If storage is not an option (I wouldn't have room to store a 72 gal
), and you feel that within the next year you would be able to give the tank maintenance... Have you thought of other options? I have seen glass fish suspended from fishing wire and fake plants to make it look as if it was a real tank.
How much time could you devote to a tank? What about this tank was too much at this time? If you really wanted to stay with SW
, can you devote (or train a housemate or hire a tank person from the yellow pages) to a simple tank? Like just live rock and some cleaning crew without any high maintenance members. Let the tank just get very mature without having any fish around, then when you timing changes... you would already have a mature tank ready for admittance.
Have you ever gone to a hotel under construction? Not restfull! The best hotels are the ones that have been operating for many years and have the whole routine down to a tradition. I figure it has to be similar for the fish... but they can't check out and go to the hotel down the street!
Hope that rambling compairson made sense?