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Old 08-22-2017, 04:11 PM   #1
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Big on getting a large tank, not big on the price.

Hey Reefers, I'm Looking to begin an 80-120 gallon reef tank in the near future. I started with a 15 gallon nano and I'm now ready to really get going with a bigger setup. Im a big fan of the Innovative marine Nuvo SR series. But Im not a fan of the price :P

But hey, it's an expensive hobby to have developed a passion for. I'm willing to save up and make that move eventually, but in the mean time, does anyone know of some more affordable tank manufacturers out there? Or of some tanks that that are comparable?

I'd appreciate any advice people might have for moving up in this hobby.

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Old 08-22-2017, 04:16 PM   #2
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Look around for a nice sed tank. There are reefers dropping out of the hobby all the time for may reasons. I just picked up this tank stand and sump for $400.00 from a fellow reefer. 120G dual durso Click image for larger version

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Old 08-24-2017, 11:59 AM   #3
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I have a 6 foot 125 gallon and I got it on Craigslist for $500 with sump, pumps, heaters, sand and liverock. New it would probably have been $4000 all in but as a package on craigslist it was really affordable. I then got a really good used skimmer for $100 and bought 3 ebay LED units for $100 each. Tank looks killer and for a big reef didn't cost that much to get going...

Now stocking it on the other hand...lol
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Old 08-24-2017, 02:40 PM   #4
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How important is rimless to you?

At that size, if cost a concern a standard 4ft 90g or 6ft 125g on a wooden stand with a sump underneath will be vastly cheaper. Even more so if you go the DIY route on the sump.
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Keep in mind with a large tank comes larger equipment which in turn is additional $$ to the tank cost. I probably have $1K between my trigger sump return pump skimmer and heaters. You defiantly have to think about the whole thing. 80-100lbs of sand, 100-150 lbs of rock. It is a great hobby but the joke is light and burn $500.00. If you are okay with that then you are ready for the hobby LOL! This is a 40B which is my other tank. It is an awesome reef tank 36" X 18" X 17" Click image for larger version

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You defiantly have to think about the whole thing.
I agree that it is important. But there is no need to be defiant about it.
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I agree that it is important. But there is no need to be defiant about it.


No attitude here. Just trying to help a future aquarist save spending outside of intended planned budget. I know because I really had no idea how much I would spend once I got hooked LOL! Best hobby which everyone can enjoy around you. We just do all the work
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He was making a joke about how you spelled definitely as defiantly...not actually saying you had attitude lol.
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He was making a joke about how you spelled definitely as defiantly...not actually saying you had attitude lol.


Oh lol! Thought it was weird since I was trying to be nice
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Did not realize I misspelled it. What do you expect from a trade school guy LOL
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