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Educational: Temecula tropical fish pros and cons between fresh and saltwater

Looks. Saltwater Reef Fish win heads down. There are many beautiful freshwater tropical fish out there, however!

Behavior. Because you'll find it much easier to breed freshwater fish over saltwater fish, you'll find that aspect of their behavior much more interesting.

Breeding. Much harder to breed saltwater over freshwater.

Cost. Saltwater fish cost much more than freshwater fish. This is because they are still captured in the wild whereas many freshwater fish are bred in captivity.

Taking Care of them. Saltwater fish are harder to maintain than freshwater. This is because with saltwater fish, you've got a lot more to deal with in the tank water chemistry. Their salt water mix has more you need to be concerned about.

Error Tolerance. Freshwater fish are more tolerant of deviations in their environment than saltwater fish are. This is because out in the ocean, saltwater fish normally don't have as much change in their water conditions that they've had to accept in the past.

Size. Saltwater fish tend to need larger tanks than freshwater. This becomes an issue with space in your home and costs for the tank.

In the Beginning

Archeological evidence of fish-keeping dates back to the Sumerians (2500 BC) and the Babylonians (500 BC). Egyptians considered fish sacred, worshiping the Nile Perch among others. Romans also kept fish in tanks but perhaps not for as decorative purposes as the Chinese; keeping them fresh for the dinner table!

Ornamental Purposes 

The Chinese kept carp and started breeding them selectively during the Sung Dynasty (960-1279). Records show these fish were kept for purely decorative purposes; people were forbidden to eat them.

Ornamental goldfish made their way into Europe by 1691.

According to Tullock, the 17th century diarist, Samuel Pepys, referred to seeing fish being kept in a bowl and referred to the set up as "exceedingly fine."

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