When you hear home aquarium, you will automatically picture your standard fresh water tank full of goldfish and other familiar fish. This is a great start for anyone wanting to get into owning an aquarium, but what about a saltwater aquarium?
Have you hesitated because people have told you that saltwater aquariums are burdensome and more trouble than their worth?
Don’t let the naysayers scare you off the thought of putting together a saltwater aquarium. Yes, maintaining a saltwater aquarium takes a bit more effort because saltwater fish are more sensitive to changes in the water and their environmental surroundings. Plus, you’ll have to pay closer attention to the ph levels to ensure a stable and comfortable environment for all the fish. It should be noted that some species are hardier than others when it comes to changes in the water.
Once you’re up and running with a saltwater aquarium the next obvious question is what are the best saltwater aquarium fish to put in the tank? Everyone has their preferences, but listed below are my favorite types when I was a salt water aquarium fish beginner.
Please note that this list is set in no particular order and is only meant to serve as a general guide to new hobbyists. Remember to always do your due diligence before purchasing your saltwater aquarium fish. I’ve included some tips on doing your due diligence at the end of this post.
10 Best Saltwater Aquarium Fish For Beginners
These ten types of fish are listed in no particular order. It must be said that all hobbyists will find something to like or dislike about a particular species. From aggressiveness levels to what it takes to feed the fish, there is a wide diversity in the ten species listed above. Before purchasing your fish there are certain things you will need to review.
Saltwater Fish Compatibility
When you are planning out your tank population, be aware that some species will not get along with other species or even members of their own species. Do some research before spending the money on any type of fish.
There is nothing more horrifying that spending a large sum of money on a beautiful fish, placing it in the tank and soon discovering it has been ripped to shreds or eaten by one of its aquarium neighbors. You can find compatibility charts on the web and in pet stores that will provide great guidance to avoid trouble.
Tip: There’s a great saltwater/marine aquarium fish compatibility tool that lets you key in your tank size, your preferred care level and temperament of fish. It will than generate a list of compatible marine fish that is best suited for your tank. You can find the tool here.
It’s also important to consider the diets of the fish species you want to purchase. Some diet requirements are more extensive than others. The more extensive the dietary requirements usually means it would be more expensive to care for.
What’s Your Favorite Hardy Saltwater Fish?
What saltwater fish do you think makes a good start for the saltwater aquarium newbies?
Share it with us in the comments section below. I’m sure a lot of new hobbyists would love to hear your recommendations too.