Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Exotic Salt Fisf & Coral Reefexotic the aquatic wonders

Walking into the aquarium and fish supply shop and are immediately dazzled by the colorful and intriguing display. There before your eyes is an almost unbelievable menagerie of exotic aquatic wonders like a anthias, butterflies, clownfish, cardinals, anemones, large angelfish, batfish etc.

Aquarium keeping is amongst the most popular of hobbies with millions of enthusiasts worldwide . Although most fish kept in aquariums are from freshwater, the acquisition of marine ornamental fish has greatly increased.

There is a popular and rapidly expanding trend in the hobby to establish marine reef mini-ecosystems within the aquarium. Reef tanks are saltwater aquariums that house or center principally on invertebrates and minimize the number of fish. A typical reef tank makes use of live rock, both hard and soft Live corals, invertebrates such as crustaceans like a crabs, hermit crabs, and shrimps or mollusks like a snails, clams, and scallops or echinoderms like a starfish, sand-dollars, and sea urchins and of course, the endless variety of colorful fish.

Consequently, the market value spent on many species of marine origin associated with the ornamental trade has greatly increased. It will be difficult to resist the temptation to pile in the angelfish, butterflyfish and anemones, but the beginning marine aquarist really should avoid these species, which are relatively fragile. The last thing you want is to spend a lot of time and money setting up your aquarium, only to have your fish sick and dying within a couple of weeks or months. Far better to start slowly, populate with hardier species, and get the hang of maintaining the appropriate marine environment with a group of aquatic pets that can survive your mistakes.

It should be noted that tank-breeding Exotic saltwater fish and marine reef specimens is a relatively new practice within the aquarium industry. It has only been in the past few decades that tank breeding has been seriously looked at as a means to supply the fish hobby trade.

A few Saltwater fish take readily to spawning in home aquariums. Both gobies and seahorses do not appear to let life in an aquarium interfere with the breeding process. Unfortunately, this is not the case with most saltwater species. Even in the spacious surroundings of public aquariums, the breeding of some saltwater species is unheard of. Perhaps it is that despite our best efforts to mimic their natural environment, certain fish instinctively realize that they are no longer in their native breeding grounds.

But for now, the learning curve is all ahead. Take your time, plot your course, and have lots of fun as the incredible marine world begins to come alive under your guidance. The saltwater aquarium, it's a hobby like no other.


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