a Master of Science candidate, studying the reproductive biology of groupers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries science with a specialization in aquaculture. His field work experiences include broodstock and hatchery management of marine fish species, and disease monitoring of cultured organisms. Over the years, Peter visited fish farms in Australia, Canada and the Philippines, and learned first-hand how aquaculture operation is being done all over the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Course Summary

  Water quality and management.

  Learn about different equipment and setups.

  Saltwater and freshwater aquariums.


Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan From $50/week incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate