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Old 03-05-2012, 11:18 AM   #21
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I started with a 55 only 5 months ago and I now have itch to get a 125 or a 180. All I can say is look at what you can spend and go as big as you can.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:42 AM   #22
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Dang it dang it dang it!! I just found a full set up 55 gallon saltwater aquarium for $350.00. Dang it!!
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:44 AM   #23
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And a 75 gallon saltwater set up for $400.00!
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:44 AM   #24
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Dang it dang it dang it!! I just found a full set up 55 gallon saltwater aquarium for $350.00. Dang it!!
Why the dang it? Doesnt seem like too great a deal anyways
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:47 AM   #25
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Well considering the fact of a 55 gallon SW set up being several thousand dollars, that is an improvement to say the least.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:54 AM   #26
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Well considering the fact of a 55 gallon SW set up being several thousand dollars, that is an improvement to say the least.
You are REALLY far off the mark. 2000 for the BEST quality equipment with a sump and all that jazz.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:55 AM   #27
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I'm pretty happy with my 46 bow front...right in between being a big tank or a small tank giving me a nice buffer for my parameters but only 5-15 gallon water changes at a time...I've just finished this tank for the most part other then reactors and future upgrades..I'm right in the neighborhood of $2k for a 46 bowfront drilled with sump/refugium and running a 6 bulb tek elite (keep in mind that's not all full blown retail since I watch CL like a hawk which any reefer should lol)

Edit* that's also including my stock of around 30 corals/frags, large CUC and 4 fish
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:06 PM   #28
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I started with a 75G that I purchased off kijiji, but since I was new to the hobby, learning on the fly and reading and got taken huge.

I ended up dropping a fortune replacing the tank, sump, skimmer and lighting right off the get go (got a 90G tank and pine stand for a great deal and was better than going with hang on overflow as the new tank was drilled).

I must say I am preferential to taller tanks, allowing your inhabitants more swimming area and corals to grow upward. It also allows the owner to create some very unique aqua-scaping as well as even creating your own 3D backgrounds and would recommend the same.
I also find that with a larger water volume, your parameters are a little forgiving if a toxic inhabitant kicks the bucket (anemone/cucumber etc.) and allows more time to conduct an emergency water change to correct the issue.

As far as equipment prices go, your are not looking at a huge difference between gear to run a 55g to 90g IMO.

With a bigger tank it allows you to have more corals, fish and fish types (some tangs or angels depending on the route you want to take).
I would search through kijiji/craigslist and even local marine forums and possibly even this website for a local purchase. I've seen fully stocked established setups in the 90-125G range for $1000-1500 range with very nice equipment and live stock.

If you are going to go down the marine route; I highly recommend an RODI unit and a bio-pellet reactor; my tank has seen amazing success with those two additions.
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You can also look for a red sea max system that have two sizes, one in the 30's and the second in the 60G range that have everything you need to run a marine tank equipment wise. These can also be picked up at a fraction of retail in the classifieds if you do not want to source out seperate components to get started.

I would go for the 60G range if going that route though.
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A 90g doesn't give you more options for fish than a 55g?

Sorry, double layer was a bad choice of words. I like tanks with a mid-level shelf like this:

Tank of the Month - October 2003 - Reefkeeping Online Magazine

If you can fill the extra space correctly I think taller reef tanks look better in the long run. I also think they fill wall space better, more symmetrical. Just a personal preference. 75g's look kind of squat to me, like a breeder tank. If you have short arms then yah I guess a 90 would be too tall.

if you can fit a 6ft def. 125g or 180g
The last thing before you commented was talk of a 75. I disagreed because a 75 is easier to light and reach the bottom-long arms or not.
The fish don't swim up and down so the extra 15 gallons isn't going to help with stocking. Even considering a 55, what fish do you think would be ok for a 90 but not for a 55? I don't think a 90 is suitable for a tang long term.

You can place monti caps half way up in a 75 just like a 90. The tank you linked has 2 x 400 watt halides over it. Not necessary for a 75 IME.
There's the personal taste aspect which I do respect, but there are other aspects to consider, like the lighting requirements, and reaching the bottom. The shallower the tank, the cheaper it is to light.
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