There are daily weekly, and monthly checks; regular feedings; and adjustments that can (and should) be reduced to a simple checklist of aquatic activities. You will inevitably develop your own routines, but here is one approach to consider, with my own recommendations of what to do to keep a typical marine system up and going...
Check Your Livestock
Are they behaving the way they should? Strange behavior by fishes or invertebrates is often the first clue to a mechanical failure or a degenerating water situation. This is your best chance to discover a problem in its initial stages. With a practiced eye, you will be able to evaluate what’s going on in the system at a glance and, via your fishes or invertebrates, know the general status of your water quality. If the lights are on, fishes should be lively and in good color, and sessile invertebrate specimens, if any, should be open and expanded, if that is their normal, healthy state.
Check your Readings
This is optional, but those with clearly displayed thermometers often fall into the habit of giving them frequent glances. If you have other instruments giving readings of pH, redox, or dissolved oxygen, you’ll probably make an automatic note that nothing is going astray. Again, your livestock are the best indicators, but if you like the quantitative approach, this can reassure you that nothing is wrong.
Depending on the type of system you are keeping, daily offerings of food are made once, twice, or more frequently. Turn these feeding times into observation opportunities. Feedings are the most telling chance you have of seeing whether all the stock is healthy, eating, and not being harassed by tank mates. DO NOT OVER FEED YOUR FISH!! ...this is extremely bad for your tank!!
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