01-27-2010, 10:33 AM
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Having both a cichlid and a reef tank running currently I would definately say there is more physical work for my freshwater tank (50% wc once a week) but more on going little stuff for my reef.
I have no monthly schedule for my reef tank but here is what normally goes on for me.
2 5gal water changes a month.
Razorblade the glass twice a month.
Refill with RODI water every three days
Add some various trace elements for my coral when I think about it.
Empty the skimmer every two or three weeks or so.
Cost is much higher. Electric bills will rise, you need more water movement thus powerheads, new bulbs every 9-10 months ($130), elements and food.
Im a lazy reefer and try to do things the easiest way I can, which might not be the best route for you. There is no one absolutely correct way to run a saltwater tank.
That said, i love my saltwater tank and want to take down my cichlid tank in the next couple weeks to build a new saltwater tank(nixed my discus tank idea for anyone who was following that). I get bored too easy with FW, not enough to tinker with.