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Old 07-10-2012, 12:27 PM   #21
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Why does it always have to be one against the other? They're two entirely different setups, each with their own pros and cons. If you don't like sw, don't set up a sw tank... if you don't like fw, don't set up a fw tank. Easy.
Lol well said, very much agreed. This topic is a never ending battle, each person has a different opinion and I don't think it will ever come to a mutual understanding.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:34 PM   #22
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Who wouldnt want more color? It one thing is you like natives, its unique. But the average joe wants activity and color right?
Some people don't. There isn't a huge following for native fish, but it's not necessarily because they are less colorful, it's because they haven't been marketed like basic tropicals. Your average joe thinks of native fish and thinks of bass and bluegill.

Some of the fish farms and wholesalers do have some natives on their lists now though and it seems to be increasing more and more as more people realize that there are many colorful and aquarium compatible native fish out there. I linked a couple of sunfish in this other thread Native or tropical? and there are a lot more. Photos - Freshwater Fish - Perches (Percidae) | Biological Indicators of Watershed Health | US EPA

I think that in time and with selective breeding that there will be natives on the shelves alongside tropicals and the average person will not know the difference.

I would say that the majority do want a colorful fish,though, but it's not everyone's cup of tea. Some people like fish based on their behavior or other factors, like predator tanks for example.


I do agree that it shouldn't be one over the other, I know lots of people who keep both FW and SW tanks.
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Lol well said, very much agreed. This topic is a never ending battle, each person has a different opinion and I don't think it will ever come to a mutual understanding.
I think that FW and SW people can have a basic mutual understanding in that they are connected by a love for fishkeeping, but it's no different than the ford vs chevy debate, everyone has their own opinions and each side has its pros and cons.
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I think that FW and SW people can have a basic mutual understanding in that they are connected by a love for fishkeeping, but it's no different than the ford vs chevy debate, everyone has their own opinions and each side has its pros and cons.
Well that's true, but like I said before I don't believe that any one is better than the other. its all the hard work we put in our tanks what makes them what they are. Anyone can make their tank anyway they want, so I don't believe that any type is just the same old same old. Its all what you make of it.
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Lol well said, very much agreed. This topic is a never ending battle, each person has a different opinion and I don't think it will ever come to a mutual understanding.
Its not supposed to..its a friendly debate
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I know there are a lot of people who think Saltwater is more visually appealing, but in MY personal opinion, I think it all looks like gray and blah and very similar to every other sw tank. I've only been to the ocean once in my life and I wasn't impressed. The only time I've ever been impressed by anything sw, was when I watched a show on tv that showed some particularly colorful portion of the bottom of the ocean.
I grew up in the boondocks, swimmin in the creek, playin in the river, fishin from the pond... Lol my heart will always be with freshwater.
Now I realize that some people get great enjoyment from sw setups. That's awesome but I don't get it. Lol. I love the green. That's just my personal opinion
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People will always prefer the side that they started out doing. For example, for someone who only has freshwater they will probably prefer freshwater, and for those who have only ever had saltwater tanks they will prefer saltwater for the most part. I have done both. I had multiple freshwater tanks and then i slowly made my way into saltwater and once i started i couldnt stop. Again this is just my opinion, but it is unbiased because i did experience both salt and fresh. I think saltwater is better because there are way more things for you to do with your tank. There is a greater variety of fish/coral/inverts in saltwater and you can have a very unique set up. Overall, i like both salt and fresh, but in my opinion saltwater is better because of variety and options
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People will always prefer the side that they started out doing. For example, for someone who only has freshwater they will probably prefer freshwater, and for those who have only ever had saltwater tanks they will prefer saltwater for the most part. I have done both. I had multiple freshwater tanks and then i slowly made my way into saltwater and once i started i couldnt stop. Again this is just my opinion, but it is unbiased because i did experience both salt and fresh. I think saltwater is better because there are way more things for you to do with your tank. There is a greater variety of fish/coral/inverts in saltwater and you can have a very unique set up. Overall, i like both salt and fresh, but in my opinion saltwater is better because of variety and options
Doing both doesn't make you unbiased, it just means you have experience with both. We are all biased in some way or another, and in the realm of opinion the bias is irrelevant anyway since there is no right or wrong answer.

And no, people don't always prefer the side that they started out doing. Most, if not all of the SW people that I know started out with a FW tank.
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How are there more things to do in a sw tank? You've got fish and then You can have stuff growin on rocks, or stuff growin on rocks. Lol
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That not what i meant. I was trying to say they they prefer the side that they have experience with. For example you prefer freshwater because you only have experience in freshwater
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