Freshwater Reef (55 gallon build)
I have been keeping fish off and on (more on than off thankfully). I have kept both freshwater and saltwater tanks. Saltwater is amazing but much more expensive. Many freshwater (non planted) tanks are boring after a while. Since I am not working currently due to health issues I need to get the most bang for the buck. Welcome to Freshwater Reef! Those of us who have kept or are currently keeping reef tanks or even saltwater FOWLR tanks know how valuable recreating the ecosystem is. Most freshwater enthusiasts don't think in those terms. The thing is there are many creatures great and small in freshwater. Just like in salt there are crabs, lobsters, amphipods (think scuds) and copepods as well as other crustaceans. The plants are reminiscent of corals. There are clams/mussels, and snails as well as other molluscs. Ok there are no starfish but we freshwater people get frogs and newts! Right now I have a 55 gallon Metaframe tank I am in the process of restoring. So far so good. i will upload some pics tomorrow.