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Beginner Saltwater Aquarium Fish


Choosing the right saltwater fish for your first saltwater tank can be confusing. On one hand you do not want to buy fish that will be difficult to care for, but on the other hand you want the popular, awesome looking marine fish that will give you a beautiful aquarium with a rainbow of colors. To help you fill those desires we for you a large selection of over 50 great looking popular marine popular marine fish which will help you create a great looking aquarium but still your chosen fish are hardy with very few needs to stay healthy.

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Blue Eye Golden Midas Blenny

Ecsenius midas, Africa
Picture of the Golden Midas Blenny, Ecsenius midas
YouTube Video of the Golden Midas Blenny


Description: The Blue Eyed Golden Midas Blenny is the best looking of all the Midas Blennies. With there golden body and bright neon blue eyes these beauties from the African coast are an excellent reef tank species. The Golden Midas is an entertaining captive, with its unique movements and often changing coloration. Perfect for 30 gallon or larger, can be a great choice for beginning marine aquarist's and advanced hobbyists alike. Golden Midas Blennies swim with a rather undulating motion and have been compared to eels in their movements. They are considered to be quite alert and active, and are often the first fish in the community to come to feed when items are placed into the aquarium.

Tank Size: Minimum tank size of 30 gallons with live rock.

Feeding: The Golden Midas Blenny is an omnivore requiring a proper diet of meaty and plant based foods. For a diet provide finely chopped meaty foods such as crab, shrimp, oyster, and clam along with mysis, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp,and a good frozen herbivore preparation.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef CompatibilityExcellent

Approximate Purchase Size: Large - 3 inches to 4 inches






$49.99



Captive Bred
Kaudern's Cardinalfish

Pterapogon Kauderni
Picture of Captive Bred Kaudern's Cardinalfish, Pterapogon Kauderni
Description: The Kaudern's Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) is a small tropical cardinalfish (family Apogonidae). Also known as the Banggai Cardinalfish or Longfin Cardinalfish, it has a majority of silver highlighted by black striping and white dots on the body and on the long fins. P. kauderni is a mouthbrooding species with no planktonic larval stage, which makes it among one of the easiest marine species to breed in captivity. The male holds the fertilized eggs in his mouth until full development, and releases them as juveniles. Banggai Cardinals have a spawn size of anywhere from 12 to 50 fry, which develop in the male's mouth for 20-24 days. They will spawn every 30 days and it is not uncommon to observe this in home aquaria. The juveniles emerge ready to take newly hatched brine shrimp. For these reasons, this is a species many home aquarists have bred and reared.

Tank Recommendations: You need a minimum of a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with live rock for caves and hiding places. Keep with peaceful tank mates. May be kept in small groups of up to a 1/2 dozen but keep away from large groups unless you have an aquarium of 125 gallons or more.

Feeding: Requires a well balanced diet of meaty foods such as feeder shrimp, flake foods, pellet foods, marine flesh, bloodworms, and depending on its size, live feeder fish.

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef CompatibilityExcellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1"


$24.99 ea. ~ 3 for $69.99


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Red Spotted Pajama Cardinals

Sphaeramia nematoptera
Picture of Red Spotted Pajama Cardinal Fish, Sphaeramia nematoptera

Description: A hardy and peaceful fish that can live many years in a marine aquarium, the Pajama cardinal fish (Sphaeramia nematoptera) is a species of fish belonging to the Apogonidae family. It is a popular aquarium fish. It grows to a total length of about 2.5 inches and features distinctive red eyes and a broad dark vertical 'waistband' with scattered red spots toward the tail with a rainbow of other colors around the boday. It is considered to be of low vulnerability, and is distributed throughout much of the West Pacific, from Java to Fiji, and from the Ryukyu Islands south to the Great Barrier Reef. It will typically not bother other fish, or invertebrates and is therefore considered reef safe. As they are a social fish, it is common to keep them in groups of five or more. They have been known to breed in captivity, unlike most marine fish, but captive bred specimens are only rarely available. Interesting fact: If they are kept with a long spined sea urchin they will hide among the spines when they feel threatened.

Tank Recommendations: Red Spotted Pajama Cardinal fish should be kept in small schools in suitably sized aquariums of at least 30 gallons. Because the Spotted Cardinalfish is a slow and methodical swimmer, it should be housed with peaceful tankmates and offered a plethora of hiding places amongst rockwork or plants. Most Spotted Cardinal fish will tend to hide in sea grass or other plants. Some may also camouflage themselves against long spined sea urchins. Like many other schooling fish, the Spotted Cardinal fish will form a strict hierarchy when kept in small groups within the aquarium. However, unlike some social fish, this member of the Apogonidae family does not use aggression to exert dominance over other cardinalfish.

Feeding:The Spotted Cardinal fish requires a well balanced diet of meaty foods such as feeder shrimp, flake foods, pellet foods, marine flesh, bloodworms, and depending on its size, live feeder fish.
Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility Excellent
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"

$15.99 ea. ~ 3 for $45.99

Electric Blue Damselfish
Abudefdul cyaneus
Picture of Electric Blue Damselfish

Identification: These fish look incredible under actinic or moonlight lighting! A constant center of the tank swimmer, that does well in groups. One of the best selling marine fish in the United States, beginning hobbyists love the Blue Damselfish because of its hardiness and small size, while advanced aquarists enjoy the activity and beautiful coloration brings to the aquarium.

Tank Recommendations: The aquarium should be a minimum of 30 gallons and contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rock or coral to create small nooks and hiding places.

Food and diet: Damsels require a varied diet of meaty foods, such as mysis and vitamin-enriched shrimp. It is always best to feed several small meals throughout the day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 1+ hours

Reef Compatibility: Reef or Community Aquarium

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1-1/2"

Qty 1 $11.99 Qty 3 $35.97 Qty 6 $71.94


Golden Belly Damselfish
Pomacentril auriventra
Picture of Golden Belly Damselfish

Identification: : The Golden Belly Damselfish is found off the island of Bali on coral reefs and rubble flats, usually close to the bottom, as it feeds on zooplankton and other tastey morsals. It is most often observed in pairs or loose groups. With an iridescent metallic blue top half and the bottom half and the tail is bright yellow gold, usually forming a sharp L-shaped color change towards the rear of the fish.


Tank Recommendations: The aquarium should be a minimum of 30 gallons and contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rock or coral to create small nooks and hiding places.

Food and diet: Damsels require a varied diet of meaty foods, such as mysis and vitamin-enriched shrimp. It is always best to feed several small meals throughout the day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 1+ hours

Reef Compatibility: Reef or Community Aquarium

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1-1/2"

Qty 1 $11.99 Qty 3 $35.97 Qty 6 $71.94

3 Stripe Damselfish
Dascyllus aruanus
Picture of 3 Stripe Damselfish

Identification: The 3 Stripe Damselfishfish is somewhat aggressive, its home should be able to easily accommodate multiple specimens. It is a good fish for beginners, and makes an ideal companion fish for a saltwater tank of over 30 gallons, and a great companion for reefs and invertebrate tanks. Its hardiness and small size make it one of the most common fish used for cycling a saltwater tank.

Tank Recommendations: The aquarium should be a minimum of 30 gallons and contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rock or coral to create small nooks and hiding places.

Food and diet: Damsels require a varied diet of meaty foods, such as mysis and vitamin-enriched shrimp. It is always best to feed several small meals throughout the day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 1+ hours

Reef Compatibility: Reef or Community Aquarium

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1-1/2"

Qty 1 $11.99 Qty 3 $35.97 Qty 6 $71.94

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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.
*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a guarantee restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restricted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to malnutrition.