10 of the Best Non-Fish Aquarium Pets

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Aquariums are not just for fish anymore. You put everything from sharks to Octopus in your aquarium. Here’s a list of best Non-fish aquariums pets to have in your home.

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Red-Eared Slider Turtle

Turtles are some of the most popular pets to have. Each species require different habits. The red-eared slides are semi-acquatic and they need clean water, and frequent change. Also have an area for them to ‘bask’in. Preferably under a heat lamp.
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Freshwater Crayfish

There are so many varieties of crayfish so do your homework. They aren’t meant for community aquariums. Usally 5 to 10 gallon tanks work well for these crustaceans.
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Fire-Bellied Toad

To keep these lovely toads, they require a tank that is 50% water and 50% dry. Anything else less will not work. The water needs to be changed frequently due to toxins the toad secretes from its skin.
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Red-Clawed Crab

Beautiful but bold, these agressive crabs should not be handled frequently. Brackish water is best to keep them in rather than fresh water. Whatever you do, keep a lid on your tank. They will run away.
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Freshwater Snail

Snails are very low maintenance. Their tanks require 10-25 percent water replacement every two to four weeks. Popular snails are rabbit, apple, mystery and nerite!
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Sea Monkey

Remember those sea monkeys people used to buy from the ads behind comic books? Sea Monkeys aka Brine Shrimp are pretty popular due to the fact you can mail them. Once they are dry, just put water on them and the baby brine shrimp take about a week to gain maturity.
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Ghost Shrimp

Noted for their transparent bodies, ghost shrimp can be used not only as food for fish, but also make great pets as they’re pretty easy to care for. Make sure to talk to your pet owner about the appropriate plant life they need to sustain themselves.
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Fire-Bellied Newt

If you want to own a newt, 70% of the aquarium needs to be in wate and the rest should have a land area for them to bask. FYI, floating coat bark works well.
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Axolotl

Axolotl are friendly salamanders from Mexico. They are noted for their ability to heal and regerate parts of their brains when damanged. They do required a lot of maintenance so be prepared for frequent cleaning.
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Octopus

Octopuses are becoming popular with experienced aquarium fans! Fyi, they shoudn’t be kept in aquarium with other octopus or fish.
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