If you are interested in starting a saltwater aquarium you must familiarize yourself with the different aspects of how to set up, take care of and maintain your tank in order to properly care for you saltwater fish. There are specific types of food, environments, lighting, filters and more that you will need for these types of fish.
A saltwater aquarium is desired by fish lovers because of the beauty of the fish and the coral but in order to successfully keep your fish alive, you must do your research. While it is not hard to maintain and care for these fish, it requires patience and knowledge.
First, make sure you have all the necessary supplies to accommodate your fish such as live rock, sand or coral, a heater to regulate the temperature of the water in your tank, a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the water and aquarium cleaning supplies. You will need to monitor the environment that your saltwater fish live in either everyday or every other day.
Do your research on the type of fish you plan on purchasing. You must know how big certain types of fish will get, what type of fish they do or do not get along with and what types of food they eat such as pellets, bloodworms, shrimp or flakes. There are some saltwater fish that remain fairly small such as the clownfish while others can grow up to lengths of over a foot long. You will need a much larger tank for larger breeds of fish, especially if you plan on owning more than one.
You should always keep a separate saltwater tank, also known as a quarantine tank. This tank can be smaller than the habitat aquarium that your fish live in. This quarantine tank can be used whenever one of your fish gets sick. You do not want a sick fish interacting with and possibly infecting the other fish in the tank. If you notice that your fish is sick, quickly move them to the quarantine tank and leave them there throughout the treatment process. Medicines are available depending upon the type of sickness the fish has such as ick.
Many saltwater fish breeds can live for a long period of time if treated and cared for well enough by their owner. You should always know every aspect of the breed or various breeds of fish you have in your tank. There are many fish who are considered social fish and get along well with others while there are those who are very aggressive and it is not recommended to put them in a tank with any other fish. As long as you study the different types of fish you wish to own and get to know the important facts about them first and follow the steps provided above, you should be well on your way to caring for your new saltwater fish.