Posts Tagged aquarium-fish

What To Look For When Considering Purchasing A New Fish

I went down to my local fish shop today as I needed some more salt. I have known the owner for many years now and he knows my saltwater aquarium nearly as well as I do.

I had a good look at the corals and the fish whilst I was there and then settled down with a coffee to have a good chat with the owner.

People cam in and out of the shop – some purchased and some did not.

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Good Starter Fish For The Saltwater Aquarium

Once all the research, planning and waiting is complete and the aquarium is full of water and has finally finished cycling you will finally be ready to introduce your first fish.

It is important to ensure that you make the right choice though as there are some fish which are suitable to be added at this stage and there are fish which are not.

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Boss Fish

An aquarium full of fish, or one with a captive reef and fish. They are both potentially beautiful.

The aquarist has acted absolutely correctly, allowing the aquarium to mature and adapt to the increasing bio-load by introducing fish very slowly. The research showed that more timid fish should be introduced first, and thus those fish can settle in and feel secure before more boisterous fish arrive. There aren’t any particularly belligerent fish, and certainly no fish predators, in the final fish mix. None are oversized for the physical size of the tank or the net gallonage.

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Anemones And Anemonefish

For me I just love the sight of an anenomefish living in symbiosis with an anemone. An anemone which due to its very nature loves to eat fish and any other animal which fall prey to it. But not the anenomefish. It could be said I suppose that the anemone uses the anenomefish as a lure for other fish.

Whatever it is it is a sight to behold.

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Cycling The Marine Aquarium

After you have done all the research, planned your system and parted with some or even lots of your hard earned cash then you will finally be at a point where you will starting to prepare to add some animals to your new aquarium.

The aquarium is in place and is full of water – all it needs now is some livestock to make the picture complete, however before you can add any animals to the aquarium it needs to be cycled.

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Purchasing Saltwater Livestock Online – Do You Know What To Look Out For

I started writing this post but before long it got far too long – so I made it into a PDF which you can download and read if you so wish.

For a long time now people have been purchasing saltwater equipment online, however a lot of people nowadays also purchase their saltwater fish, corals etc on the internet.

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How To Acclimitise New Corals And Fish Correctly

It always amazes me how many people I see or talk to who purchase a marine animal, take it home, open the bag and pour it into their aquarium. I can never understand why some people do not acclimitise their purchases properly, it could be laziness, lack of knowledge, impatience etc but one thing is for certain life is on the line here so it must be done correctly.

The purpose of acclimatisation is simple – the water that the animal is packaged in may have a different temperature, pH and salinity than that of your aquarium. Aquatic life (especially corals and invertebrates) are very sensitive to minor changes in water parameters therefore acclimatisation is a definate requirement for success.

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Should You Purchase Online?

Once the aquarist has finished setting up his/her salt water aquarium as far as equipment and getting salt water in, the next big question is livestock.

Most aquarists know what they want generally, be it a fish only or reef aquarium. Many of us have a local store that can be visited for livestock purchases. Before livestock is purchased, the store is assessed as to how good the aquarium conditions are, how knowledgeable the store man is, and of course the prices being asked.

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