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Old 01-29-2013, 02:38 AM   #1
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cost to turn 30 gallon fresh to salt water

How much would it cost to turn my 30 gallon into a Saltwater tank. Not including fish or coral.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:20 AM   #2
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Depends on your current lighting fixture. I'd figure in about 600-1000$ to do it right. That's including live rock
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:53 AM   #3
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I would agree on anywhere around there and the amount after that is limitless lol
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:09 AM   #4
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the answer is also dictated by the type of saltwater tank. Fish only is one thing but if you plan on corals you will need lights.... For me I needed to light a 120 so I spent $800 on good LED's. now obviously that won't apply to a 30 gallon but the point is still there. I have found in this hobby often spending a little more for quality up front saves so much on the back end
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:21 AM   #5
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was told a rule from the beginning and its how ive always planned for tanks... A tank with plans for coral and fish that is set up right count 45-50 dollars per gallon. It's a little high but it at least lets you plan ahead for things you may not think of in the beginning. So in your case a 30 gallon think about 1350-1500 dollars by the time you buy lights, rock, sand/ substrate, skimmer, sump, extra power head or 2... It's not exact but a good rule to go by.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:37 AM   #6
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Well, I'm as cheap as they get, my 55 gallon Craigslist find is cycled and filled with live rock and sand and I have yet to hit $700. All used, except my powerheads and sand. I bought a new skimmer too and some Dr. Tim's one and only to get me going. I tossed the magnum canister filter the previous owner used in favor of an eshopps 75 hob skimmer for $165, could have paid less online by 15% but was supporting local
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And on another note: set your maximum budget. Now double that. Now you're halfway there

At least that's what always happens to me...?
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:47 AM   #8
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Always cheaper the better but if you plan high ands only spend it al you're happy. Now if you plan low and have to spend tons you get a little disappointed and question wether you should have done it or not. Funny how the brain works.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:54 AM   #9
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was told a rule from the beginning and its how ive always planned for tanks... A tank with plans for coral and fish that is set up right count 45-50 dollars per gallon. It's a little high but it at least lets you plan ahead for things you may not think of in the beginning. So in your case a 30 gallon think about 1350-1500 dollars by the time you buy lights, rock, sand/ substrate, skimmer, sump, extra power head or 2... It's not exact but a good rule to go by.
Seems alittle steap.. So if i had a 100gallon id be spending in the region of $4500-5000?
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:12 AM   #10
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Well buying a tank is included. Also as it gets bigger the price goes down because a 100 g skimmer is say 150 for a good one where a 200 g skimmer is 175 or so... If you understand what I'm saying. It's not a steady increase per gallon. The increase kind of slows down as you get bigger. Probably 30 or so a gallon for a 100 gallon+
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