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Old 07-08-2013, 01:58 AM   #1
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Why do i hate my tank?

I have a 50gal FOWLR tank and I think it's super lame. For some reason I hate it. And I don't know why. My friends like it a lot but to be it just doesn't have that saltwater shimmer. First I thought it was because it has no corals. But I really like everyone's FOWLR that I see online. Then I thought its because the filter intakes and heater is visible but so are other people's and it doesn't bother me.
Is it because my lights are craptastic?
Or because I suck and aqua scaping?
Or because I have many different kinds of mismatched rock and it looks dumb?
Maybe the tank doesn't have enough fish and looks empty but on paper I'm fully and maybe even overstocked.
Why does my tank suck so bad? Please advise.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:07 AM   #2
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I like it? Maybe give a chance for coraline? Lighting makes ALL the difference, try upgrading to MH or LEDs?
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:13 AM   #3
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Lighting can be a huge factor. It can definitely make a difference in appearance. Like the previous poster said, upgrading to LEDs or 2 T5s (one white, one actinic) will light it up and make it shimmer.

Not necessary, but opening up the aquascape will make it more attractive. Maybe doing a high to low type thing or 2 islands...google aquascapes and experiment with it.

What kind of fish do you have? Looks like you need to spice it up with variety as in get less common, more intriguing fish!
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I agree with it probably being your lighting.

I don't know much about SW but maybe making some more caves and crevices from the rocks would help too?
I like the look of the mismatched rocks, but you are right, something about it seems a tad boring
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:21 AM   #5
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I like your rocks too! I don't know anything about saltwater but it seems that it might look better with more color. I don't know if there are any saltwater plants or anything you can put in there but it would probably help. I agree with the lighting thing too.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:26 AM   #6
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I like your rocks too! I don't know anything about saltwater but it seems that it might look better with more color. I don't know if there are any saltwater plants or anything you can put in there but it would probably help. I agree with the lighting thing too.
I agree, saltwater tanks are ALL about "bright colors" I can't see any inhabitants but maybe some soft corals (with the right lighting) will make this thing pop.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:48 PM   #7
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My stock list is:

2x ocellaris clownfish
1x bicolor angelfish
3x green chromis
1x foxface lo
1x blue regal tang
1x diamond watchman goby

So my tank is fully stocked but my foxface is by far the biggest of them all and the fish that makes the tank look full but he hides a lot.

My guess was that it was probably the lighting because I always see this certain sparkle with SW tanks that mine seems to hack. The problem is that I can't afford to dish out the cash for fancy lights for this tank being that its 4 feet long and it seems wasteful with no corals.

I've been recently considering converting this tank to freshwater and setting up a nano reef in I spare 20g I have lying around. I could get lights at a much better price range for a two foot tank. But that means that I'm unable to keep anything larger than maybe a dwarf angel. Sigh.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:31 PM   #8
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Nice tank. I love the rock in it!
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:59 PM   #9
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Looking at the pics I would def say its the lighting.look on Craigslist. You might be able to find someone breaking down their tank and selling. Or you can look on ebay for LEDs. Taotronics makes so really nice inexpensive LEDs. If you wanna really make it pop, add some mushrooms and zoas. They are easy to keep usually and add a bit of color. Overall though the tank looks fine. It's just got a dull yellowish glow instead of a white or blue glow like most saltwater tanks.
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+1 on the lights. The right lighting makes everything pop. I only have a 20g tank w/ 2 clowns (for now), but their colors *pop* under the LEDs.

WRT the rocks, wait for coralline. I'm (impatiently) waiting for it to appear on mine. It definitely adds a ton of color and beauty to the tank.
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