Tahlequah Daily Press

Online Exclusives

December 18, 2013

Starting an aquarium

TAHLEQUAH — One good reference for anyone considering starting a salt water aquarium can be found at the website Homeaquaria.com. Dennis Hanson encourages readers who keeping a salt water aquarium is not as hard as they might have heard. Maintaining a saltwater aquarium can be a challenge because saltwater fish are more sensitive to changes in the water and their environmental surroundings. The pH levels must be carefully monitored to ensure a stable and comfortable environment for all the fish, and some species are hardier than others.

The 10 Best Saltwater aquarium fish for beginners are, in no particular order, Coral Beauties, Butterfly Fish, Watchman Goby, Tangs, Talbot’s Damsel, Firefish, Chalk Bass. Wrasses, Dottyback, and Blennys

Coral Beauty Angelfish add color, but despite it’s name, are not coral fans. Some live rock in the tank are needed to act as hiding places. They do best in larger tanks of 70 gallons or more. Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations are the best foods for them.

Dotted, striped multi-colored, hundreds of varieties of Butterfly Fish species swim about in the world’s oceans. Diets will vary by species so check the requirements at time of purchase.

Bluespotted or Pink Spotted Watchman Goby are the most common, but they come in a variety of colors. It isn't always aquarium friendly with it's own species though because unless mated, it may bully other gobies. But they are compatible with most other species. Bluespotted Watchman Goby enjoy a meal of mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and table shrimp.

Tang come in many colors and have as many different temperaments as colors. They don't always like other Tangs and can be aggressive toward them. Their diet varies so discuss that at time of purchase. Because of its swimming style they are better suited to tanks a minimum of 100 gallons.

Known as a hardy fish Talbot's Damsel has a long life span, if not exposed to fights, illness or tank issues. As they age they may become aggressive to other fish species, as the “cranky old person” of the tank.

One of the smaller fish, colorful Firefish are easygoing, get along well with their neighbors and like to dart about, so they can usually get away if another fish chases them. Zooplankton and algae found in the tank, and brine fish (live or frozen), mysis shrimp and prepared foods are their favorites.

Resistant to illness and changes in water quality, the Chalk Bass are usually smaller than three inches and happy in smaller aquariums. To avoid aggressiveness issues add multiple Chalk Bass in the aquarium at the same time.

Known for burying themselves in the sand and hiding throughout the rock, Wrasses are a brightly colored species. A quantity of live rock are needed to keep them happy. They are good neighbors. Tank size should be considered for different species, especially the larger ones.

Dottyback swim with a snake-like slithering motion. A tank bred Dottyback will be hardiest. They prefer meaty foods like brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods. Add Dottyback to the tank at the same time to prevent any territorial or aggressiveness issues.

Serene and peaceful, Blennys have a great personality, often taking on the role of tank observer when squeezed into a hiding space. Several types of fish fall under the Blenny name, and while they are usually good neighbors, they do not get along with other Blennys so keep it to one type in the aquarium.

1
Text Only
Online Exclusives
  • Third Thursday participants

    Tahlequah Main Street Association Inc. President Amy Yarnell Carter contacted downtown merchants to see who planned to be open for Third Thursday Art Walk and said the following businesses planned to be opened.

    July 19, 2014

  • Online poll results about Hobby Lobby decision

    The Daily Press polled its online readers asking if the agree with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow a private business (such as Hobby Lobby) to decline to offer certain types of insurance coverage (such as contraceptive birth control) to employees, based on the religious beliefs of the owners?

    July 11, 2014

  • SCOTUS decision on Hobby Lobby

    To read the balance of the full text of the Supreme Court’s decision, visit: http://www2.bloomberglaw.com/public/desktop/document/Burwell_v_Hobby_Lobby_Stores_Inc_No_13354_and_13356_US_June_30_20

    July 11, 2014

  • The history of Independent Retailer Month

    The history of Independent Retailer Month

    July 10, 2014

  • Summer camps at NSU

    The following is a list of remaining camps available this summer at Northeastern State University.

    July 8, 2014

  • Restaurant inspections

    Cherokee county restaurants are inspected four to two times a year on average for compliance with the state’s health code.
    The results of these inspections are open to the public in a searchable database on the state website.

    July 3, 2014

  • 20140625-AMX-HEALTH-EXERCISE252.jpg Fitness program caters to people with developmental disabilities

    Spirit - which stands for "Social Physical Interactive Respectful Inclusive Teamwork" - offers classes that help clients with developmental disabilities build muscle, increase flexibility and improve their diets. As a population, they have limited opportunities when it comes to health, Smith says. "And a lot need more social interaction," he adds.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • CareerTech earmarks funds for truck driving, oil work

    A shortage of truck drivers and oil field workers in Oklahoma led state career education officials Thursday to set aside millions of dollars to train workers in those professions.

    July 1, 2014

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: HIV/AIDS statistics

    In the United States 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS today and worldwide about 35.3 million people are living with HIV, the Center for Disease Control reports.

    June 27, 2014

  • 40th annual Cookson Jubilee already revving up

    With the 39th annual Cookson Jubilee this past weekend, “39 and Holding, Don’t Know Jack,” volunteers with the Tenkiller Area Community Association (TACO) can begin planning for a huge celebration next June.

    June 24, 2014

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Stocks