i thought i knew something.. but i know NOTHING.. i have not even yet to begin to dabble in the world of aquaria! I have had my 55 gallon for over a year now and thought i had become a master... but there is still soooo much to learn!
For my Graduation from RN school (May 5!!!) I am going to be giving myself a gift.. this gift is a new tank. I saw an 80 gallon bowfront tank today and fell in love with it.. and it already comes with a canopy, wet/dry filter setup (however that works) and compact florescent lights and an option to upgrade (more lights!!!)
so they tell me the tank can be for freshwater or saltwater and so far i have a 55 gallon cichlid tank and a 10 gallon planted lowlight tank. I love my little 10 gallon aquarium.. but my 55 gallon is.. well its old and not very attractive. The lights are cheap and generic, the stand is pressed wood.. and i absolutely hate the wood trim on this tank (i much prefer the black trim tanks or the ones with real wood)
So heres the deal.. to i get this AWESOME tank and convert my cichlids over to it and attempt to do a PLANTED african cichlid tank? IM talking HIGH light, CO2
.. Ferts.. the works. then just sell the old 55 gallon. I know it can be done... but then again.... heres my other option
i could spend the cash to fix up my 55 gallon.. get a new lighting fixtures, canopy, and new stand and keep it as my cichlid tank and maybe add a sump and start doing medium light plants, co2
, fertz.. etc..
and if i buy the 80 gallon i could start my first SALTWATER tank. I plan on starting with liverock and fish if i do this... but i DO want corals and well... i plan on getting the light that i need ahead of time for that.
Now... i know a TINY bit about saltwater, ive read all the articles here.. but i want to buy a book.. a GOOD book so waht do yall recommend??? and hey.. any suggestions on what i should do or maybe what you would do in my situation. Lets just ASSUME i have the cash to get pretty much all the equipment to do either option
(hey im saving for this.. lol)