Deciding which fish to put in your first saltwater tank can be overwhelming. You need to check to make sure that the fish in your tank are compatible. Also, you need to make sure your tank is the right size for each of your fish. Here are some of the best saltwater aquarium fish for beginners.
Clownfish (Ocellaris or Percula)
Clownfish are one of the most widely known fish due to “Finding Nemo”. They have captured the hearts of beginner and advanced aquarists. Clownfish are typically friendly. Sometimes they are aggressive when fighting for dominance. However, we recommend that they kept alone or in mated pairs. This makes Clownfish one of the best beginner saltwater aquarium fish
Coral Beauty Angelfish
These fish are small and look beautiful. Some larger angelfish lose their color as they age, but Coral Beauty’s do not. Additionally, they are hardy. Most are resistant to disease and are great for beginners. Coral Beauty’s are usually very peaceful. Lastly, these do best in 75-gallon tanks.
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These colorful and little fish are sure to brighten up any tank. Firefish are generally peaceful. Although, they can be territorial. Firefish are easygoing and are a pleasure to watch in the tank. Usually, firefish eat suspended prey and need to eat a vitamin enriched diet to prevent fading. Their easy maintenance and beautiful coloring make them one of the best saltwater aquarium fish for beginners.
Melanurus Wrasses have bold and intricate color patterns. Also, they act as amazing pest controllers. These wrasses can eat pests and parasites such as flatworms. We recommend that you only have one per tank as they can be territorial. Lastly, this fish requires at least 3 inches of sand and a lid on top of the tank. They burrow at night and are known for jumping out of tanks.
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Orangetail Blue Damselfish
Blue Damselfish can live in any tank over 30 gallons. You can have multiple Damselfish, but you must provide ample hiding spots for them.