Selecting Underwater Or Offshore Fish

There are many things to consider when selecting fish. You need to ensure that you have the experience to provide for the fish you finally choose, that the fish you get are healthy, and that they are appropriate for the fish you actually have.

As a starting point, it is very importance that you only buy very healthy fish because the best way to keep strong healthy fish is initially strong healthy fish. Buying a fish because it doesn’t look well or happy and you feel sorry for it and want to give it a better home in your display water tank is not a good idea. An ill fish can introduce diseases into your water tank that can infect your other fish, and may even make them die. It helps to become familiar with a species of fish before you buy it as this will assist you to be clear on just what it should look and behave like. Ensure the fish looks alert with clean clear eyes, fins and weighing machines. It is also important that the fish appears eager to feed and can maintain its position in the water column. And finally, as a preventative measure, only buy from a clean healthy store that you trust.

To break this down I merely refer to all fish as number 1, number 2, or number 3 fish. I refer to number 1 fish as fish that most people can easily keep in regular aquarium tank conditions. Number 2 fish are fish that from my experience work for some people and not for others and number 3 fish being people who don’t work for most people.

Some situations of number 1 fish are Damsels, Clownfish, Dottyback, Triggerfish, Pufferfish, Foxface, Rabbitfish, most Wrasse, most Tangs, Blennies, Cardinal fish, lionfish. Some situations of number 2 fish are, most Tangs, Boxfish, Angels, Gobies, Sweetlip. Some situations of number 3 fish are Moorish idol, Powdered Blue Tang, Achilles Tangs, Anthias, Filefish, pipefish, Mandarin fish, Butterfly fish.

Many people select underwater fish by wondering into aquarium tank shores and exploring until they see a fish that gets their attention at that time, they will them ask the staff member ends to them if this fish should go with the handful of their fish that they be sure you name. If the staff member says yes then that is a green light to buy the fish. This process takes very little into consideration and will as often as not result in the person purchasing a fish that was improbable to work right away.

After a considerable amount of time and money, the person will begin to understand which fish work in their aquarium tank, mind you most will have abandoned underwater fish before this time has occured. As opposed to the impulse approach where you slowly learn the hard lesions of fish selection, I strongly recommend you start with a wish list.

A wish list is simply a list of fish that you would like to keep together in your water tank. The sweetness of a wish list is that you are able to show it to other experience aquarists to get their opinions on what these fish are likely to go together. If you have fish already it’s fine to use them to the the top of wish list to reduce the chance of adding other fish that wont work with the fish you have. If you have a wish list you are likely to seek out experts to ask in order to gain the right advise. With the impulse approach you are far more likely to ask the nearest sales rep and hope that they know. With the wish list you are able to use the opinions of a range of experts to save you a lot of time and money learning hard lesson in some recoverable format instead of with real fish. This is a very responsible and economical approach.