Here's my situation:
I've had a reef tank for several years which I am still fascinated by. Last fall I decided to branch out and give a planted tank a shot- for the challenge, the learning, to have a second lower maintenance tank, and because I saw so many beautiful tanks on this site. I really enjoyed the process and succeeded in creating a healthy, fully planted tank that I am fairly happy with.
The problem is- now 8 months later I find I am still much more interested in the reef tank. I think part of this may have to do with the fish which seem to have much more "personality" in the reef tank. The saltwater fish all have names, they all have unique traits, and I seem much more attached to them and therefore I spend more time on the tank.
The planted tank has a school of black neon tetras, which, uh, school mostly, a school of corys that only come out at night, three albino bristlenose plecos which are actually interesting, and maybe 50-100 cherry shrimp. Other than the plecos, if any of the others went missing I'd never know it, which makes me somewhat indifferent to the tank even though I am still religious about the maintenance and it still looks great. (and I actually haven't lost any fish because I do a head count periodically)
I am seriously thinking about breaking the planted tank down and maybe setting up another reef tank, but I really don't want to give up on the time and money put into this tank.
Any suggestions on maybe a certain FW fish that you've found particularly fascinating, or grew very attached to? I've thought about discus but I'm really not interested in 50% water changes 3 times a week- heck some weeks I'm so busy I don't even shower three times
I tried apistogrammas when I first started the tank but couldn't deal with the aggression issues. Maybe angels? I'd have to get rid of the tetras I think.
I'm really looking for some inspiration!