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Freshwater or Saltwater? | Home Fish Aquarium Guide

Home Fish Aquarium Guide

Fishkeeping Information and Resources for the Home Aquarium



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Freshwater or Saltwater?

Should you start a freshwater or saltwater aquarium?

I think most people would suggest that beginners start out with a freshwater aquarium. The type of fish to be found in freshwater aquariums are danios, barbs, cichlids, tetras, bettas, goldfish, among others.

Saltwater tanks can be home to many fish including tangs, and clownfish (remember Nemo in Finding Nemo? – Dori was a Blue Tang), there are many other pretty and large saltwater fish as well. The most complex saltwater setups are the Reef setups where you have actual Living rocks, anemones and an entire reef habitat in your tank. These are the most complicated (and among the most beautiful).

The kinds of things that you learn in a freshwater setup will serve you well if you want to ultimately branch out and move on towards saltwater tanks.

I think my son would REALLY like a clownfish. (If I had a dollar for each time he’s seen Finding Nemo…) As saltwater fish go they are supposedly easy to keep. But, I wanted to make sure we could keep a successful freshwater setup before we moved into saltwater.

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    January 10, 2009 - 5:09 PM