The Real Cost of a Saltwater Aquarium

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-08-22T16:10:13Z

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Before You Start

You don't want to turn your saltwater tank into a hotbed of disease. While new hobbyists may overload an aquarium with fish or live rock, even those with experience sometimes have insufficient filtration systems or wrongly treat diseases. Others may put incompatible livestock together, such as the brightly colored fish from the wrasse family with a hermit crab. Just a matter of time before the hermit crab becomes dinner. The point: Read books and do research.

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