This is why 120gallon tank should be listed as starter tanks. In the long run people would spend less money and stay with the 1 tank.I love my AIO Biocube but I’m wishing I started off larger. I love the whole AIO type of tank setup. Of course it’s too late to get a new tank now with how much I invested in my 32g. Just curious if this is normal. Under no circumstance am I interested in managing two tanks; getting a second tank is out of the question. I’m starting to wish I started with at least a 75 gallon.
I want a 120g sooooo bad. A 4' 120g sps and a 220 lps/softy are my goals. I want more room on my sand bed for trachyphyllia and room for a conch to roam. My pumps would work, my sump and plumbing could transfer, my 250w halides would be fine, just buy a tank and stand.... dang it stop doing this.This is why 120gallon tank should be listed as starter tanks. In the long run people would spend less money and stay with the 1 tank.
Lol this is how it starts I started with a 29 bio cube moved up to 120 gallon reef ready in the living room and now have also the 300 gallon softy and fish tank in the basementI want a 120g sooooo bad. A 4' 120g sps and a 220 lps/softy are my goals. I want more room on my sand bed for trachyphyllia and room for a conch to roam. My pumps would work, my sump and plumbing could transfer, my 250w halides would be fine, just buy a tank and stand.... dang it stop doing this.
Oh if I had a basement I would be broke and relegated to sleeping down there after the wife kicks me out of our room.... but man that 1000g display and fish room would be sweet.Lol this is how it starts I started with a 29 bio cube moved up to 120 gallon reef ready in the living room and now have also the 300 gallon softy and fish tank in the basement
I’m gonna have to Google this!I've had quite a few tanks over the years, but the one I have now is my favorite. The 25 Lagoon is just so easy to maintain. Looks super clean, no powerhead or skimmer needed.
If I were to ever upgrade, the 50 Lagoon is about as big as I would go.
Sweet mother Mary that is a lot of water to have laying around hahaI started with a 58, then upgraded to a 225 and my new tank is 1100 gallons. I don't really have any regrets right now but in a couple years I'll want to upgrade. The only regret I had was buying an acrylic tank for the 225. Glass is way easier to keep clean.
I’ve debated a larger tank. The only thing I would hate is the water changes. For my 32g, I pretty much need to 5 gallon buckets. One for removing water and one for returning water. I couldn’t imagine the water changes if I went out and bought a 75g or larger. A 200g is waaaaay out of what I’m able to manage.Gone from big tanks to small tanks over the years, and dont regret it.
Small tanks are cheaper and easier to maintain. Theres also less tendency to over stock.
What you lose is the ability to easily keep acropora. They are 100x harder to grow in a 20 vs 200 gallon tank. Everything else is easy.
Perfectly said!Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence lol.
Post college I’ve moved 3 times (in about 15 years) and I’ve always set up a new system and run it a few weeks before transferring live stock. Had a pre-college 120 gal I initially set up and ran for 6-7 years. Then down graded and really packed a 75gal full of everything from the 120. Two years later we bought our first house and I went as large as I could- 220 gal with a 125 sump. That was fun and I was able to do a lot of things with it. In the last 6 months we bought our forever home and again I down sized to a 125 gal display (admittedly I have an 8’ plywood tank in my basement). People kept telling me ‘you should go larger’ but I’m actually quite happy with the 125 as a display. After doing this for 25 years, working in shops, doing maintenance professionally and then really honing my coral keeping skills over the last 15 years I’ve hit the point where with each move I’ve been clearly able to set my goals for what the next tank ‘should be’ and what I want to accomplish.
With this hobby I always actively encourage people to start smaller, do the clown fish and the nem AIO and cut your teeth there. If the carrying costs, time commitment and drive are still there then graduate up to something bigger. The truth is that every aquarium has a lifespan and that all of us, as aquarists, run the gamut when it comes to goals and motivation. But, it’s a marathon not a sprint to get to that 10,000 hours.