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Tropical Fish Terms to Know

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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    Jerry's Marine Life Inc
    12608 Us Highway 41 S, Gibsonton, FL 33534
    Our company specializes in wholesale tropical and saltwater fish and other marine life! Check out our extensive inventory today! From discus fish, to sea anemones and sponges, we have it all!
    (813) 741-2111
    Ftffa Co-op Store
    5129 Fl-674, Wimauma, FL 33598
    Whether you are a hobbyist or working in aquaculture, we're Wimauma, FL's, source for tropical fish supplies. Rely on us for the best products at amazing prices.
    (813) 658-5827
    Florida Tropical Fish Farm Association
    11120 S Us Highway 41, Gibsonton, FL 33534
    (813) 671-7812
    Animal House Inc
    8444 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33615
    (813) 882-4494
    Aqua Star Aquarium Center
    710 W Lumsden Rd, Brandon, FL 33511
    (813) 689-0713
    Animal House Pet Center
    413 62nd Ave N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
    (727) 527-9696
    Raley Tropical Fish Inc
    12305 Boyette Rd, Riverview, FL 33569
    (813) 671-0101
    Quality Goldfish
    4795 122nd Ave N, Clearwater, FL 33762
    (727) 572-4338
    Parker Ed Tropical Fish
    2700 36th Ave Se, Ruskin, FL 33570
    (813) 645-9710
    Florida Fish Farmer's Supply
    1010 E Shell Point Rd, Ruskin, FL 33570
    (813) 645-0682
    Burnett Tropical Fish
    3220 36th Ave Se, Ruskin, FL 33570
    (813) 645-3000
    Steve Simmons Aquatics Inc
    2707 36th Ave Se, Ruskin, FL 33570
    (813) 645-4241
    Living Color Tropical Fish
    5700 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
    (727) 546-2765
    Animal House Pet Center
    950 34th St N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
    (727) 328-0503
    Exotic Aquatics Aquarium Superstore
    2250 State Road 580, Clearwater, FL 33763
    (727) 724-3474

    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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