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Unread 12/23/2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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Big Old Reef or Super Sweet Nano?

So I find myself enjoying being back in the hobby.
My 58 is doing great, my corals are growing out and I'm pretty much leaving well enough alone with that tank. Sooner or later I'll get a better skimmer for it, but really it's doing well.

I've been thinking about either setting up a really big tank in my family room (which would probably mean the 58 in my bedroom comes down) or setting up a super sweet nano at the office.

I've been looking at AIO's from nano customs, some of the cool zero edge things, or even just doing my own thing with a crazy pico.

Or I could do a 200-300 gallon tank at home and get a tang back in my life...

I can't really decide which way to go, if any at all.
If you had the option between the big old tank or the sweet nano at work, which way would you go, and why?


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Unread 12/23/2008, 08:23 PM   #2
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Big Reef at home.

That way when people come over ya don't have to haul them back to your bedroom.

At work ya need to work. The reef will distract you and besides, something could go wrong over the weekends or the cleaning crew, employees that hate you.............etc.


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Unread 12/23/2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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Didn't even consider that maybe I like bringing people back to my bedroom did ya?


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Unread 12/23/2008, 09:34 PM   #4
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Didn't even consider that maybe I like bringing people back to my bedroom did ya?
Lol! I personally love the big tanks but with electricity going up and up I'm sticking with the nano. Seems easier to manage even though it needs more watching.

I do "ahem" happen to have a big tank for sale.


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Unread 12/23/2008, 10:00 PM   #5
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Get a big tank and then you can do whatever you want.


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Unread 12/23/2008, 10:11 PM   #6
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DM,

Funny Ive been thinking the same thing. Ive looked into both avenues, going larger than what I have now. As KirstenK said, a big reef at home is awesome and I do love mine. However, after having large reefs for several years, Ive lately been wanting a totally customized "semi-nano" that is turning out to be around 37 gallons. If I were you, I wouldnt do it at work though, for reasons already stated. Like you, my dilemmna is wanting to keep my Tangs.

I still dont know what Im gunna do


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Unread 12/23/2008, 10:45 PM   #7
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I have owned a sweet nano, no thanks. I actually find upkeep was much harder with the nano for the corals I kept. Water perams had to be monitored daily as it was an alk and calcium black hole. & just overall it was so much more work it seemed.

Once I went to my larger setup "about 100G of total water volume" life has been oh so sweet. Do not think I will ever go nano again, or at least nothing smaller than a 50G setup. I am enjoying things so much with my current setup, I plan a 240 - 300 in the next house.


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Unread 12/23/2008, 10:58 PM   #8
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Well my wife has chimed in, guess I should have started with her... You will all be happy to know that she votes big tank too.

We have a perfect room for a big tank, not currently being used for anything, shares a wall with a pseudo garage which will hence forth be known as the fish (and bicycle storage) room.

Well I guess it's time to start a new thread about what giant tank to get.
Chet, compelling, very compelling.... There is also that waterfall tank that was on here a few times.... decisions decisions


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Unread 12/23/2008, 11:47 PM   #9
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Well, glad you got her approval.

She is going to have to approve the budget for a big tank, both in the start-up and maintenance. Good luck.

8'x3'x2' would be fantastic IMO. That would be my ideal size.


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Unread 12/23/2008, 11:59 PM   #10
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Approval of the aesthetics is the only thing I have to worry about with her. What's going to be tricky is I don't want just a big tank. I want something with a little something... That's why Chet's cube is so interesting, or that awesome tank Ryan was selling.... Hmm, I have a PM to send...


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Unread 12/24/2008, 10:10 AM   #11
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I always thought what was on the inside of the tank makes the tank special more than the outside although that certainly helps a lot?

What awesome tank was Ryan selling in the 300+ gallon range? Are you talking about the waterfall? That would definitely be unique.

It's a good thing that your wife approves of all the expenses. In this economy, I make sure that my wife approves of the larger expenditures. Don't want to be in the dog house.


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Unread 12/24/2008, 10:55 AM   #12
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I say you should have the best of both worlds. Build a big giant 300+ aquarium, but aquascape tiny islands of live rock dedicated to one coral on each island. This way you have many picos/nanos in one big giant tank.

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