I keep a 35g tank with Angels, plecos and a few other random fish. It is so stable now that when my filter unit konked out a few months ago, nothing happened. I changed the water every month, but I was too broke to buy a new filter…Amazingly, nothing died and everything looked fine. I’ve replaced it since and things are just going along. Nice little tank to look at, nothing special though.
I want to move up to saltwater sometime when I have the money, but it will be harder here in Prague…I think there is exactly 1 store and I’d have to figure out how to make my own distilled/RO water.
My friends in Denver have all gone saltwater in the past 2 years and say they will never go back. After the initial 3 months set-up time, their tanks are easier to care for than the freshwaters they had. To quote “Not many bad things grow in saltwater.” They all use 2 good books- one on ethical tanks and another on making your own systems. Yes, it cost more to set-up, but now they by RO water once every other week on the way home from work, do a water change, and feed the fish every other day or so. And WOW! do their tanks look cool! Reef set-ups with bright colorful fishies and clams and shrimps and whatnot.
I was thinking of trying to make a mini-reef setup- an all-in-one unit about the size of a 17" monitor.Here is a pic of a 20gal. nano tank. And here is a site dedicated to nano-reefs. Someday, someday…