Adding Fish to a Saltwater Aquarium

Adding fish to a saltwater aquarium take some consideration. You must first determine what kind of fish you would like to have, and then research their characteristics to determine if they are right for you and your tank. It is not as easy as just going to a fish store and picking out fish you like and then tossing them in your tank. For example, puffer fish are pretty and cool, but most are not reef or coral safe. Damsels are very colorful, but are aggressive fish, which can cause a lot of stress on other fish in your tank. Here are some of the reef-safe fish we have added to our tank that should behave quite well with the clownfish we already have.

Blue-Green Chromis (Chromis viridis)

Adding Fish to a Saltwater Aquarium

The Blue-Green Chromis is a type of damselfish that flashes iridescent light blue and apple green. They are native to the Indo-Pacific region, grow to about 3 inches and are quite hardy. They are good eaters and considered great beginner fish. It is best to keep them in schools of odd numbers. We chose to add three to our tank and they immediately settled in. Damsel’s can be agressive, but we have had no issues with them not fighting with the clownfish and are eating quite well. The clownfish seem to be very curious about the new additions.

Sharknose Goby (Gobiosoma evelynae)

Adding Fish to a Saltwater Aquarium

These little guys were hard to identify, as we were calling him a Neon Gobies. However, there are so many different types of Goby species, we had to do a little research to find out the exact type. We believe they are Sharknose Gobies because of the yellow “V” marking on the nose. These specific Sharknose Gobies are found in the Central Bahamas down to northern South America. They stay quite small and grow only to 4cm in length. Their most distinctive feature is the fused pelvic fins that create a disc-shaped sucker. Gobies are often found using this sucker to stick to the glass, rocks or corals.

Adding Fish to a Saltwater Aquarium

They have been fun additions, each with their own personality if you can believe it. For example, one Goby swims very little, hopping from rock to rock every now and then, while the other one doesn’t seem to realize he is a Goby and swims with the Chromis.

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