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.