so I'm upset...my good friend/mentor of fish keeping, has come down with "salt fever"...
The obsessed need to tear down a beautiful 180 gallon brackish tank that he's had for 4 years, and set it up as a saltwater tank.
We both have a freshwater/"brackish" tank, and a saltwater/reef tank, and when *I*
was thinking about "converting" my big tank to salt, he talked me out of it...saying I hadn't even scratched the surface of freshwater fish.
Now he bought a fish for his salt tank, that he's unable to keep (for misc. salt reasons I won't go into in the FW
/BW forums) and says "hey, I want to keep these kinds of fish, I'm gonna change over to salt!"
I think he's making a terrible mistake, and tried to talk him out of it, but he somehow feels that he is "upgrading" or "moving on" to an advanced area of fish keeping. That upset me as well. Saltwater requires more maintenance, due to the delicate nature of the livestock, and water params, but I hardly feel that it is superior to keeping FW
He has kept some of his fish for 6 years, and he's just going to get rid of them out of impulse.
I also feel that it will be hard for me to keep interest in my freshwater tank without the shared interest of my fellow hobbyist.
I recommended that he get a new fish for the big tank, and spend more time with it (my 4 bar datnoid cured my salt fever), but I think he's already made up his mind, and he cannot be convinced otherwise...
Anyone else ever get, or know someone who contracted "salt fever"? Can anyone think of some way to change his mind?
I'm almost willing to just let him do it, and regret it later (hey, I could make out like a bandit on some of his equipment and fish). Just obnoxious that this was all brought on by an expensive fish he found for a good deal, that he was unable to keep.