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Old 05-07-2011, 03:57 AM   #1
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Can anyone give me an estimate on how much a salt water tank will cost to set up( include gravel, salt, substrate and corals and what ever else I would need) I have a 155 litre tank
Thanks for your help
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:54 AM   #2
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Well, coral is considered livestock so it wouldn't be part of "set up". Here is a list of costs for me setting up my recent 44g excluding tank and stand since you already have those.

Marineland Visitherm heater 200w- $20
API SW test kit - $23
Emperor 280 HOB filter - $26
Marcorocks: 50lb dry/ 10lb LR combo - $147
Marcorocks: 40Lb Bahama Aragonite sand - $30
45g of Premix SW - $45

Total =$291 (This doesn't include shipping)
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:13 AM   #3
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130 gallon setup

300 for skimmer
1200 for 12 lamp fixture
140 for power heads
350 for sump water pump
70 for aqua clear 110
50 for 30 gal sump tank
400 for tank and stand that's cheap.
450 for all my LR and I got about 70 pounds for free
130 for sand

So that's already over 3000. Don't tell my girlfriend tho. I always fib about the pricing. Most of my stuff was new, you can get better deals then that. Also have about 2000 in livestock and corals.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:24 AM   #4
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Cost ??
You might as well no do it if you are thinking of a budget. This is NOT a inexpensive hobby.
I'm sure you would be investing 3-5 thousand
It's not hard to do truthfully
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:54 AM   #5
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Lots of ppl lie about how much they spend, I guess they feel embarrassed, I always compare myself to a smoker. Or a alcoholic. Cause they spend more on booze or cigarettes in a year then I do on my aquarium
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:45 AM   #6
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It's not cheap man haha but it is an awesome hobby. Very rewarding and is 10 times better than freshwater. No one really gets excited over a freshwater tank but when friends see saltwater they love it. If you're on a budget I'd suggest a smaller tank I have a 40 gallon and it isn't too expensive. Ive probably spent less than 1000
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Craigslist is your friend, also find a local forum and go through the for sale. Lots of people come and go from this hobby. You can find some great deals from other people.
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im still on the lookout on craigslist for a bigger tank atleast 125g i thought i found one a couple days ago but when i went to go look at it the stand was horrible no room for any sump underneath and i want it all in one piece
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You can set up a tank on a strict budget. It can take some creativity but it can be done. Maintaining a tank figure about $2 per week per gallon. RO water electric, food and salt

Look around for good used equipment from e.people that are upgrading or downsizing.

There are a couple of things you will want a refractometer, liquid test kits and ATO.
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How do you figure $2.00 a day per gallon to maintain a reef aquarium.Example,I have a 75 gallon with 20 gallon sump.Taking out for rock and equipment displacement I figure I have 70 actual water volume.That would be $140 a day?I think there would be very few of us around if that was the case.
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