Right now I have a freshwater planted 55g tank. Everything is up and running, and I feel something lacking. I really want to buy a 2nd 55g to put on the 2nd floor of the house to house a saltwater tank, but I'm not sure that's going to happen due to floor construction.
With the freshwater, I'm at a crossroads right now. I could use a co2
regulator and fancy canister but I'm not sure that when I get the tank 100% grown in that that's going to be enough. I like having things to fiddle with, and I can see that coming mostly to an end with the current setup. I could either 100% optimize the freshwater tank with expensive equipment, or turn and convert it to salt.
Which leaves me with a difficult decision to make. Saltwater (reef, in particular) tanks have always absolutely fascinated me, originally 2-3 years ago I was going to try to set one up but didnt have any experience with tanks of any kind other than the one I had as a kid. Now I have most of the equipment to get me started on saltwater (minus skimmer and sump [LR
too, of course], but I love a good DIY project!), and a pretty good handle on freshwater as well. I also have many 250mh fixtures kicking around in the garage. So I'm thinking of converting my 55.
Only problem is that its fully stocked right now with freshwater fish. I personally would love to get into saltwater, but does anyone think its worth unloading my tank and starting over?
Other than the cost of fish, I only have about $70 or so worth of goodies in the tank at this point, most things done DIY and running very smoothly so I'm not worried about losing a huge invesetment at this point, hence the crossroads.
I work at my LFS
, so getting rid of the fish I dont think would be a problem if I decide to.
Oh - I'm sure someone's going to ask if I want to spend all the money on a saltwater setup. Well, when I bought my 55 i was unemployed. Now I get great pay working at an LFS
, I get everything @ distributor price plus 10% off too
Any thoughts on the matter would be great, I'm basically looking for someone to convince me either way, because I'm really on the fence with this one.