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Old 06-30-2007, 11:09 PM   #1
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How much did your tank cost?

I saw in the FW getting started forum they have a sticky thread about the start-up cost of a FW tank, and I saw there was a SW thread on the same subject but its way old (2003.) So I'm curious to see what people are paying these days?

I added up the rough costs of my 150 that is in its cycle stage. I probably wont sleep very well tonight (no joke...)

Equipment
150 gal. tank+stand.............$600
1030Watt Light system.........$815
RO/DI unit..........................$135
Sump/fuge w/ light...............$295
Aqua-C EV180.....................$329
Heater................................$40
Mag 12 pump.......................$130
Misc Plumbing + supplies......$70(~)
Wave2k wave maker...........$249
2x Rio Powerheads..............$65
Subtotal...............................$2728

Tank support items
3x 5gal bucket Reef Crystals $165
Testing/cleaning supplies.......$180
SeaChem marine buffer........$10
Powerstrips and timers......... $50(~)
2x 4oz AquaStik epoxy.........$20
Premium Blue Refractometer $52
1L bottle of Purigen...............$45
Subtotal...............................$522

Rock/Sand
60lb Live Tonga rock.............$275
45lb Live Fiji rock (online)......$165
45lb Live Fiji rock (lfs)...........$225
100lb Base reef rock.............$120
500lb Kolorscape Sand..........$34
Subtotal...............................$819

Grand Total:.........................$4081 (plus tax or shipping on some things) I tried to roll in the shipping but Im sure I forgot some.

Now for me, I ended up getting my sump and 45lb of fiji rock for free due to a shipping error and a crappy ebay seller who I got my money back from via paypal, so thats $460 off what I actually paid, but had I not been lucky, that grand total would be correct.

(edit - forgot the sand and refractometer)
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Old 06-30-2007, 11:13 PM   #2
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im just starting mine out but:

30lbs of aragonate sand: $40
Aquaclear 70 PHs: $50
Salt(50gal mix): $20
live rock: $56
base rock: $30
heater: $20
hydrometer: $10
Lighting: $130
Skimmer: $30

Still need corals and fish, lol!
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Old 06-30-2007, 11:25 PM   #3
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Don't even want to know. Big tanks = big cost. I spent $450 on my skimmer and that about killed me!
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Old 06-30-2007, 11:47 PM   #4
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Don't even want to know. Big tanks = big cost. I spent $450 on my skimmer and that about killed me!
8O do I want to know what skimmer you got? Prob. not
Well I stopped keeping track for fear my parents would make me take it down (lol) but here is an estimation...( I will do the 29, then I will make a guess at what I will be spending on the 75...)
29gall tank/ lights/ plastic hood $79.99 (now I know I over paid but then I was stupid LOL)
aquaclear 50-$19.99
Heater-$15 ish
coralife superskimmer 125-$127.99
65watt current fixture-$63.99 (which I would have bought two...)
40 lbs. aragite (sp?) sand-$40 (and I got a discount )
hydrometer-$8.99
test kits-$23 ish
5gall buckets(2)-$6
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22lbs. live rock from liveaquaria-$108 or so with shipping
12lbs. lace rock- $22
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yellow tailed damsel-$5.99 (gave back because I added him first and he thought he owned the whole tank)
Pajama cardinal-$17.99 (sill have)
baby pajama cardinal-$14.99 (passed away...unknown reasons)
O. clown-free (still have), well I got him as a "trade" for the tomato
six line wrasse-$19.99-(passed away because he "crawled" under a rock and suffocation )
Six line wrasse-$19.99 (still have)
Bicolor blenny-($16.99)got with a $30 gift card for my b-day (still have)
Bangaii Cardinal-$17.99 (still have)
Royal Gramma-$17.99 (still have)
yellow tailed damsel-$4.99 (still have)

Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp-$29.89 (passed away because I diddnt acclimate long enough )

Candy cane coral frag-$10.99
2x mushroom frag-$10

not to mention all the salt etc. ... and I am prob. forgetting things....and also not including tax...
total
$738... I hope my parents dont see this LOL
I will make the estimate for the 75 later ...

Well a start on the estimate for the 75...
75gall/stand/glass top/pathetic stock light-$388 (mom does not want used tank...)
4x65watt coralife fixture-$130 or so off ebay...
hang on overflow-$110 or so
pvc/siclon/glass/buffers for turning 29 into sump... roughly $50 or so?
more sand-about $80 or so...prob. more
heater-$20
22lbs. live rock from live aquaria-$108
20lbs of lace rock-about $40
(that would give me 76lbs of rock all together)
$15 pouds of lace rock crushed for sump-$30
20 pounds of sand for refuge-$20
refractometer-$50
im forgeting things I know but...
but OMGOSH I just added up those and that is $1026...all of a sudden I dont feel to great...LOL
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I pleed the 5th!
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Old 07-01-2007, 02:34 PM   #6
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but OMGOSH I just added up those and that is $1026...all of a sudden I dont feel to great...LOL
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Old 07-01-2007, 08:00 PM   #7
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I got what I think was a good deal

Everything needed to get the tank running for $2000

125 AGA tank, stand , canopy, 4x160 VHO lighting, reef devil sump and skimmer, 125lb LR and LS. Salt water delivered and set up.. Heaters, pumps inc also..
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Well... just bought a $45 jug of purigen and $110 of testing stuff. That'll put me over 4k...

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150 gal. tank+stand.............$600
That's a great deal on the tank!
I wasted a lot of money on stuff I didn't need, until I found this site. I have kept all of my reciepts but really don't want to know! LOL!
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I`m like some of the others. I dont even want to know. Some things are better left unknown. What you dont know wont hurt you.
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