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    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

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    I have had at least 8-10 years experience in freshwater. Then I stopped for a few years...then I became a marine tank keeper. I've been knee deep in saltwater stuff the past 4 months.

    And now, I'm starting up a 10 gallon freshwater guppy tank for my daughter...I have NO clue where to begin!! LOL I'm at a complete loss for some reason in getting it started because some of the equipiment is different! I've actually had to go back to this other fw forum I used to frequent and start from scratch.

    It's crazy. For some reason now, I keep having a strong urge to make the 10 gallon a reef tank instead, but my daughter doesn't want it, even if I tried to bribe her with a cute li'l goby :) I now find saltwater much easier, mainly because I've got all the equipment and necessary tools already.

    That's just me, I guess :mrgreen:
     
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    daugherty part time reefer

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    salt is so easy once you get the hang of it. a couple months ago my son won a goldfish at is schools carnivial and i had to set up a tank for him and was at a loss i have not had a fresh tank for 10 or 12 years but i did still have somethings for it i to was lost at first.
     
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    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

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    Glad I'm not the only one! Hehehe. Saltwater really IS easy once you get it all set up.
     
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    dustin_P74

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    saltwater is the only tank i have ever had, i have grown up around them and now i have my own, no fresh crappy fish for me
     
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    flojo

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    i personally hated fish tanks when i saw them because they have always been primarily freshwater and i think theyre boring as hell. when i first met alex and he told me he had a few tanks i was like ugh....great....but theyre incredible. saltwater just poses so much more of a challenge and reward. its incredible to just sit and watch everything. i dont think i could truly appreciate a freshwater still.....just not my thing
     
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    dustin_P74

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    man flo, what DID you like about alex when you first met him?
     
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    flojo

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    uh well....lets see.....he uh....well mostly....

    just kidding. im not gonna lie we both brought a lot of differences to the table and i think thats a good thing, but the core is the same, good hearts and souls..and we think a lot alike and he puts up with me...thats hard to do.
     
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    cthegame

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    I had fresh water tanks when i was hibye's age all the way till my 20s. I wouldnt know how to start a fresh water tank now with the salt mentality that i have. Why would i even want to...:)
     
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    d2mini VIP Member

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    Me too.
    I found that if you have the right equipment (of which there is more of), saltwater is easier.
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    I had a 55gal freshwater tank for about 2 months.Then a neighbor gave me a 30 gallon with some salt and sand.After that I completely forgot about freshwater.I even have to ask the store owner about the tetras when I help at the store,because I just dont fool with em,and really dont like em.
     
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    Reefrookie Not so new anymore! VIP Member

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    I have had several fresh water tanks for over 20 years. I have made a very pleasant profit breeding different types of fresh water angels and supplying LFS in a 100 mile radius of home. So these CRAPPY fish have made it possible for me to get into salt water and a few other interests
     
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    dustin_P74

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    that would be because, 90% of the aquarium industry is made up of freshwater. just because alot of people buy them doesnt mean it is any less bland and crappy
     
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    Reefrookie Not so new anymore! VIP Member

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    Not quite sure of your point, as usual.
     
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    dustin_P74

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    i think my point was pretty clear, but here it is again.

    you made money buy selling fish that 90% of the aquarium industry buys, but just because that many people were buying them doesnt not my freshwater fish any less bland or crappy compared to saltwater fish
     
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    I think everyone pretty much knows fresh is more boring than salt. Money is the reason fresh is so big not because people think its prettier.
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    A lot of people that are just starting out,will start with fresh water.Mainly because it *easier* and cheaper.
    AND,If I thought I could pay the bills and buy beans breeding fresh water fish,I'd have a building full of freshwater tanks.Even though I dont care for em.
    But everybodies different.Thats what keeps life from being boring.
     
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    cthegame

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    nicely put yote
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    I've never had a freshwater tank except for a couple bettas here and there. And do those even count? I jumped straight into saltwater because, like others have said, I found freshwater fish boring and colorless. Not to mention the allure of corals -- the most diverse and colorful creatures you can keep in saltwater. I've never seen a freshwater tank that I went all, "OOOOH! AAAAAH!" over. Never. But I see pics of saltwater tanks that elicit that reaction from me on a daily basis.
     
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