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Step 6 - Livestock Selection

While the tank is cycling, if you did not already make a livestock "species list" while initially planning your system set up, or you are already using fish to cycle the tank and made your first selections, begin researching and making a species list of all the fish, crustaceans and invertebrates you might like to have in your aquarium. You will not be buying any livestock at this point, but once you have made your species list, learn as much about the characteristics and dietary requirements for each of them, so that when it does come time to buy and bring them home, you will know how to take care of them!

Your selection should be based on the type of aquarium you are setting up, fish-only or reef tank, and species compatibility.

Your wish list will undoubtedly have quite a few animals on it when done, including ones that may not be suitable for a beginner. You will only be choosing 2 or 3 of them to introduce into your new aquarium at first, so pick the best beginner species from the list to start with. The others can be added slowly (1 or 2 at a time) as you and your tank mature, leaving the more delicate species for after you have at least 6 months experience under your belt.

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