The Better Water: Choosing between Saltwater and Freshwater Aquariums

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So you’ve finally decided to start an aquarium. It could be for a number of reasons, but whatever your motivation is, there’s a question to answer—will you be having a saltwater aquarium or a freshwater aquarium?

There definitely are changes between the aquariums. The most obvious would be the fish you can keep in them. In a saltwater aquarium, you can have fish living in the sea. The same is not true for the freshwater aquarium, which should only be populated with fish living in freshwater.

Here are some tips on how you can decide which is easier to cultivate between the two.

Freshwater aquariums are easier to cultivate

If you want to start a hobby in aquariums, the easier choice is to start with freshwater aquariums. It’s a good introduction to the world of rearing fish specimens and maintaining an aquarium. They are also easier to clean and the water is simpler to replace than saltwater.

Freshwater tanks are also more affordable

Between saltwater and freshwater aquariums, the cheaper choice is the latter. Freshwater aquariums can be small and you won’t have a hard time looking for fish for it. There is a lot that goes into saltwater aquarium maintenance that are too complicated for someone starting with aquariums.

Saltwater tanks are for people who are hands-on

While some people see the carefree maintenance of a freshwater tank a boon, some people would prefer the meticulous process of keeping a saltwater aquarium. With specimens found in a saltwater aquarium come live food, filtration, and pH levels that need to be balanced.

Saltwater aquariums have vibrant species

There is something that saltwater tanks have over freshwater aquariums—they are built to impress. The fish found in saltwater aquariums are slightly more vibrant than their freshwater counterparts. You better take care of them, though, as they are also more fragile.

Freshwater tanks are popular for being low maintenance

With freshwater tanks, you simply do not have to worry about live food and pH balances; fish in freshwater aquariums can be left to their own devices. It’s also easier to populate and create the habitat in a freshwater aquarium.

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