Long ago I had a marine aquarium and I loved it. So many colors, so many busy, busy little beasties doing their thing. Although the tanks are more complicated today, I still hope to have another one day, and until then I build imaginary tanks.
Top Ten Things in my Imaginary Marine Aquarium:
1. Yellow Tang — An aquarium is a very visual, so adding some sunshine to my underwater world is just the thing. Yellow Tangs are vegetarian, brilliant yellow fish that don’t cause trouble. They get along with everyone and are my number one favorite fish of all times.
2. Ocellaris Clownfish — I think ‘symbiotic’ when I think of clownfish. They are very colorful, but it is their relationship with anemones that I find fascinating. Because they like to hide inside the anemone’s tentacles, they never venture far and tend to be nonaggressive.
3. Half Black Angelfish — I came across this fish when doing some research. I like the look of it, but I don’t know enough about it to have it in a real tank. One aggressive inhabitant can bring down a tank in days.
4. Rose Bulb Anemone — I chose this one because clownfish can partner up with them and I liked the color. This anemone has stingers, and can move, so it may or may not get along with the other stationary creatures in my imaginary tank.
5. Feather Dusters — I love these guys. They sway like palm trees in a summer breeze. I’d have five or six of them bunched together like a mini forest. Because they are filter feeders and cowards, disappearing into their tubes when disturbed, they will get along with all their neighbors.
6. Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp — I saw these little guys in action. They really clean the other fish in the tank. All the fish has to do is swim up and float, and let the shrimp tidy them up.
7. Electric Flame Scallop — they look so mild mannered and well behaved. When open they have tentacles that reach out and filter feed and remind me of a anemone. When excited they shoot across the tank is if powered by a jet engine.
8. Mushroom Corals — Now from here I have no experience. All I’ve done is some reading and dreaming. The new thing (could be an old thing by now) is to have live corals in marine aquariums. I chose easy care soft coral, but would still talk to someone before adding anything like this to a real tank. They are expensive, but if cared for correctly will never need to be replaced.
9. Montipora Coral — is a hard coral that also is easier care. Everything I stated in number eight applies here as well.
10. Live sand — I’d be looking for one that has a neutral color, maybe crushed shell and coral. Again same thing that went for number eight and nine applies here. I have no experience with it.
That’s my list. In my imaginary tank everyone gets along and has a wonderful time. I pulled all my pics from marine supply sites and linked to them if you want to learn more. Enjoy.