Article by Groshan Fabiola
If you are going to own a salt water fish aquarium, the first thing you should do is learn as much about these creatures and their natural environments as possible. Many people don’t even know what the difference between salt water tropical fish and fresh water fish is; they just know that they like the bright colors and unique designs of the salt water varieties. But if you are going to have salt water aquarium fish in your home you better know what you’re getting into. While this is one of the most rewarding hobbies around, these fish are by no means simple and easy to take care of.
The first thing that makes salt water tropical fish so unique is the environment they come from, which differs greatly from that of fresh water fish. Since their natural environment is generally so stable, salt water fish do not readily adapt to major changes in water condition. This is one of the reasons why keeping a salt water fish aquarium is so complex. Salt water fish are also almost all invertebrates. This all adds up to a very delicate group of fish with very specific instructions for care and maintenance.
Once you decide that you want to have salt water aquarium fish in your home, you will also need to invest in some very specific equipment. In addition to the standard aquarium supplies, a good salt water reef tank should have special gravel made from crushed coral, sea salt mix and a hydrometer. It’s also suggested that you never keep these delicate fish in an aquarium any smaller than 50 gallons – and for many species, much bigger would be better. Having an adequately sized tank with a complete set of equipment is better than going for a massive tank that lacks the required mechanisms, though, as long as it isn’t smaller than 50 gallons.
Taking care of salt water tropical fish isn’t easy, but with so many rewards from this satisfying hobby it is well worth the time and effort. The sheer beauty and mystery of a well kept aquarium will be enough to mesmerize anyone who visits your home.
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