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Old 06-17-2012, 10:50 AM   #21
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Wait so you guys are saying that if i offered you a 125 gallon reef tank filled with amazing corals and fish, you would prefer the 125 gallon planted tank filled with a huge piece of drift wood, whatever fish you like, and tons of plants?
Maintaining the Reef tank is going to be the issue. Maintaining a planted tank is basically only a couple cents from your water bill and a couple cents from your lighting bill.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:44 AM   #22
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Maintaining the Reef tank is going to be the issue. Maintaining a planted tank is basically only a couple cents from your water bill and a couple cents from your lighting bill.
+1 for price.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:00 PM   #23
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I don't think it's that bad maintaining a reef tank. Then again I only have a BC29 but... 5 gallon water changes every week isn't that bad. A few tests weekly and dosing of necessary.

I also have a 75 gallon mixed African Cichlid tank with about 40+ Anubias, I know those are easy plants I just wanted to show that I have both SW and FW and hands down I'm in love with my SW and have thought more then a few times of turning my 75 into a really nice SW tank.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:04 PM   #24
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Is it true that SW fish are more sensitive than FW fish?
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No. Some may be, but there are a lot of FW fish that are more sensitive than certain SW fish. Also, for anyone who says reef is harder than planted... you aint doing it right.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:08 PM   #26
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Is it true that SW fish are more sensitive than FW fish?
I'd say (and I'm no expert) but... That probably can go for both SW and FW. I mean yeah you have to drip acclimate SW fish and for FW fish you float the bag for a little then add some tank water and continue to float then add fish...

But I'm sure there are sensitive FW fish as well....

But so far... My BC29 has been up for 6 months and it's heavily stocked with all kinds of corals and it's been a breeze. My FW tank takes more time to maintain by far.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:09 PM   #27
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If done correctly. Neither are time consuming I suppose.
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Not quite... if they're done correctly, they're both very time consuming
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:15 PM   #29
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Not quite... if they're done correctly, they're both very time consuming
Well I was just referring to once the tank is properly cycled, the time required to maintain it is minimal (not the acclimating of fish.... That IS time consuming )
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No. Some may be, but there are a lot of FW fish that are more sensitive than certain SW fish. Also, for anyone who says reef is harder than planted... you aint doing it right.
+1 to rookie..and convict

Want to know my scheduale for me 66 gallon salt? Do a water change every 2-3 weeks, feed every other day, and add nori on the days i dont feed. I occasionally go over the tank with a magfloat..but i really have no algae. Now, i dont know what you all do for your planted tanks..but for me this is as easy as tieing my shoes.

As for the whole "sw fish are tougher to keep" idea, also..not totally true. Now, im not saying you dont have those fish in the trade, such as the moorish idol or blue tang that arent hard to deal with..but for the record, i have 2 clowns, a chalk bass, engineer goby, and one spot foxface. All
Are perfectly healthy. Never any issues. Those are the only fish i have ever bought (havent lost one).

I rambled again and prob repeated some stuff..but its all true!
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