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Everyone who has set up their first saltwater aquarium has asked the question: "Which fish are the best to start with?"

There are a lot more things to consider with a marine fish than there are with a freshwater fish. Primarily, saltwater fish are more finicky than freshwater fish. Some fish are just plain easier than others, the more difficult fish are better left until your tank has settled in and you have more experience.
To help you populate your new tank with terrific fish which can make your new saltwater tank an instant success, we have highlighted some of the easier fish.
More: Reef Safe Fish are fish which will not destroy your corals and other reef tank inhabitants. Even if you don't have a reef tank (yet), plan ahead for the potential.
Photo by John Di Genua


May 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(1) James Birch says:

Damsels are a great saltwater aquarium fish to start off with. Damsels are hardy little creatures and can survive in poorer water conditions than many other marine species. They are not fussy about their food and won’t cost you the earth. Unfortunately damsels are also quite aggressive. You can easily keep one or two of these tough saltwater aquarium fish in a tank but don’t try any more than that.

Its best to start with damsels and then add more aggressive fish later, If you want to house saltwater aquarium fish that are more shy, you need to take your damsels out before adding more timid varieties of saltwater aquarium fishBackup Xbox 360 Games. Blue and yellow damsels are two species that are less aggressive than others.

November 7, 2010 at 12:45 am
(2) FortheFishes says:

The main question facing aquarists is how long these fish SHOULD live – not which ones are “good” for beginners. Yellow Tangs commonly live for decades in the wild. The oldest to date found on a Hawaii reef was 41 years old. If fish aren’t living for decades in marine tanks, they shouldn’t be sold in the hobby. Please don’t buy these animals – leave them in the wild, where they belong, or buy ONLY captive bred fish.

June 4, 2013 at 2:07 am
(3) Aquarium Brian says:

Most basslet fish seem to be hardy and robust. I would give them a try if Damsels were not available. Plus, If you don’t want to keep the Damsels forever you may not want to get them. They can be aggressive towards other fish.

June 20, 2013 at 4:40 am
(4) Custom Made Fish Tanks | James says:

I would go for less aggressive fish and just build my reef tank from there.

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