WHAT'S THAT? THE TOP 10 STRANGEST LOOKING SALTWATER FISH

What's That? The Top 10 Strangest Looking Saltwater Fish
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated February 03, 2017
There are some odd=looking animals out there but these ten saltwater fish are among the strangest.
Saltwater fish are some of the most beautiful and colorful animals in the world. All you have to do is look up pictures of a coral reef to see every color of the rainbow represented. Some saltwater fish exhibit bright solid colors while others are covered in intricate patterns. But there are also plenty of saltwater fish that are downright strange in terms of their appearance. Keep reading to learn about the top 10 strangest looking saltwater fish species that you can keep at home.

1. Lionfish

Even if you didn’t know what they were called until just now, you already know what a lionfish looks like. Lionfish are those striped fish that look like they are covered in porcupine spikes. These fish are strange-looking for sure, but it in a beautiful way. Do not be fooled by their beauty, however – they are some of the most dangerous fish in the ocean as well. Lionfish are carnivorous fish which means that they feed on meaty foods like shrimp, crustaceans, and other fish. These fish can also grow very large, over 1 foot in length! If you are thinking about keeping lionfish yourself, you should definitely plan on having at least a 120-gallon tank and you should think twice about adding other species to the tank.

2. Hawkfish

This group of fish can be found in tropical coral reefs throughout the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific oceans. Hawkfish have elongated bodies with large heads – they also have merged dorsal fins connected by spines that...

HOW TO SOLVE COMMON SALTWATER TANK PROBLEMS

How to Solve Common Saltwater Tank Problems
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated January 09, 2017
Cultivating a thriving saltwater tank can be a challenge but it is also incredibly rewarding. Keep reading to learn about common saltwater tank problems and how to fix them.
Any experienced aquarium hobbyist will tell you that there is a lot more involved in keeping a saltwater tank than in keeping a freshwater tank – it is just the truth. But just because maintaining a thriving saltwater tank is a little more challenging doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth it! Saltwater fish are some of the most colorful creatures on the planet and there is something rewarding about caring for a tank full of vibrant, thriving fish. As you do so, however, you are going to experience setbacks and problems – here are some tips for dealing with common saltwater tank problems:
 
1. Temperature Fluctuations – One of the simplest yet most important things you need to do to keep your saltwater tank healthy is to maintain a stable tank temperature. The ideal temperature for your tank may vary slightly depending on the type of fish you keep, but you should aim for something in the range of 72°F to 84°F as your outside temperatures – something between 75°F and 81°F is better. Keeping the temperature in your tank stable can be a challenge if you live in an area where the climate fluctuates. Your best bet is to invest in a solid aquarium heater (or two if you have a large tank) and hook them up to a thermostat so you can set the ideal temperature you want to maintain. It will also help for you to keep your tank away from direct sunlight and protected from drafts.

TIPS FOR USING ROCKWORK IN SALTWATER AND REEF AQUARIUMS

Tips for Using Rockwork in Saltwater and Reef Aquariums
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated December 06, 2016
Building a beautiful saltwater tank landscape out of rock is a challenge but with some helpful tips you can make it work.
What makes a saltwater aquarium different from a freshwater aquarium? The short answer to this question is – just about everything. From the fish you stock to the water itself, there are some pretty stark differences between freshwater and saltwater tanks. But one of the biggest differences is in the way these two types of tanks are decorated. With a freshwater tank you can choose from a few different types of substrate and add some live plants for color, but with a saltwater tank most of your decorations are rocks. Keep reading to learn more about how to use rockwork to decorate your saltwater or reef aquarium.

What Kinds of Rock Can You Use in a Saltwater Tank?

When it comes to decorating your saltwater or reef tank, you have to be careful about the decorations you choose. A saltwater environment is a delicate one – not only do you need to be extremely careful about maintaining the right salinity and water chemistry levels, but you have to be mindful of all of the organisms living in your tank – even the ones too small to see. In a saltwater tank, rockwork serves multiple purposes, all of them important. For one thing, rockwork acts as your main decoration. It adds dimension and visual interest to your tank. On a more practical level, it provides your saltwater fish and invertebrates with places to hide. Finally, it provides a surface on which beneficial bacteria and other helpful microorganisms can grow and...

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