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Friday, May 13, 2011

How To Turn A Freshwater Aquarium Into A Saltwater Aquarium Part 2

Now that you have the majority of the aquarium complete, there are two factors left that will complete the look: lighting and fish.

Step #4: Lighting

Lighting will make all the difference in the final look of the aquarium.

Saltwater aquarium lighting can be very pricey if you own a reef or have live plants. But since this is a freshwater setup, you don't need the expensive lighting. I have found some lighting that will do the trick of giving off the right type of light that you want without the huge electricity bill.

Introducing: The Nova brand T5 lighting actinic bulbs.

A friend of mine gave me this type of lighting for my aquarium and I found it gave the perfect setup that I was looking for.

This lighting doesn't need a fan or cooling system but these do get warm after being on for a little while.

Once you install the lights, you will have completed the entire look of the aquarium minus the fish! :)

If you are curious to see what this light looks like once installed, check out the picture on the left; This is my aquarium.

Step #5: Add Fish

This part is the most fun out of the whole process. If you want to complete the saltwater look, get fish that look similar to . Here are some examples for fish that will work.

*Please remember to check the compatibility of all the fish that you are putting together. The fish that I list here may not all be compatible with each other.

If you would like to purchase any of these freshwater versions, please click on the picture and you will get a direct link to the company's website. Please do your homework and thoroughly research any and all fish before purchasing them. :)

Angelfish look very similar to the French Angel.
Pterophyllum scalare Pomacanthus paru

There are some freshwater eels that do look similar to the saltwater relatives. The one pictured below is actually a brackish water eel, so technically it is freshwater. (Don't try to keep these guys in freshwater though; they will die)
Gymnothorax tile Muraena retifera

Although not a perfect match, the does look similar to a . The catfish does tend to swim similar to a shark. Do remember though that catfish can and will outgrow many aquariums.

Pimelodus pictus

Yellow Labs
Last but not least are yellow labs. They are a very beautiful colorful fish and look very similar to a yellow clown goby.

Pseudotropheus saulosi - Juvenile Gobiodon okinawae