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Old 02-02-2007, 05:26 PM   #1
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hey ya'll... im up to about $120 dollar.. anyone here no were i can buy a tank around this price? and how big it would be?? plz help...
or do you suggest i buy a tank and a filter with this money..
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just got back from the lfs.... saw this teennyy tinny tank i loved it .. 10 gallon it was only 8.99?! so i think i will return tom and buy it!! now my question to you guys is what filter i should put into this 10 gallon... also what else will i need as equipment .. please explain to me as if i were a baby kuz i do not understand all these names you guys use... i wannt a nano reef by the way!
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IMO I would not do a 10 gallon tank. I would go bigger because the smaller the tank the less forgiving it will be to mistakes and problems. More water volume. Also IMO I believe bigger tanks should be started by beginners and small tanks after which will put some experience under your belt before going nano. JMO
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Bigger is better when you're starting out. If you don't understand what they're talking about then you're probably not ready for a nano reef. Going into it without knowing anything about tank maintenance will cost you a ton of money in the long run, not to mention a lot of disappointment. At least give yourself some more time to do research before you start buying.
I could not possibly imagine setting up a reef tank from scratch with just $120. You could *maybe* do a fish-only or fish only with live rock. A freshwater setup could be done pretty easily with that kind of money though.

But here's a list for a 10g fish-only, at a minimum:
Tank w/canopy and light hood (no stand necessary. a sturdy table will be ok) ($30 with the top)
Bag of aragonite sand ($25)
Salt Mix ($10), distilled water (2.00/gal) and hydrometer ($8 ) (your LFS may have RO/DI and/or pre-mixed salt water)
Master Liquid Reagent Test Kit ($20)
Protein Skimmer and/or filter ($120 for skimmer)
50watt heater ($15)
So you're already at $220 here.


To go reef, you'll also need:
20-30 lbs live rock (usually $7.00/lb)
For most corals, you'll need to upgrade your lighting to at least 3 watts/gallon - the lights that come with a tank are usually about half that. (my 3.2wpg compact flourescent lights were $60)
So a reef would be about $400, at least

Did I miss anything? I just recently set up a reef myself so there might be something I'm forgetting

Keep in mind also that SW fish and corals can be relatively expensive as well. Also, your fish choices would be limited:
Nano fish
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expierience i have... i accumalated my own list of prices.. that 120 is just to start off with...

-tank 8.99
-glass cover 15.99
-light like you sed was also 60$
-the water at my LFS is .50 a gallon
-i have the test kit wich test nitrites nitrates ph and amonia..not shure if thats the one u were talking about
-question on the filter slash protien skilter... isnt a filter fine? ... orr how about the skilter 400 or something like that?
-sand 10lb 16.99
-also with the heater... i previously did not have a heater in my big tank? why is this necesary
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expierience i have... i accumalated my own list of prices.. that 120 is just to start off with...

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-i have the test kit wich test nitrites nitrates ph and amonia..not shure if thats the one u were talking about
-question on the filter slash protien skilter... isnt a filter fine? ... orr how about the skilter 400 or something like that?
-sand 10lb 16.99
-also with the heater... i previously did not have a heater in my big tank? why is this necesary
Experience you say you have here, but before said you needed us to explain it to you like a baby....
Skilter isn't going to be fine. Skilter is junk. If you want a reef, you don't want a filter. At all. You want a pure, high quality skimmer and maybe a sump.
Reef or FO/FOWLR needs to be about 80F. Unless you can keep your house at that temp, you need a heater.

You will regret starting out with a 10 gallon. I have a 10 gallon, and experience with larger SW tanks, and I struggle with it.


EDIT: Sorry for being harsh. I just get bothered when people come and ask for advice, get good, honest answers and flat out ignore them. Why ask? Why get people to spend their time typing and answering your questions if you are going to ignore them?
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first of all RELAX!!!! ive had 75 gallon when i was a kid. things are al ittle diferent from when i was a kid. I really dont remember much. i have been reasing around fro a while now. Honestly, if it really bothers you that much then dont waste your time responding. I will then get a heatter and a skimmer .. anyoen have any expierence with buying one on ebay
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-also with the heater... i previously did not have a heater in my big tank? why is this necesary
Seriously? If you don't know why you need a heater, don't get a reef tank at all.
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First of all you posted a question. And others answered. When you post a question anybody has the right to answer in their experience. It is up to you to decide if you want to accept it or not. So my suggestion to you would be for you to relax and appreciate the good advice that catdrool gave you as well as others on this subject. We are interested in helping you out and experience of others can not be discounted but still it`s up to you.
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