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Old 08-04-2011, 12:13 AM   #11
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i want to keep this entire setup - fish and lr for under 50 usd.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:16 AM   #12
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You might be able to find something used, but $50 is barely enough to cover the rock let alone lights, filter and other stuff. I'm thinking for a coral able tank youre looking at over $200 with everything. Rock can range from 2.50 a lb for base and up to 5.99 a lb for live rock and youll need at least 10lbs of rock. :-(
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well is anyone one the forums selling the stuff i will need used?
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is there anyway i can do this cheaper?
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:01 AM   #15
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is there anyway i can do this cheaper?
I hate to break it to you, but there is no cheap in saltwater. Because the fish are more delicate and the tank harder to take care of, the more costly it is to maintain because you must keep everything constant. In freshwater it's easy because things fluctuate all the time due to the seasons and changes in the rivers. In an ocean it is constant year round, which is why it's important that it's the same in the tank.
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I hate to break it to you, but there is no cheap in saltwater. Because the fish are more delicate and the tank harder to take care of, the more costly it is to maintain because you must keep everything constant. In freshwater it's easy because things fluctuate all the time due to the seasons and changes in the rivers. In an ocean it is constant year round, which is why it's important that it's the same in the tank.
Bruin is right. Sw is not cheap. In a 5-10 gal nano you should be able to get away without a skimmer if you are doing coral. But that means more water changes!! Honestly, doing smaller tanks are harder for beginners than larger ones. Fish and coral will grow. In a 5 gal tank, your live stock could out grow the tank in 2-4 months. You could do a diy led light for the tank, but your still looking at a cost over what you want to spend.
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even if buy used? where could i get used supplies?
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even if buy used? where could i get used supplies?
Start with C's -list look at your LFS most have a board with stuff for sale.join a local reef club the best deals are there IMO what lights do you have now? Filter? Go with base rock you'll save a lot by not paying for water weight, use pool filter sand 50lbs for $4 get the biggest can of salt you can it will cost less when bought in bulk
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i dont have anything needed, and dont know of any clubs, my lfs is far away.
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