Saltwater Tank Guide – Species Compatibility

There are so very many species for the noob to choose from when beginning their first marine aquarium. There’s nonetheless a serious factor to consider when adding livestock to your new salt water aquarium. Species compatibility. There are two aspects that basically must be considered prior to throwing fish together in the same pond you might say.

Ecosystem compatibility, and species approval/aggression. These are two factors that need take first concern as they both will have sad implications if you get this wrong. Occasionally you will not even realise until you notice one species prosper and the other die. Far worse however is watching a hermit crab devour all your anemones because its diet has used and it'll eat fundamentally anything soft.

It is of signification that you fill your tank fundamentally based on world region. For example S. A. , or Carribean. This way picking animals that originate from the same waters will be compatible as the environment they inhabit is the same. This environment can now be made in your aquarium and all creatures should thrive. Mixing animals from different world regions, will very probably end in one species not doing well or dying off. This is generally due to different trace elements in the water they are climatized to. Change the base water content and the animals won't do well.

The second concern is species compatibility. Having critters that in the natural world are belligerent toward each other means they are going to be aggressive in the tank. Clown Fish for example are quite a quiet fish but put them together and there will be territorial aggression. So for example restrict yourself to maybe two. There's still a chance of aggression in particular if both are male but chances are you will be ok.

Next one must examine the tank cleaners. The snails and hermit crabs etc. That you use to manipulate algae and parasites. Snails and crabs for example aren't a good mixture. Once again you may not have an issue in your tank, but should the crabs run short on food, they are going to eat the snails, and then start devouring anemones and soft corals. Crabs should only be utilized in FO (fish only) or FOWLR (fish only with live rock). Snails will do fine in a reef tank but again only add them if they're native to your tank region.

Net position is reasonably simple. When deciding what to put in your tank, first pick an area and take a look at what species are available, and then look at aggression between species to avoid fighting and or one species devouring the other. There are sufficient examples of “Species Compatibility Charts” on the internet.

This author has had association with marine aquariums off and on for three decades. His new site is committed to a newbies marine tank guide. Step-by-step directions for amateurs.

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