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Old 02-17-2016, 07:11 PM   #61
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you started by spending $800 for the tank and stand. So now how it costed you with everything you did in this project?

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NO! NO! NO!
you NEVER ask a question that will cause us to actually think about how much $$$$ we spend on fish.
you trying to give the poor guy a coronary!?


and you never, never, ever tell the wife the real $$$ amount.
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:41 PM   #62
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My other half think every coral I've ever bought is no more then £25 I'm glad she never looks at prices or I would be homeless haha
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A very good question! I actually was thinking about this the other day, so now that it has been brought up I will try to itemize it and see where we are at.

Tank, stand, sump, and miscellaneous stuff that came with the setup: 800
Reeflo return pump: 280
MP 40 : 175 on craigslist (technically I got this when I still had the 90 but it was for this new tank)
mag 18 for skimmer: 125 on eBay
second sump/refugium: 100 craigslist
Sand and rocks: 100 from craigslist (the guy threw in the tomini tang and a pair of picasso clown fish as well!) This was a huge deal, because it was probably like 100 lbs of rocks and two full buckets of sand, plus the fish.
300w heater: I think 35 on drs foster smith
plumbing supplies: 60
Salt (so far): 100 (2 boxes of reef crystals)
Replacement rodi filter media: 75

Total equipment: 1850


I already owned all the other equipment not listed. I will probably get another chinese led panel which should run 100.

Now as for livestock I really haven't gotten much until recently. The fish that I have added are: sailfin tang (25), 2 firefish(12 for both), diamond goby (15), cardinal(10), and one anthias(20). I had a blue tang that died which was 30.

Most of the coral came from my old setup, I just recently started buying new frags (will post pics soon). I also have a couple reefer friends that I trade coral with, so I have probably only spent 50-75 on new coral since this tank was setup.

Snails, crabs, etc was probably about 50.

So that brings the total to right around 2k.

I sold the 90 gallon setup for 400 so Im back down to 1600 net.
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Well that is a good price point. This will encourage more people in to this hobby. A lot of time fancy names like mp 40, reflo etc gives an impression that they are very costly. By the way the led lighting like hat kessil and likes will cost you another 800 - 1000.

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My other half think every coral I've ever bought is no more then £25 I'm glad she never looks at prices or I would be homeless haha
Lol, no kidding!
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Some updated pics!

LFS had these big Orange sponges that are pretty cool, and in the bottom right corner are three frags of zoas- green, yellow and red, to hopefully colonize on this rock.



Next, neon hydnophora, pink chalice, green torch. above the torch is an encrusting sps I forget the name, it is pink and orange. On the very left is a bright pink goniopora, but it has not opened up. Also another cardinal photobomb.


New Favia frag, 2 year old frogspawn and GBTA





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Beautiful tank Eric.


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Man thats a beautiful tank and love the colorful fish too.

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Thank you both! On to the next task. The system came with a doser which I will setup with brs 2 part. There is also a media reactor so i figured I will run some carbon in there but I'm a little skeptical. I really don't know much about carbon- I mean I know it will strip away impurities and is also good to mitigate toxins that corals release, but what are the drawbacks or risks?


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Well I have not tested the water in a while- and have also been slacking on water changes, and while it looks alright, I've noticed some suspicious stuff. To start off, a gsp rock has not opened up in a few weeks after I moved it- I thought it was just adjusting to new spot but it should not take this long. Next, an acro that was growing nicely bleached out and died in a matter of days, a green lepto frag did the same thing. A chalice is starting to lose tissue around the edges. Finally a ponape birdsnest has slowly been bleaching and I see some tissue recession in the interior. I did a WC and tested the water yesterday and I was shocked at the results- CA is 300-320, KH is 7, and MG is 1000(first test actually was 800 but I figured that couldn't be right). I tested all twice to be sure. These readings are at 1.023 SG so I could bring that up a little bit but it will still be way below recommended parameters. I am bringing in a water sample to LFS today to confirm the numbers. If accurate, This explains the coral issues. I've also noticed a lot more coralline algae growth recently which, while pretty and all, is competing (and winning) with the coral for the elements. What testing products do you all use? I have api for everything and red sea for mg. the api tests are a couple years old now so I def need some new kits. I like the red sea kit so I was thinking of getting their ca and KH as well.


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