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Old 07-06-2008, 12:13 PM   #1
 
cichlids or reef......

I just purchased a beautiful 125 gallon tank. Its amazing. But I just cant decide what to do with it. I love African Cichlids and i know it would be a easy way to go, but the thought of a reef is overpowering. I just don't know if my abilities can handle that. How have your experiences been? Is it easier than im making myself think? I know its hard but i mean uncontrolable. I put a lot of time into my tanks.
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Old 07-06-2008, 02:11 PM   #2
 
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If you have good husbandry skills, a good size budget, a commendable devotion to the hobby, unwavering patience, and the ability to find someone to check the system twice a day in your absence, I'd say go for the reef.

But if you are the type of hobbyist who is devoted to your husbandry for the first few months, then slack off as the luster fades, then go with the Cichlids.

If you do want to go with a reef tank, you will want to either upgrade to a reef ready tank, or, providing the tank is not made of tempered glass, have the tank drilled and an overflow installed to make it reef ready. The benefit you have now with an existing tank is that you can have a "coast to coast" overflow installed.

There are several expenses involved with keeping a stable reef system. Suitable lighting fixture, skimmer, sump, return pump, power heads and live rock can all be considerable expenses. Depending on your source, you can expect to pay anywhere from $750 to $2000 on quality live rock alone. You may be able to cut that cost a bit by substituting some of that live rock with dead base rock, but for a system that size, you will want at least 100 lbs of Quality Live Rock (probably about 250lbs in rock total). As for the equipment, If you buy quality in the beginning, you alleviate the need to upgrade later.
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:05 PM   #3
 
thanks!
yea im very dedicated but money can be a issue right now.
i think i will do the cichlids and in a few years time hopefully i can afford to go into the reef direction.
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:49 PM   #4
 
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one thing to think of with cichlids is that most dig the substrate, I have three cichlid tanks and you are limited with what you can do with the tank.

IE:
plants mine even dig up fake plants.
decor must be set at base of tank so it wont be moved.
size of fish at maturity.

to name just a few
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