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Old 01-09-2005, 01:56 AM   #11
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We need another 150 pounds of lr to start with and then we will start adding the corals.
Yikes! I'm glad that part is over for me.
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Old 01-09-2005, 02:05 AM   #12
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If you think about it, we all are getting our money's worth. My tank has given me hours and hours of enjoyment and I would do it all over again if I had to. That being said, I'm now a broke college student because of it. Mom and Dad send $$$$ quick, LOL!
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My wife has a rule, for every dollar I spent on the tank, I need to give her a dollar to buy shoes! I think $5K for 75-90G tank is an average....
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Old 01-09-2005, 09:04 PM   #14
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i think i'm doing pretty good! i only have a 10 gal though, but still
tank- $8
filter - $15
heater- free
powerhead- free
liverock- $80
sand- free
original light and hood - $15
new light and hood- $40
QT tank- free
little filter and heater for QT - $15
fish- $30
shrimp and inverts - about $12
salt and tests $35

thats only $250! wow! see and my boyfriend thought i was spending half of our honeymoon money! you know what this means..... I should go out and buy more stuff!

oops, i forgot the refractometer, ok add $50 to that total
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:22 PM   #15
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We need another 150 pounds of lr to start with
Thumper, I'd go w/ a 50/50 or 40/60 mix-half LR and half baserock. Try www.hirocks.com for good baserock-it will quickly become "live" growing coralline algae and housing all the other "goodies".
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:28 PM   #16
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Thanks MT79 for the advice but as of yet I havnt cut a single corner and I dont plan on doing it now. It's just another $1000 right. LOL
We have just been buying stuff as we go along so we havnt had to go out and spend $4000 at a single trip. We started this tank back in Sep. and just slowly but surely getting it where we want it which works out good since we need to be moving slowly anyway in SW
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Going 50/50 is not cutting a corner by any means. It's a prudent thing to do-it does not effect the quality/ diversity of life just takes alittle more time for the coralline/hitchhikers to cover/inhabit it. Coralline spreads very quickly tank conditions permitting. Many people do this, I'll never buy LR again b/c of the 55lbs I have already. Also, everytime you add a coral frag attached to a piece of LR you add even more diversity to your tank b/c of hitchhikers. NOT considered cutting corners by any means!! IMO, LR is a bit over rated at this time in the hobby. Cutting corners, as you've realized, is a recipe for disaster concerning reefs. Take the $$$ you'll save and invest it in livestock!
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Old 01-10-2005, 12:56 AM   #18
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mle421 - Just wait until you want a bigger tank. I have plans to do a 300G sometime this year. I just have to get buy-off from the wife.

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My little advise, if you want to get something, get the right thing in the first time. Don't buy cheap, it ends up cost you more later. MT79 is right, if you go to reef, just wait for the tank to mature. You will then get extra LRs when adding corals.
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I may look into going 50/50 but my plan was to buy 80 pounds at the end of this month and another 40-80 next month to break it up a little. I have no intentions adding corals untill April, by that time the tank will be 8 months old and hopefully ready for some livestock, at least hats the plan for now.
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