Best Fish For A Marine Aquarium
Aquariums are a beautiful addition to any home. With all the hustle and bustle of city life, having a feel of nature can seem to be almost impossible. Watching your fish swim around in the aquarium, darting through the faux caves as well as the seaweed and rocks you placed to mimic its natural habitat can be quite therapeutic, giving you a feel of being by the seaside. The whole experience is pretty much like a mini vacation to the beach without having to leave your home. However, to achieve an aesthetic effect with your aquarium, you will certainly need the right kind of fish. Having to witness piranhas or eels slithering around is not everyone’s cup of tea and can turn out more horrifying than relaxing. So, if you are after only the best, we can help with that. Read on for the best fish for an amazing looking marine fish aquarium.
1. Harlequin Tusk
This moderate sized fish, with its distinct red stripes, bordered with blue is quite the sight for sore eyes and would look incredible swimming around in your aquarium. Some fish are very laid back, coasting along in the aquarium not particularly active. The Harlequin Tusk though is very active to the point of being semi-aggressive. If you will be having other species in your aquarium consider those with a similar temperament that can hold their own against the Harley. Some fish have a tendency to nip at corals – not the Harlequin Tusk though; it’s culinary tastes are pretty much limited to smaller fish like shrimp. This colorful fish is quite pricey with it being sold at over $90. It is understandable, as it would be sinful for such beauty to come cheap.
2. The Emperor Angelfish
Emperor Angelfish is another looker. Just don’t let the name fool you. If you had conjured up in your mind images of a whitish, nearly translucent fish, you might as well ditch it as this fish looks nothing like its name. This blue-black fish has a pair of dark ‘sunshades’ on with an attitude to boot. One cannot look at this fish without immediately recalling Cyclops of the X – Men, the mutant who wears a visor across his eyes to protect mankind from its glare. The Emperor Angelfish’s attitude usually makes it the leader of the pack, ‘Kingfish” in whichever aquarium blessed with its presence. With its oblong shape, large ‘forehead’ and ‘masked’ eyes, that is a smart decision on the part of the other fish.
3. The Flame Angelfish
This next brightly colored fish is an eye-catching addition to an aquarium. With its bright orange color, your aquarium will be the main attraction in your home especially when a guest comes over. However, be aware that the Flame Angelfish does not joke with its stomach and it is a bit ironic how much it loves to eat considering how the black Bengal Tiger-like stripes across its body make it look almost barbecued itself. It likes to do quite a fair bit of munching and will nip at corals if you have any placed in your aquarium. Wondering how to keep your fish from eating up the aquarium décor? It is simple, be sure that they are well fed (and on time too). If it takes you too long to bust out the food, this fish will handle itself.
4. The Marine Betta
Prefer your aquarium with fishes that are much more earthy toned? If yes, the Marine Betta is just the fish for you. Mild tempered and brownish in color with a generous sprinkling of white dots, this ‘polka dotted’ is one hardy fish. Don’t let its calm disposition fool you as this fish has been known to survive pandemics that have taken out an entire tank of fish even with open wounds that somehow manage to escape getting a bacterial infection. This fish, although large in size, is a gentle giant known to be shy. However, this shyness does not prevent it from cannibalizing smaller fish.
5. The Volitan Lionfish
This baby is a true showpiece in any aquarium it is placed. With its zebra-like black and white stripes and long parts sticking out every which way on its body like some aquarium pincushion, it sure is not hard to see why. It would not be surprising if this show stopper was super expensive but amazingly, with as little as $40, you can have the Volitan Lionfish gracing your tank. This fish has a large appetite and is not particularly finicky about food. Its openness to all kinds of food means other fish are fair game. Solve the problem by making sure other species in the aquarium can’t fit in its mouth.
6. The Lyretail Anthias
The Lyretail Anthias is a very ‘feminine’ looking fish with its hot pink hue. As it turns out, it is the males who often sport this brilliant pink coloring as the Lady Lyretail Anthias usually have an orange color. This fish, while being quite the beauty, comes with some amazing in-built ‘powers’. A female Lyretail Anthias can change its sex to male if theRE is a scarcity of ‘men’. This polygamous fish prefers to have multiple partners especially with the females being in the majority. The Lyretail Anthias sure is no feminist fish. This pretty and sociable fish can be yours without hurting your wallet too bad, as it goes for about $30.
7. The Lineatus Fairy Wrasse
If you do not mind shelling out more coins than usual to get your aquarium to the Guinness Book of Records standards, the Lineatus Fairy Wrasse is the fish for you. With its bright, neon, multicolored body, this fish was born to be shown off. And show it off you will – as soon as you can gather up at least $200 to pick one up that is. This beautiful fish is quite a humble one with a peaceful temperament. No showing off for this wrasse. Beauty and calmness all in one 5’’ bundle is quite the catch. Little wonder the Lineatus Fairy Wrasse is in such high demand by aquarium owners.