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    I am about to buy a new aquarium. I have not decided or chosen what type of fishes to be in it.

    Can I use sea salt water inside the aquarium, I stay close to a beach. What type of fishes are able live in this sea water.

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    I have no experience with SW fishkeeping, but I would advise against using sea water.

    You will have to cycle the tank and control the salinity of the water, and will need to be doing water changes matching the new water with the tank water.
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    Just my two cents worth:

    Many years ago, I kept saltwater tanks that contained local tide pool creatures, which I collected with a permit from my state. Our public aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography allowed residents with personal aquariums to fill up plastic Jerry cans with the natural filtered sea water from their tanks. This was had already been through their aquariums' filtration systems, and had all the natural trace elements found in the ocean where my creatures had come from. It beat using Instant Ocean, any day. Much more natural and the kind of water the tide poolers were already accustomed to. In other words, it matched their natural environment.

    This may or may not work with tropical coral reef creatures, but for my purposes, it worked out well.

    Just a thought. You would have to take into consideration the parameters of the waters in which your marine creatures lived in nature and try to match those as closely as possible.

    I'm just saying that under certain circumstances, using natural saltwater can be beneficial in a marine aquarium.
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