Saltwater Fish

 Beginner Saltwater Fish

The beginner saltwater fish enthusiast has entered a saltwater aquarium hobby which is like no other hobby. It will be difficult to resist the temptation to pile in the most exotic of the saltwater fish species, such as most angelfish, anthias, butterflyfish, lionfish, wrasses, etc. But the beginning saltwater aquarist really should avoid these species, which are relatively fragile. The last thing you want is to spend a lot of time and money setting up your aquarium, only to have your fish sick and dying within a couple of weeks or months. Far better to start slowly, populate with hardier species, and get the hang of maintaining the appropriate marine environment with a group of aquatic pets that can survive your mistakes.

A few good beginner saltwater fish speciies that you can consider are damsels and chromis, basslets, dottybacks, pseudochromis, certain clownfish (preferably captive-bred), blennies, gobies, cardinalfish, hawkfish, among others.

The beginner should probably avoid most angel fish, butterflies, certain tangs (surgeonfish), pipefish, filefish and seahorses.

Any type of larger fish species or carnivorous type might well be put on the "later" list as well, until you have a bit more experience with the smaller guys. Also keep in mind that certain species simply don't get along with others (or even others just like themselves).

Eventually, these more exotic saltwater fish will be within your reach, along with that 100+ gallon tank and all of the state-of-the-art accessories. But for now, take your time, and have lots of fun as the incredible world of saltwater aquariums begins to come alive under your patience and guidance.


Recommended List of Beginner Saltwater Fish 

  The beginner saltwater aquarium fish in this section are tropical saltwater species that have proven to be hardy, undemanding, and well-suited for the beginning hobbyist. By following our advice on care and compatability, you will find that keeping a successful saltwater fish aquarium can be both a rewarding and fascination experience!

Damsel fish
Australian Orangetail Damselfish
Australian Tasmanian Devil
Blue Damselfish
Blue Green Chromis
Black and Gold Chromis
Domino Damselfish
Electric Blue Damselfish
Jewel Damselfish
Neon Velvet Damselfish
Three Stripe Damselfish 
  
Basslets, Dottybacks, Pseudochromis
Royal Gramma Basslet
Chalk Basslet
Black Cap Basslet
Tobacco Basslet
Swissguard Basslet
Orchid Dottyback
Neon Dottyback
Magenta Pseudochromis
Bicolor Psudochromis
Diadema Pseudochromis
 

Blennies, Gobies
Bicolor Blenny
Barnacle Blenny
Bullet Goby
Diamond Watchman Goby
Engineer Goby
Sailfin/Algae Blenny
Green Clown Goby
Midas Blenny
Orange Striped Goby
Orange Firefish Goby
Blennies, Gobies
Randall's Goby
Red Lip Algae Blenny
Scissortail Goby
Tiger Watchman Goby
Tank Raised Neon Goby
Tank Raised Gold Stripe Neon Goby
Tank Raised Red Head Goby
Twinspot Goby
Yellow Clown Goby
Pink & Blue Striped Goby
 
Pink & Blue Watchman  
Clownfish
(We recommend Tank raised)
Tank Raised Tomato Clowns
Tank Raised Australian Black Percula's
Tank Raised Gold Band Maroon
Tank Raised White Band Maroon
Tank Raised Ocellaris
Tank Raised True Percula's
 
Cardinal Fish
Tank Raised Bangai Cardinals
Pajama Cardinal
Flame Cardinal
Hawk Fish
Flame Hawk
Freckled Hawk
Longnose Hawk
Pixie Hawk
Spotted Hawk
Angel Fish
Pygmy Angel
Coral Beauty Angel 

Surgeon fish
Yellow Tang
Foxface Lo