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Tropical or salt water fish can be challenging to take care of. Unlike fresh water fish, tropical fish need perfect conditions in which to live and thrive in a salt water tank. Before visiting your local tropical fish retail salesman, review the following terms and definitions to ensure tropical fish are a good pet match for you and your family.

  • Acidic - Keeping a salt water tank's pH levels regulated can be one of the more challenging aspects of owning a salt water aquarium. For tropical fish, acidic water can be quickly fatal, so it is essential not to let the pH drop below seven.
  • Basic - At the pet store, the retail salesman will likely tell you to keep your tank water slightly basic, or alkaline. This means the pH levels should remain generally between 7.5 and 8.5. Some breeds are much more sensitive, however, so the number and pH range will depend upon the species.
  • Filtration - All fish tanks need proper filtration to keep the marine life from being overcome by bacteria and waste products. Filtration can be performed with carbon filters, chemical sterilization, or fish nets.
  • Hard Water - Both fresh and salt water tanks can be susceptible to hard water. Hard water is simply a high concentration of salt in your tank's water.
  • Substrate - The material you use for the bottom of your fish tank is more important than you might think. For exotic tanks, the substrate may include living anemone, whereas fresh water tanks simply include rocks for aeration.
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    Tropic Travels
    N/A, Ventura, CA 93002
    Contact us at (805)648-4661 for a full service travel company that specializes in tropical destinations.Contact us at (805)648-4661 for a full service travel company that specializes in tropical desti
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    Vivid Aquarium
    21126 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91303
    Buy saltwater fish, corals, inverts, live rock and aquarium supplies from our store. We provide the best live fish and supplies so that your pets are cared for. Stop by today to see what we offer.
    (818) 348-3288
    Aquatic Designs
    4423 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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    (805) 967-9252
    User Review: "Clean store, great selection and very knowledgable owner. Bought 5 fish and after a week, all 5 were still thriving. Best..." - DB (CA)
    Extreme Marine
    1495 Palma Dr, Ventura, CA 93003
    (805) 644-3474
    Aquatic Reef Designs
    2186 Eastman Ave Ste 106, Ventura, CA 93003
    (805) 650-8300
    Fins Tropical Fish
    2175 Pickwick Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010
    (805) 389-1128
    Tat Tropical Illusion
    1374 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
    (805) 495-3220
    Peters Tropical Fish & Grooming
    1826 Erringer Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93065
    (805) 584-6664
    Aquatic Zoo Tropical Fish
    2655 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
    (805) 373-8511
    Simi Tropical Fish
    3885 Cochran St Ste G, Simi Valley, CA 93063
    (805) 522-6490
    Exotic Life Fish & Reptiles
    9919 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, CA 91311
    (818) 341-1007
    Fumi's Tropical Fish
    17606 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills, CA 91344
    (818) 363-3710
    West Coast Aquarium Supply Co
    7252 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335
    (818) 881-2833
    Coral Reef Inc
    7625 Hayvenhurst Ave Ste 19, Van Nuys, CA 91406
    (818) 997-7033
    Aquatic Designs-sb
    4425 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    Our shop has a large selection of salt and freshwater fish. Our full-service installation store carries coral, freshwater plants, and seahorses for your reef aquarium.
    (805) 692-9302

    Tropical fish are freshwater or saltwater fish that come from tropical water environments, and are popular pet choices because of their bright exotic colors. Generally, fishkeepers or people who collect fish in home aquariums and large fish tanks, refer to tropical fish as freshwater fish, while saltwater fish are known as marine tropical fish. Although both are great pet choices, remember to chose one type for compatibility purposes. Tropical fish can be wild-caught species that are imported, such as marine coral reef fish. These are a popular pet option for fishkeepers. Some scuba divers even enjoy catching their own fish during a dive and then exporting them back to their home country. Other types of tropical fish for sale are single species like Angel and Betta fish that are breed in captivity. There are also hybrids of two species of tropical fish, bred together to achieve characteristics like long fins, bright spots, or a larger size. Tropical fish retail stores or websites are a great way to find out more about owning and maintaining your own home aquarium or fish tank. They can help you narrow down if you would prefer a saltwater or freshwater fish aquarium by discussing the different filtration systems, lighting options, sea plants, and supplies needed. Find out which tank you will need to sterilize more often and which types of fish need more food, and weigh this with how much upkeep and money you want to spend. Don't forget to inquire about what types of fish you can purchase, like Oscar fish, and if they have nontraditional options like sea anemone, invertebrates, or sponges. This can be the most entertaining part! Enjoy giving your fish fun names such as Nemo or Jaws.
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