If you are dreaming of beautifying your home, office, or other space by
adding an aquarium, choosing between freshwater and saltwater is one of
the first decisions you have to make. Many people immediately gravitate
toward saltwater aquariums, largely because of the breathtaking natural
beauty of saltwater fish and the wide variety of colors and specimens
available—but there’s more to it than just picking pretty fish.
Maintaining a saltwater aquarium also requires a very different approach
to everything including fish care, food, water changes, necessary hardware,
cleaning, lights, and more. While cultivating a healthy saltwater environment
is both possible and rewarding, being aware of its potential challenges
can be very helpful for first-time aquarium owners.
Best and Worst Saltwater Fish for Beginners
To be sure, virtually all saltwater fish are visually appealing. However,
picking fish solely based on looks could ultimately create unnecessary
aquatic casualties. Generally speaking, saltwater fish tend to be more
aggressive and temperamental (though this is certainly not true of all
of them). Some such saltwater fish to avoid include
Damselfish, and a few others.
On the other hand, there are saltwater fish that possess the perfect combination
of characteristics: low-maintenance, breathtakingly beautiful, and able
to withstand minor environmental changes. Some such fish include
What New Aquarium Owners Should Know Before Installing a Saltwater Fish Tank
Selecting the right fish for you tank is a whole lot more than just picking
the prettiest specimen or choosing fish that color-coordinate. If you
are a first-time aquarium owner hoping to install a saltwater fish tank
in your home or business, there are a few things you need to know about
managing a microcosmic saltwater ecosystem and its inhabitants before
1.Saltwater fish are more vibrantly colored, but saltwater aquariums are
more difficult to maintain. This should not deter you from installing a saltwater tank, but there are
a few things that make caring for saltwater fish a bit more challenging
than their freshwater counterparts. Saltwater fish are beautiful and visually
impactful, and their natural beauty and color are further highlighted
by the tank-scaping opportunities available, including a variety of eye-catching
reefs and coral.
2.Saltwater fish tend to be more expensive. The majority of saltwater fish are a good deal more expensive than freshwater
fish, costing $15 and up on average. Many saltwater fish require live
rock in order to eat and perform important environmental functions, making
it an essential part of your saltwater ecosystem. In addition to live
rock, saltwater fish also require sand for similar reasons, raising the
cost of your saltwater aquarium even more.
3.Saltwater fish are more sensitive to temperature changes. Water and temperature changes can spell the end for most saltwater fish
if not handled properly. Periodic partial water changes are a very important
part of maintaining a saltwater aquarium and preserving the health of
its inhabitants. However, water changes are very difficult and require
the help of someone who is experienced in saltwater aquarium maintenance.
Living Art Aquatic Design, Inc. Can Help You Build Your Dream Aquarium
However, you don’t have to figure all of this out on your own. If
you are considering installing a saltwater aquarium in your business,
home, or any other venue, our team at Living Art Aquatic Design, Inc.
is here to serve you. We know everything there is to know about saltwater
aquariums, freshwater aquariums, various species of fish, and all the
ins and outs of putting together your ideal aquarium design.
If you are considering installing an aquarium, let us help! Our expert
team has designed, built, installed, and maintained thousands of fish
tanks over the years. We have helped our clients not only dream up the
type of aquarium they want—we help them make it happen by working
with them from the design phase all the way through to final installation
and regular maintenance. Even if you opt for a more challenging aquarium,
such as a saltwater one, our team can help you create a beautiful design,
select the best fish for your tank, and help you ensure the continued
beauty and health of your saltwater environment.
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Living Art Aquatic Design Inc., we take pride in both our creativity and our professionalism. We will
not only work with you to create a custom aquarium—we will get it
done on time and meet your expectations.
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