Saltwater Fish Species
Saltwater fish, also known as marine fish, live in the world's oceans and seas, or wherever the water is salty. Tropical fish, on the other hand, live in warm waters that can be fresh water, brackish water, or salty waters.
Salt water fish collector's revel in the multitude of colors, sizes and shapes that come from the diversity of salt water oceans, seas, and lakes. With television shows like Animal Planet's Tanked, elaborate salt water fish collecting is growing in popularity.
Salt water fish keeping is a route generally taken by more experienced fish collectors.With the vibrant colors of reef fish, carnivorous sharks and other predators, eels, crabs, camoflaged shrimp, octopus, and more to choose from, every collector has a favorite.
Salt water fish collecting can be challenging because tanks take more thought in setting up, as the fish themselves tolerate less temperature variance than some fresh water fish. With exotic fish collecting, salt water tanks may cost more to set up while the fish can also be expensive, depending on how rare the species is as well as how hard it is to get.
Some sea fish are only available to be collected by deep sea submersibles and can fetch prices in the thousands of dollars. It all depends on your tastes and finances. A nice new fish tank needs an aeration system, to ogygenate the water.
Naturally, water is absorbs oxygen at its surface (most salt water bodies have large surfaces like the oceans). Waves also oxygenate through their churning motion while plants like seaweed or kelp give off oxygen as a byproduct.
With salt water fish, testing the salinity and alkalinity of the water on a regular basis is essential. The balance must be maintained rigorously for the fish to have a healthy environment in which to thrive.
There are many test strips and test kits that can be purchased to test with. Most salt water fish are also sensitive to temperature changes and small changes of even a few degrees can cause discoloration, sickness, or death.
A heater with a built in thermostat and a thermometer or other type of temperature control is necessary to keep your beautiful fish healthy and happy.
A cleaning and filtration system is needed to clean up waste, uneaten food, and any algae or other growth. Many fish collector's make use of natural cleaners, such as snails, shrimp and sucker fish. Keeping a salt water tank clean and clear is essential for the salt water fishes' health & beauty as well as for the collector's enjoyment.
Many salt water collectors prefer no backgrounds on their tanks because many tanks are mounted so that most sides can be looked through. This gives the opportunity to move around the tank and see into the small spots for fish that like to hide.
Sometimes a mirror is used for a background making the tank seem airier, presenting many ways to enjoy the vibrant fish.
Decoration must be given thought in salt water tanks by the fish keeper. Live corals, rocks, plants, and props must be used in a way that compliments the fish while providing a visual appeal all on it's own.
Creating a scene that is pleasing to the eye is a great part to fish collecting. Salt water fish collecting is a hobby shared by many people.
From beautiful brightly colored fish, spined poisonous fish, toothy predators, and boneless invertebrates, the possibilities are endless and only limited by the keeper's imagination.
This section highlights some of the great diversity of saltwater fishes that make good candidates for saltwater aquarium tanks.
- Angelfish, Dwarf
- Angelfish, Large
- Butterfly Fish
- Cardinal Fish
- Marine Invertebrates
- Puffer Fish
- Unique Marine Life