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Old 10-27-2014, 08:17 PM   #1
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A lucky find leads to a new SW tank

While cleaning out my closet, I found a gift fountain pen someone gave me 20 years ago. I had forgot all about it and had never used it. Truthfully is is really ugly. When I looked it up on eBay to my surprise it was considered a classic. So I'm selling it and looking to invest my windfall in a new saltwater tank. Instead of the nano I was about to setup, I've looking at the Red Sea Max130D. Since its a pricey piece of equipment I thought I'd ask the experts here what their experiences are or what they've heard about it. I would also like to know if people think it's worth the money. And lastly what would be a good alternative to it. I love the idea of plug and play. Thanks everyone for any input.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:58 PM   #2
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While cleaning out my closet, I found a gift fountain pen someone gave me 20 years ago. I had forgot all about it and had never used it. Truthfully is is really ugly. When I looked it up on eBay to my surprise it was considered a classic. So I'm selling it and looking to invest my windfall in a new saltwater tank. Instead of the nano I was about to setup, I've looking at the Red Sea Max130D. Since its a pricey piece of equipment I thought I'd ask the experts here what their experiences are or what they've heard about it. I would also like to know if people think it's worth the money. And lastly what would be a good alternative to it. I love the idea of plug and play. Thanks everyone for any input.
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how much money are we talking?

personally i would do a 50 gallon cube (or close to it) with ATO, LEDs, with a 30-40 gallon sump / fuge. I'd either do full blown reef or do a predator tank to be honest. cant wait to see this build
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:11 PM   #3
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We are talking about a little less than $1,000. Yeah I know it's hard to believe. I was floored when I saw it on eBay.. The only reason it's worth anything is because it was a limited edition of 6000 pieces and a commemorative pen. In a fancy box with some documents. If I remember correctly, my office chipped in and gave it to me as a birthday present. Crazy right? Right now I have a heavily planted nano and I'm trying to breed Killifish in my other nano. I want something peaceful and pretty. What's an ATO?


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We are talking about a little less than $1,000. Yeah I know it's hard to believe. I was floored when I saw it on eBay.. The only reason it's worth anything is because it was a limited edition of 6000 pieces and a commemorative pen. In a fancy box with some documents. If I remember correctly, my office chipped in and gave it to me as a birthday present. Crazy right? Right now I have a heavily planted nano and I'm trying to breed Killifish in my other nano. I want something peaceful and pretty. What's an ATO?


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ato = auto top off system so you have no salinity swings.
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I'd skip the Red Sea all in ones. I'm not a fan as it limits you with upgrades due to limited sump and canopy space. You can put your own system together for less normally.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:44 PM   #6
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I agree, most plug and plays aren't really plug in plays. Most need upgrades for a reef. I would suggest just building your own tank. You could make a pretty nice one for $1k
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The Red Sea max is actually a pretty nice tank and more reef capable. But for the price of one you could put together a much nicer tank.


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Thanks people. Any suggestions on the equipment? There is so much out there not to mention all the different reviews and opinions. I think the people on this forum really know what's going on and truly want to help their fellow hobbyists. Thanks for everything.
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For a plug and play, or building your own tank? What size tank are you thinking?
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Somewhere between 25 and 40 gallons. I need some fish in my reef tank as well as coral. I was looking at ADA and ADG but there prices were off the wall. They added up to close to $2,500 for a 35 gallon tank without protein skimmer or heater.


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