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Behemoth Reef Fish

The larger fish available to marine aquarists should only be kept in massive aquariums.

By Scott W. Michael |

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When it comes to keeping marine organisms in a glass box, size does matter. The size of the box and the size of the animals we intend to keep will impact how long these organisms remain in our aquariums. I do believe that when you purchase a fish, you should look at keeping it for its entire life. Therefore, when selecting one of the many saltwater fish species for your home aquarium, one of the first things you should investigate is the potential size of that particular species. Yes, it is very important to know what the fish eats. Yes, it is important to know how hardy the fish is. However, the potential maximum length of the fish should be the first thing you consider. If you don’t have the funds for an enormous aquarium, you certainly don’t want to pick up a juvenile specimen of some piscine behemoth.

In this article, you’ll find a survey of some of the larger fish species available to marine aquarists. These are sometimes referred to as “tankbusters” by those who covet them. While these fish can be housed in extremely large home aquariums, make sure you consider their space and other husbandry requirements before putting one of these big boys in your tank.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the September 2011 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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