Keeping Saltwater fish
What’s involved with Keeping Saltwater fish?
Is it harder than keeping tropical fish? In a word, yes. There is more work in keeping saltwater fish and extra steps you will need to keep in mind before embarking on your seawater journey. We’ve put together this Saltwater for Beginners guide to make sure you know what’s involved.
Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not trying to turn anyone off keeping marine fish, it’s incredibly rewarding and the finished aquarium will be the most attractive center point of any room. If you’ve read our guide on keeping tropical fish, you’ve a good basis to go on and most people will have kept a tropical aquarium before attempting the marine set up.
You will need to decide on whether you want to keep a fish only system or a coral reef and fish system. (For more information on this check out our handy guide: Setting Up A
Saltwater Aquarium.) The equipment and tank size will be dependent upon this decision. Remember research, research, and research. There is a wealth of information on this site on the different species of marine fish, corals and invertebrates. Through this you’ll be able to double check who can live peacefully with whom and avoid a reenactment of WW2, aquarium style!
Saltwater fish species need to have a consistent high quality of water; any changes can be severely detrimental particularly with sensitive species such as many SPS corals and Angelfish. Some saltwater fish will be more prone to diseases than others so there is a need to remain vigilant in or to be preventive rather than reactive. You will also need to add minerals and additives to the water, as things like calcium are a must if you’re keeping stony corals and invertebrates, as they need it to grow and thrive.
It’s not all doom and gloom; if you take your time and are committed to the upkeep of the aquarium the rewards are great. Tropical saltwater fish have some unique personalities and you will become very fond of the inhabitants very quickly. There’s also nothing quite like planning your aquascape, finding and assembling the live rock to create a perfect structure with loads of shelves to place your corals on and then watching them grow.
The colors in a marine tank can’t be replicated elsewhere and when every resident is happy it really is like having a piece of paradise on your living room! If the hard work hasn’t turned you off keeping saltwater fish and you’re even more looking forward to getting started then you’re in for a world of fun! Feel free to read through the many articles on this site and as always, if you have any more questions, don’t be afraid to ask us.