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post #1 of 8 Old 11-05-2011, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Show me a cool freshwater tank.....

I am looking at getting an aquarium and am really leaning towards saltwater because freshwater tanks just look kind of boring to me. All the colors are browns, greens, and grays. On the other hand I like the thought that freshwater tanks are so much easier to take care of and way cheaper to get going. I would like to see some pictures and maybe I will see some things that would make me feel better about freshwater. Show me your cool tank. =)
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-05-2011, 11:06 AM
dunno the video in my sig?V

I've honestly never had any desire to keep SW. FW I find quiet interesting. Also the stocking requirements put me off SW, since the number of fish you can keep in SW is very low compared to FW.

.... I'm probably drunk.

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-05-2011, 12:04 PM
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You can check out the tanks in my aquarium log.

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-05-2011, 12:30 PM
You can look at Byron tanks. He has some really neat ones. As to specific colorful fish perhaps some Lake malawi cichlids would interest you. Just put "Lake Malawi Cichlid" into google images.

Haha, impeccable timing Byron :)

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-05-2011, 12:34 PM
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Many of us have photos of our freshwater tanks posted. On the left under our site name there are two tabs, one is "Aquariums" which is where the photos are. Check out some of the members' tanks.

And I agree with Mikaila, I find FW so fascinating and interesting that in my 20+ years I have never even thought about SW. And I am sure I never will. I have 7 tanks running presently, all planted FW, and I can hardly decide which one to sit in front of for an hour.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-05-2011, 12:41 PM
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I had a saltwater tank in a lower-tech age, 30 years ago. I really enjoyed the fish colors, but the maintenance became a pain for me. I got tired of mixing up salt solution every week for water changes. I also made the mistake of using too small a tank. My water parameters were not nearly stable enough, so if you go saltwater, bigger is easier, on a per-gallon maintenance basis.

Good luck either way, both FW and saltwater tanks are a blast! The stuff folks are doing with corals and coral frags now is really amazing. I don't feel comfortable attempting corals and don't have the time for saltwater, but SW is really neat. Having said that, a FW planted tank is fun as well, I'm enjoying the plants as much as the fish.

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-05-2011, 03:27 PM
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I'm a freshwater girl but I did have a saltwater tank for awhile too. Like DKRST, I too became tired of constantly having to wipe up salt creep, mixing up salt water every water change, and constantly checking parameters. But there are soooo many cool salt water fish.

If you want freshwater color, have a look at African cichlid tanks. They are very colorful. You do need to have the type of water they prefer for them to thrive which generally is pretty hard water. There are also many American cichlids (which is what I keep) with great color too. You can check out my tanks to get an idea.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-05-2011, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Jean, I think you have the best looking tanks of this thread. Just my opinion, I don't like the ones that have to many plants, I am sure the fish love it but it's to much for my taste.

Mika, what is the gray worm eel looking thing? It's interesting. =)
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