Pet Fish Secrets - Setting Up Your First Salt Water Fish Tank
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Pet Fish - The First Saltwater Fish Tank

For your first saltwater tank, you may be tempted to buy the biggest, most colorful fish you can find. But, before you this.

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Getting your first saltwater tank can be such an exciting event. You will finally be able to sit and enjoy the soothing beauty of your aquarium. However, it can also be frustrating and a bit overwhelming.

What aquarium equipment do you need?

Which saltwater pet fish are best for beginners?

Here are some tips to help you start off right with your first saltwater fish tank.

The first thing you should consider is the actual fish tank itself.

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Temperature control is an important item to consider when caring for pet fish, and the type of tank you choose can influence temperature.

An acrylic tank is better at insulating the fish from outside temperatures than a glass tank and is thus more stable in terms of temperature. This makes it easier to maintain a healthy environment for your fish. Acrylic tanks are also flexible, less prone to leakage. They are also quite strong, which means they don't break as easily as glass aquariums. Acrylic is also a lighter material and easier to drill into, which can be an important factor for installing certain filters and other features.

One drawback of an acrylic tank is that one can sometimes be more expensive, but, If your budget allows for it, an acrylic tank would be a good idea.

However, as millions of happy pet fish owners can tell you, for your first saltwater tank, a glass tank will do just fine, since you will be buying fish that are fairly hardy and easy to take care of...or should be while still learning how to care for pet fish.

Since this is your first saltwater tank, you should give thought to purchasing an aquarium kit or package, as it comes with all the necessary equipment you'll need to maintain your tank.

A good basic aquarium kit usually include filters, heaters, test kits and manuals that will make it easier for you to set up your first saltwater tank. Some of these aquarium kits are so complete that they come with everything but your fish and water for the tank. These kits are great for the beginner as they include fish tank lighting fixtures, power filters, plants, fish food, water conditioner and more. They come in sizes that range from about 1.5 to 50 gallons.

For an extremely low maintenance tank, look for an aquarium kit that doesn't require external plumbing for filtration. On most of these kits, the filter is attached to the back of the aquarium, making them very easy to maintain.

For your first saltwater tank, you will possibly be tempted to buy the biggest, most colorful fish you can find. However, you really should have some successful experience with a simple saltwater fish tank setup before you spend hundreds of dollars on fish. Budget friendly, hardy fish are the best way to start.

The common clownfish was popular even before the cartoon movie made this hardy fish into a household name.  While this fish is fairly easy to care for, it can be a bit aggressive, so you won't want more than 3 of them in your aquarium.  Your fish will be happiest if there are a few of their favorite anemones in the tank, as well.

A damselfish is also a good choice for your aquarium.  Because damselfish are so aggressive to other damselfish, however, it is best to only have one of these colorful little guys in your tank.

Tangs are another popular choice for a first saltwater tank.  However, you should be sure you have algae growing on your tank or you will need to provide a suitable alternative.  The powder blue tang is the hardiest fish in the species. Since tangs are a bit aggressive, you shouldn't add more than one to your tank.

Finally, you may want to consider adding some other living things, such as a cleaner shrimp or an anemone crab to the tank. Small hermit crabs are also easy to keep and very amusing to watch.

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