Fish keeping is a peaceful and entertaining hobby. Once you are done with all the haggling to build yourself an aquarium, then simply by taking time to just look at it you can relax and sooth your senses. The diversity and complexity of the marine life in the tank can rejuvenate through its visual appeal. Saltwater aquariums specifically, they tend to consist of more colorful and unique varieties of life compared to freshwater fishes.
If you want a saltwater tank, you need to be familiarized with the fact that due to the variety of aquatic life and trouble in reproducing them, many fish in a saltwater fish tank are directly take from the sea. So in such a way this contributes to the cost, as a significant portion of the costs of shipping and handling of the fish is passed on you.
Starting a saltwater tank is for many reasons a lot different from getting a freshwater tank sorted out.
You will require aquarium heaters to preserve the environment of your tank at temperature levels which your fish can bear and flourish in.
Be careful to select the right heater for the tank size and the fish that you intend to keep. Often when heater problems occur it is due to the heater being of the improper wattage to meet heating requirements of an aquarium in the location it occupies. Too high a wattage can result in rapid temperature rises that can result in cooked fish if you make adjustment mistakes. It is important of all heaters, regardless of type to maintain good circulation around the heater for the best results for temperature control and accuracy.
There are Air Stones which you would need to keep in your tank. These are needed to aerate the water for fishes to live healthily.
In addition to the above materials I just mentioned you would need sea salt mix, so that you can recreate the saltwater condition and make the fish feel at home! There is a requirement for a hydrometer too, which would help you to monitor the state of the water in your saltwater tank.
Now when you are done with the preparation work, its time to choose your fish. A favorite for some are Damsels. They are probably the best saltwater fish for novices. They are not fussy eaters and are conditioned to endure in different water conditions. Another popular option is Clownfish. This species once again are hardier and can endure negative conditions in a saltwater aquarium. This particular fish is not an aggressive fish and loves to live with other tank mates in peace and harmony. However if there are lots of clownfish in your tank they tend to be more aggressive.
You might also consider having Tangs in your tank. Tangs are very useful in cleaning up the tank from algae. If there are not a big collection of algae in your saltwater tank for Tangs to eat, you just need to take care that they are supplied with their stable diet.