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Old 06-02-2004, 04:11 PM   #11
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Large tanks are expensive to operate. The $100/mo was just a quick estimate based upon what I have seen from my own tanks. I have two tanks one a 80 gal tank and one a 75 gal tank and those to tanks alone account for about $50/month in electricty. While mine are reefsetups with high output lights a large tank would need large pumps. Large bodied animals will produce alot of waste resulting in either a very extensive filtration system or frequent water changes. Those water changes require water and unless you have a well you have to pay a water bill for your town. So thats money plus the cost of salt.

Its nice to see a young person so energetic about the hobby but I also feel its important to start small and work your way up. If this is your first saltwater tank then I would suggest a 55 or 75 gal tank to start with. If your saving up you can start with this size and it will give you a fair amount of flexability in doing fish only or reef. And if you go with fish only you can elect to do a preditory type setup or a more docile setup.

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Old 06-02-2004, 06:20 PM   #12
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yeah i think ill start with a 55 and then ill see how that works out for me. thanks.

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Originally Posted by pYrOmAnIaC
im thinkin of a 718 gal tank that is 24"Hx72"Wx96"L. where can i find filtration for a tank this size or would i have to make my own filtration?
for any huge aquarium, you'd prolly have to make your own filtration system, probably using a few good sized sand filters used for pool applications. You also can't forget that on a shark tank like that, a UV sterilizer or ozonizer of the right size would almost be mandatory, and they're pretty expensive even for a small setup

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