So you are planning on setting up a home salt water aquarium, and you are in the planning stage of deciding what type of fish to buy. Since you can not always trust the well meaning people who work in the pet store, as they may not be very experienced, you do some of your own research. This article will give you some tips and suggestions on how to pick out your fish.

One thing that you must realize is that salt water fish can be really expensive. Some fish can cost as much as $500. This is one of the most obvious reasons why you really need to plan your fish before you buy any. Here are some things you may or may not have thought about.

In the fish world, size does matter. If you’re looking to get a very large fish, and you need to keep in mind that you will need a large tank. Larger fish need a lot more room to move about plus, they tend to eat a lot more than smaller fish. When you take into account the size of your fish in the size of your tank you will have a general idea of how many fish you will be able to keep. Overcrowding a tank can put stress on all of your fish making them more susceptible to disease and other sicknesses due to stress and poor war conditions.

What your fish eat is another large consideration. Some fish are carnivores, others are herbivores, and still others fully pretty much anything, including smaller fish. This is one reason why you may want to think twice about mixing large and small fish in the same tank. Small fish tend to be nice food for large fish. To make things more complicated, some fish like to be on the surface while others are bottom feeders. You need to choose fish that are compatible with each other as far as her eating habits, otherwise your fish care will be much more complicated.

You need to also ask yourself, or research, whether the fish that you are trying or thinking of buying our territorial or not. If they are, and you need to make sure that your tank is large enough to accommodate their needs, otherwise, undue stress will be placed on everyone in the tank. Try to avoid mixing fish together who tend to be natural enemies. Sometimes you’ll find that some breeds like to feed on others so obviously if you want keep your fish tank population up and healthy, you might not want to mix them.

As you can see, with all things dealing with a salt water aquarium, you must do a lot of planning before you can go out and buy anything, and remember the most important factor of all… choose your fish and your tank equipment after you have chosen the perfect spot for your aquarium.

Larry Getz is a saltwater aquarium enthusiast. He owns and maintains Saltwater Aquarium101, a resource for saltwater aquarium lovers and hobbyists.

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