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Old 06-30-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Hey, not official yet, but i would really like to get a 40 gallon and start a saltwater tank, and i have a few questions. First off, is this a good size tank? Also, what type of filtration should i use (hob, canister, or sump)? Then, what other supplies/equipment is necessary for me to have? And how much is rock/sand? and do i need it live? I'm trying to price out what it would be and figure out if I'm able to go through with it or not! Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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Hey, not official yet, but i would really like to get a 40 gallon and start a saltwater tank, and i have a few questions. First off, is this a good size tank? Also, what type of filtration should i use (hob, canister, or sump)? Then, what other supplies/equipment is necessary for me to have? And how much is rock/sand? and do i need it live? I'm trying to price out what it would be and figure out if I'm able to go through with it or not! Thanks!
Fowlr or reef??

Skimmer
Sump
Salt
The salt level checker thingy
40lbs of sand
50-80lbs of rock
Lots of circulation pumps
Heater
Salt water test kit

Rock is generaly $2-$4 a pound
Do not need to get the sand or rock live.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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Hey, not official yet, but i would really like to get a 40 gallon and start a saltwater tank, and i have a few questions. First off, is this a good size tank? Also, what type of filtration should i use (hob, canister, or sump)? Then, what other supplies/equipment is necessary for me to have? And how much is rock/sand? and do i need it live? I'm trying to price out what it would be and figure out if I'm able to go through with it or not! Thanks!
Hey, glad 2 see someone else trying SW. I think a 40 B is a great starter tank, but tangs will not be able to live there. I suggest to look at live aquaria for fish ideas.
As for filtration, but it really matters what you prefer, how much live filtration, and your bio load. I have a 25 but I 'm running a 40-60 Hob for add flow and filtrating. Sumps are great, so are refrigums but are not nesscarily needed. Live sand and rock are your main filtration.

As for. what you need. First you have to awnser a few questions.

1. Do you want corals?
2. Do you want a sand or bare bottom tank

You need power heads, salt, heaters, filters, lights if you want coral
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Ok, well i think i'll start with fowlr and get reef-safe fish to slowly change into a reef. How much can lighting cost me? And is there anything like low-light corals? And, do you suggest getting an ro/di unit or just buying water from my LFS?
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Ok, well i think i'll start with fowlr and get reef-safe fish to slowly change into a reef. How much can lighting cost me? And is there anything like low-light corals? And, do you suggest getting an ro/di unit or just buying water from my LFS?
Get an ro/di it will be cheaper in the long run. Ya there is low light corals,but you you will want the better ones as time goes on so i suggest the coralife lunar lights
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Ok, well i think i'll start with fowlr and get reef-safe fish to slowly change into a reef. How much can lighting cost me? And is there anything like low-light corals? And, do you suggest getting an ro/di unit or just buying water from my LFS?
Ro/di units will save you money in the future so I suggest to get one. Lights can range from 70 up . They get pretty crazy with prices. There's lot if low light corals , such as mushrooms. Google is my best friend when it comes to coral
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Ro/di units will save you money in the future so I suggest to get one. Lights can range from 70 up . They get pretty crazy with prices. There's lot if low light corals , such as mushrooms. Google is my best friend when it comes to coral
Gotcha. How much will a unit cost me then?
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Gotcha. How much will a unit cost me then?
Around $150 for a ro unit and $150-$200 for lights
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A good ro/di can go from 80-160 buti bought a cheap one for 60 and it works good.
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That will really depend on how soon you want to go from fowlr to having corals. I would suggest buying the best one you can afford now instead if having to buy another when you decide to go full reef. Look on Craigslist for great deals, I got and entire 120 setup for $600. Another option is to get one of the cheap led fixtures, little more $ up front but no bulb changes so its will cost you less in the long run.
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