Beginning Hobbyist Guide to Stocking a Marine Fish-Only / FOWLR Aquarium

This guide is intended to help out hobbyists who are new to keeping saltwater fish or new to the aquarium hobby in general and would like to start off with a saltwater aquarium. The livestock stocking advice given is intended to be somewhat generic in nature in that it is based on basic filtration, water flow and beginning marine aquarium experience. While advanced filtration, protein skimming, live rock, water changes, sumps with live plants or algae scrubbers will greatly enhance the number of fish on can keep and the speed at which they are added to the aquarium, this guide assumes basic filtration in the form of a simple wet/dry filter or canister filter. We will touch on all the major factors that are involved with properly stocking a saltwater fish-only or FOWLR aquarium and all recommendations will error on the side of caution. The goal of this beginners guide is to give the beginning marine aquarium hobbyist a solid footing with which to make good decisions on how many and which fish they should keep in their new marine aquarium.

When stocking a saltwater fish-only aquarium, there are four main areas to consider before you invest in your first fish. These four very important aspects of stocking a marine aquarium are dissolved water chemistry, filtration system capabilities, fish compatibility and fish size & swimming habits, all of which are factors in selecting fish livestock. The following discussion breaks down each of these areas to provide the beginning marine aquarium hobbyist with the basic information they will need to quickly be on your way to successfully stocking your marine fish aquarium.

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Acclimating Corals to the marine reef aquarium

This Hobbyist Guide focuses on the steps a hobbyist should take to safely add a marine coral to their reef aquarium. The recommended steps are clearly laid out, so that a hobbyist of any level will benefit from this guide. Notes and warnings are included for areas that require special attention or are common areas where new hobbyists typically make mistakes.

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Introduction to Acropora Corals in the Home Reef Aquarium

Introduction to Acropora Corals gives marine reef aquarium hobbyists an overview of Acropora Corals especially as it relates to keeping them in the home aquarium environment.

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