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clownaroundclown 06-09-2018 08:07 PM

Salt water vrs freshwater tank
Its been a fear of mine to start a saltwater tank as ive never attempted it , the more i read the more i want to try , but i feel its a big step.

Can you all give me advice as to which you prefer and why

Thank you in advace

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DutchMuch 06-10-2018 05:56 AM

Re: Salt water vrs freshwater tank
Ive never done a reef- but I want to SO SO SO bad one day I just dont have that type of $ yet as im still quite young lol

I prefer SW because its a lot more involvement with your tank. And it looks scientific :D

mistergreen 06-10-2018 07:32 AM

Re: Salt water vrs freshwater tank
I'm not into saltwater but you'd need a hydrometer or refractometer to check the salinity.

I think you can make it difficult like growing corals or simple like just fish or inverts, maybe only macro-algae for 'plants'.

Austin Ron 06-25-2018 06:56 PM

Re: Salt water vrs freshwater tank
I had a reef tank back when they first got popular years ago. I lost interest in them real quick.

Part of it was back then most everything was wild caught and not farm grown. So, stories about people destroying reefs with dynamite and using things like cyanide to stun the fish so they could be captured were popping in all the magazines and literature of the hobby.

Thatís probably changed a lot by now but I think Iím still done. Even things like water changes are more complicated because of the salt, which is not cheap by the way. And it gets everywhere. Be ready for salt creep on everything.

When you consider the cost and time of it all - equipment, livestock, chemicals, mortality rate, etc. itís just not something Iím interested in anymore.

But, donít get me wrong. Theyíre beautiful when done right and I always stop and look at a nice reef when I see one. But, Iíve never gotten the urge to jump back in.

Just my personal opinion of course.

EdWiser 06-27-2018 12:26 PM

Re: Salt water vrs freshwater tank
So much is going on in the saltwater hobby. Their are new fish being raised in captivity all the time. Many corals are Fragíd now days. Lots of aquaculture going on with corals.

The issues with saltwater become less if you start with a large tank 125 gallons and up. Larger water volumes work best in saltwater as stability is the most important factor in success. Many hobbyist donít even do water changes. With ICP testing you can make adjustments to the water chemistry so that water doesnít need to be changed.

I enjoy both sides of the aquarium hobby as they are a like but different [emoji3]

adalah 02-20-2019 10:54 AM

Re: Salt water vrs freshwater tank
That's interesting!

TAB 02-26-2019 10:50 AM

Re: Salt water vrs freshwater tank
i have had both. salt water is more $$$, but I find a high tech planted tank way harder. part of that is the equipment for freshwater is not nearly as advanced( see the more $$ part) there is also a lot less info on fresh water plants then there is on reefs. I would say easily 25 to 1

they are both pretty, just in different ways.

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