Originally Posted by iamntbatman
Get a wolf cichlid! Best pets ever.
Very funny, Jim. I just went and u-tubed the wolf cichlid. I wouldn't be able to keep anything else in the tank with them. These are more of a man's man kind of fish. I want a girly tank
I have alot of options. I can always turn my 100g into salt and set up the 200G as a fresh. The 100g was originally a salt but I was NOT ready to attempt salt when I purchased the tank. The 100g was my first tank in 32 years so I dipped my toes in slowly.
FOWLR or Reef...humm...?? I know if you have a reef tank any fish like puffers & parrotfish are out of the question. I love triggerfish, puffers, parrotfish, etc. but am not fond of the bare-looking tanks that they have to be housed in. What kinds of fish are reef safe? Clowns, tangs, wrasses, and....??? Is there a link or site that lists all fish/inverts that one can keep in a reef tank? The colors & shapes of corals, zoas, shrooms, polyps...no way to resist those and not have them in a tank!
When you say a major expense up front that makes perfect sense. Does a SW continue to be a huge expense as you go along? Don't count corals, fish, etc. as part of the expense. Considering the maintenance (ie: hardware, supplies, etc.) after initial
set up are we still talking major monthly expense?
Money isn't an issue currently but you never know with this economy. Today I read that unemployment is at an all time high and that BK's are on the rise. Don't even get me started on the government bailouts. It's just not smart business to rob Peter to pay Paul. My 401K has taken a HUGE hit and the sad state of real estate has loped off $250K from the value of my home. Of course, these losses wouldn't be realized unless I tried to cash out tomorrow, which I have no intention on doing. My company is doing poorly as sales have fallen off nearly 60% on the year. If I lost my job tomorrow I would work at the most menial of jobs if I had to. Without my current position & income I'd be on a strict budget and that wouldn't include buying the lastest and greatest of corals.
Now that my personal finances are on the table it's question & answer time:
Would I be still able to afford the basic maintenance on a salt set-up if I was on a strict budget?
If you were me...what would you do? Go w/ salt or stick w/ fresh??
Sorry for the dissertation but I want to make the right decision for me. Thanks for the input!!