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Old 01-17-2013, 11:29 PM   #1
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150-200 gallon reef

Hello AA community, I need your opinions on something.

I am thinking about getting a 150-200 gallon reef setup. This will be my FIRST salt water tank EVER and I don't know if its a good decision.

What would be the start up cost?
Monthly cost (bills/supplies)
Is it worth it?
Is it hard to maintain?
How much harder is it compared to fresh water?
Anything else I would need to worry about?

I appreciate all the help and await your suggestions
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:42 PM   #3
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:47 PM   #4
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Hello AA community, I need your opinions on something.

I am thinking about getting a 150-200 gallon reef setup. This will be my FIRST salt water tank EVER and I don't know if its a good decision.

What would be the start up cost?
Monthly cost (bills/supplies)
Is it worth it?
Is it hard to maintain?
How much harder is it compared to fresh water?
Anything else I would need to worry about?

I appreciate all the help and await your suggestions
That's a big tank to start of with. This is a very loaded question. Here are some links to hopefully help you out.

In short it can be as simple as you want or as complex as your budget allows for.

http://www.thereeftank.com/blog/sett...ater-aquarium/

http://youtu.be/UwRvd5kS4wY

http://www.saltwater-aquarium-guide.com/

http://www.saltwater-aquarium-online...ner-guide.html

http://www.melevsreef.com/overview.htm
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:49 PM   #5
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Bigger is always better. Smaller systems are much more susceptible to fluctuations. It easier in salt water to maintain say a 100 gallon tank than a 10 gallon tank.
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Go big or go home
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:56 PM   #7
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It varies greatly all depending on what you do and how you set up. However for 150 gallons+, I would expect to pay at least 2500 before adding fish, but many pay a lot more. Some, however build their own stands, sumps, etc.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:21 AM   #8
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Just set up a 90 gallon - still curing my system - no fish yet.

Had the tank and stand from my parents old FOWLR and used 70 lbs of their old dry rock.

Cost so far without livestock - $2600 without the old equipment

My tank set-up is in my profile
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What products would you reccomend? skimmer, fliter etc
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:29 AM   #10
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At this point, it's really just too broad to tell you. You have a lot to learn, so take it slow, try to do a lot of research, and them come with a couple specific questions at a time.
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