There are two basic types of aquariums: Freshwater and Saltwater. A saltwater aquarium contains water-life and elements found in oceans while a freshwater aquarium contains the same from places like rivers, lakes, and ponds. Under no circumstance, should life (including plants) from one type of water be mixed with the other. Swapping creatures from one environment could be deadly and extreme care should be taken to ensure 100% compatibility within a single tank.
Not All Saltwater Aquarium Fish Are the Same
Almost each kind of saltwater aquarium fish has individual needs, specific food preferences, and characteristic behaviors. And it’s in your best interest to take the time and study the differences among them before you rush out, grab a bunch, and pour them into your tank. This is of utmost importance when you want to experiment and create an aquarium containing different types of fish. Some of these guys just don’t get along with other species while others are prone to gobble up the entire crew!
Where to Find Good, Healthy Saltwater Fish
You can be most successful at finding healthy Saltwater fish from any certified pet dealer. The fish you acquire should not show any signs of sickness and should appear active and strong.
Introducing your fish to it’s new home
Assuming that you’ve set up a saltwater aquarium at home (or you’ve already had one set up for some time), you must quarantine your new friends before you put them into your tank. You can do this by placing the plastic bag that they’re in, into the tank. Every once in a while, add a little of your tank water into this plastic bag. After a few days, your new friends should feel welcome in their new home.
Don’t be surprised to learn that a lot of saltwater fish is the kind of fish that we eat! The following is a small list of some saltwater fish:
Angelfish – disk-shaped fish from warmer areas of the Atlantic ocean
Blennies – scaleless fish with comb-like teeth
Blowfish – poisonous fish with a spiny body that can inflate itself with water or air
Butterfish – slippery scaleless fish from the northern Atlantic ocean
Jellyfish – don’t keep these as pets!
Seahorses – fish with horselike heads
Stonefish – a venomous fish resembling a piece of rock