Saltwater Aquarium Fish Species

Popular Fish Name Fish Family Scientific Name

Species suitable for beginners

Clownfish Amphiprion Percula
Damselfish Pomacentridae Chromis chromis

Species needing experienced care and large tanks

Dragonets Callionymidae Callionymus
Lionfish Scorpaenidae Pterois or Dendrochirus,

Species needing expert care and best avoided

Antennata Lionfish Scorpaenidae Pterois Antennata
Rays Rajomorphii or Batoidea Batoidea - common rays and skates Myliobatiformes - eagle rays, manta rays Pristiformes - sawfishes
Seahorse Syngnathidae Hippocampus
Sharks Selachimorpha Hexanchiformes: Examples from this group include the cow sharks, frilled shark and even a shark that


Bicolor Dottyback

saltwater fish - pictichromis paccagnellae - bicolor dottyback stocking in 75 gallons tank - one corner of tank
Fish Name Bicolor Dottyback
Scientific Name Pictichromis Paccagnellae
Description: one corner of tank

Yellow Tang - Hawaii

saltwater fish - zebrasoma flavescens - yellow tang - hawaii stocking in 55 gallons tank - inquisitive tangs
Fish Name Yellow Tang - Hawaii
Scientific Name Zebrasoma Flavescens
Description: inquisitive tangs

Ocellaris Clownfish

saltwater fish - amphiprion ocellaris - ocellaris clownfish stocking in 72 gallons tank - Mated pair of clowns and rose anemone
Fish Name Ocellaris Clownfish
Scientific Name Amphiprion Ocellaris
Description: Mated pair of clowns and rose anemone

Arothron Dog Face Puffer

saltwater fish - arothron nigropunctatus - arothron dog face puffer stocking in 75 gallons tank - Dog Face Puffer
Fish Name Arothron Dog Face Puffer
Scientific Name Arothron Nigropunctatus
Description: Dog Face Puffer


saltwater fish - nemateleotris magnifica - firefish stocking in 55 gallons tank - flame tails
Fish Name Firefish
Scientific Name Nemateleotris Magnifica
Description: flame tails