Salt water aquariums come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. The number of fish you can keep will depend on the size of the tank that you buy. Fish need plenty of space to swim and oxygen to breathe and both of these mean that they need a lot of water. When deciding where to put your new tank, you should use a location that is near an electrical socket and not too far from a source of water. It is a good idea to choose a location that will tolerate a water spill just in case the tank cracks or leaks. Obviously this is something that you don’t want to happen but it is best to take precautions just in case.

Some people think that you can buy fish bowls and turn them into salt water aquariums. You can’t! Fish bowls are inhumane even if you only house one goldfish. They contain unfiltered water which is not properly aerated and therefore is not a good home for any fish let alone beautiful tropical ones.

Some people believe that you shouldn’t put the salt water aquarium in the kitchen or living room. But it is better than leaving the fish in an area that gets few visitors. Fish are sociable creatures and will welcome seeing different people wandering around. That doesn’t mean that you should encourage people to tap on the glass of the tank or worse stick their fingers in the water. Fish deserve some respect and frightening them or contaminating their living area is not fair.

Treat your new fish with care and attention and they will thrive. If you believe your fish are ill seek medical attention because chances are you will be right. You will get to know them and will soon see if they are behaving out of character. This is often the first sign of illness.

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