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Old 01-09-2005, 02:09 AM   #11
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Honestly, I have kept both and the maintenance is pretty close exept for having to buy salt and essentials. SW tanks are initially more expensive to setup, but worth every dime.
I switch for the very same reason. FW to me was boring. Great practice though.
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Actually a reef when properly set up is about as stable as they come. Most tanks crash due to owner neglect. Do water changes, keep your equipment in top shape and a reef will last longer than most people want to be in the hobby.
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For me, the SW is a lot more work . . . more tests, have to worry about having RO water for topoffs, have to think ahead so SW is ready for changes . . . YMMV!
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It is still worth it though, isn't it? I think I would be bored without mine.

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ahahahahhaha
of course it is worth it. would i be doing it otherwise?
its worth every moment...
even when i wake up at 7am on sunday to add calcium and iodine!
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taking the type of fish out of the equation, I'd say a normal FW is much less maintenance than a SW...mainly because SW, especially reef, requires closely watching alkalinity, pH, calcium and salinity...plus you have to pre-mix your seawater.

Now, if you're comparing a high light, CO2 injected planted tank to a reef setup, then maintenance is about the same...both tanks have a lot of test kits, and supplements/ferilizers to keep up on.

Still, neither is that daunting of a task.
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