I think ASM is a sub-affiliate of another company or something like that.
The initial setup for SW
is indeed expensive but the monthly maint isn't that bad. There are things you can get a great price on off of eBay. I bought my fluvial FX5 filter (around $200-250 shipped) my RO
($200 shipped) and nova extreme pro lighting (around $250-300 shipped). There are some things you can hold off on during your cycle, like lighting, skimmer (although, you can run it to break it in during the cycle), RO
, buy dry sand instead of the so called "live" sand. Mix base rock with LR
Drs Foster and Smith doesn't charge based on weight, but they tend to be a little more expensive so buy bulk there. I bought 270lbs of sand, a 6foot lighting system, about 5 buckets of salt and variuos other things for $15.99 shipped....