Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Outside Philadelphia, PA
What to keep in your tank and how to set it up are very personal selections. Here are my own thoughts on the subject.
I think the riparium ideas would look nice, but they would also look very much like a planted tank, except you can have plants that live in air.
I just can't get excited about puffers. Although there are many people that love them.
The cichlids would be good but again too much like the other tanks.
The brackish tank sounds interesting. A tank full of green sailfin mollies can be a fantastic sight. So could a tank with several different species of mono's and/or scats.
If money is no object, a SW reef system could be stunning. Done properly, a small tank can be a real gem. I have my reef system next to my planted tank, and fine that I really enjoy the contrast, as do most visitors I have. On one side I have the reef with it's brightly colored fish and corals, looking almost alien contrasted with the planted tank that looks so lush and green.
Another possibility would be to set up a tank where you keep all those fish you can't put in a normal planted tank, or that one oddball fish that needs to be kept more or less alone.