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Old 06-10-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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Planted Vs. Corals

There is something to be said of the absolute beauty of a green planted fish tank. The luscious vegetation and carpets... The tall forests of unknown, and the peace.

There is also something to be said of the incredible beauty of a reef. The caverns as hideouts, the colorful corals, as well as the anemones swaying in the current.

What I want to know is which you prefer to LOOK at LET'S GOOOOO.

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Old 06-10-2012, 09:25 PM   #2
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planted. IMO it looks way more natural. you have to be a REALLY good aquascapist to make a coral tank look as nice as a planted tank
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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I like planted better as well but I'm just a freshwater kind of person.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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IMO planted also looks superior (when done right). Love the green and red contrasts.
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I feel they can both be equally beautiful, every time I see an awesome planted tank I think it's superior to a reef tank then I find reef that changes my mind.

I'm planted freshwater guy b/c I feel that we are the underdog and that we don't get no love. It seems no matter where you look everything (products/conventions) is geared to salt/reef tanks. They get all rhe cool toys. Even well organized and well literate up to date information can be hard to find for freshwater.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:57 AM   #6
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I love my planted aquariums. Low maintenance. Low cost and so soothing to watch.
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:56 PM   #7
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I believe both can be equally beautiful, but in completely different aspects (as stated by OP already).

However I'll likely stick to planted simply because its just so much easier to handle. not to mention much less expensive. I've seen some pieces of Coral that are worth more than my entire planted set up!
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I'll be the loner here, corals ALL THE WAY. Way more colorful, unique, interactive (they can move, eat, split, etc), and are just overall more impressive. If i see a really well done planted tank, by a pro aquascaper, sure, that takes the cake. But ANY fully stocked and well maintained reef tank will win over MOST planted tanks 98% of the time IMO.

Sorry planted tankers. Unlike most of you..i have done planted tanks, as well as having a reef tank. Ive got both sides of the story

Lol someone is going to chew me out :P hahah
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I'll be the loner here, corals ALL THE WAY. Way more colorful, unique, interactive (they can move, eat, split, etc), and are just overall more impressive. If i see a really well done planted tank, by a pro aquascaper, sure, that takes the cake. But ANY fully stocked and well maintained reef tank will win over MOST planted tanks 98% of the time IMO.

Sorry planted tankers. Unlike most of you..i have done planted tanks, as well as having a reef tank. Ive got both sides of the story

Lol someone is going to chew me out :P hahah
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I'll be the loner here, corals ALL THE WAY. Way more colorful, unique, interactive (they can move, eat, split, etc), and are just overall more impressive. If i see a really well done planted tank, by a pro aquascaper, sure, that takes the cake. But ANY fully stocked and well maintained reef tank will win over MOST planted tanks 98% of the time IMO.

Sorry planted tankers. Unlike most of you..i have done planted tanks, as well as having a reef tank. Ive got both sides of the story

Lol someone is going to chew me out :P hahah
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.... Send him to room 101.
Is that a 1984 referance??

I must agree, corals are better, but they cost way more! Haha if you are on a budget plants are definitly better, but corals are amazing they literally have their own minds, but plants are not that way. Also, corals are more interactive, colorful, and insannnneeeee
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Is that a 1984 referance??
That depends... How many fingers am I holding up.
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.... Send him to room 101.
My worst fear? Dillusional planted tankers

Lol i am going to be hated in the fw forums now hahah

Edit: I kid of course
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My feelings just died I think..
Lol.
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I've only ever had planted. Therefore I cant properly vote.
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My worst fear? Dillusional planted tankers

Lol i am going to be hated in the fw forums now hahah

Edit: I kid of course
Lol

I like reef tanks better even though I've never had one :p
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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?

I would choose the reef
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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?

I would choose the reef
Whoa Whoa Whoa..... You giving away your RSM?! Haha I'd say reef all the way!!
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Hahah i wish my rsm was a 125 reef! good to know we have another coral supporter...
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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?

I would choose the reef
Yes that's exactly what I'm saying hahaha
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