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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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Between a LiveRock and a Hardscape

Sorry for the crappy pun, but I've had a pretty difficult decision to make and cant seem to come to a choice on my own... I have been overwhelmed with my high tech 125 as it has turned out to be a huge struggle with my c02 canister and fluval 405 breaking... so i am stuck at a crossroad; Do i stick with FW and make a nice planted discus setup? or do I go all out and make a massive reef tank? I already have sufficient lighting on the tank for an LPS reef tank and ive recently become very amused with keeping SW tanks, however it will take a LOT of time\cash to set that sucker up... I've been saving up several paychecks (i work at my LFS !) and i have the resources to do it, but on the flip side i've always wanted a nice Discus Tank....
The only downside about running the discus tank would be that my lighting will be far to much (4x 80watt 60" t5HO) for the plants i will be keeping... which will be mostly Java ferns/anubias/crypts.
I know this is a huge wall of text and its probably all jumbled up but i am very scatter-minded right now and hopefully i'll receive some input.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 05:53 AM
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Do you enjoy ripping up $100 bills while being a slave to an object? If so, choose saltwater.

Do you enjoy ripping up $10 bills while being less of a slave to an object? If so, choose Discus.
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Do you enjoy ripping up $100 bills while being a slave to an object? If so, choose saltwater.

Do you enjoy ripping up $10 bills while being less of a slave to an object? If so, choose Discus.
More like $100 bills for discus too. I had a 29 gallon that I set up with two discus and it cost about $500
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Do you enjoy ripping up $100 bills while being a slave to an object? If so, choose saltwater.

Do you enjoy ripping up $10 bills while being less of a slave to an object? If so, choose Discus.
Haha yeah thats the main reason I was leaning more towards discus... Would an FX5 and a fluval 405 do the trick for proper filtration?

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More like $100 bills for discus too. I had a 29 gallon that I set up with two discus and it cost about $500
Well I already have everything (except an additional filter) for the discus setup, and i probably will come out even if i sell some extra plants/ driftwood on the SNS since there are some very reputable local discus breeders nearby.

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Instead of another cannister why not add a sump to the system, much easier to service.

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Instead of another cannister why not add a sump to the system, much easier to service.
I Second the sump Idea, it will add more oxygen to the water for the discus than a canister will.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 06:14 PM
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The minute I can setup my nano Reef I will be doing it. That being said, do what you enjoy and find pleasure in.

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