Originally Posted by bruinsbro1997
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.