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Old 06-21-2009, 11:47 AM   #11
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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/DI ($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/DI, 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....
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I'll go take a look, Mine also is aware of the cost and so far I haven't had any issues (thank the lord), but you know the thunder and lightning storm is just around the corner.
Last year we had a couple of storms where we lost power for a few days. I am thinking about getting a small generator just for my tanks. Wife would rather do that then have me buy all new fish.....
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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/DI ($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/DI, 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....
Drs Foster and Smith have pretty good deals, I ordered The Eheim 2080 for i think 359 or 379 shipped and a few other things. Oh yeah this is a biggie I ordered IO 200 gal mix in the box and found it on my door step broken over and salt on the floor. I wrote them an email explained what had happened and that only 1 bag had been torn open they turned around no questions asked and sent me another complete box and told me to keep the remainder of the other. I like those people over there. I figure it will take 4 to 6 weeks to cycle which will give me more time to save a few bucks and do more research on the other items you mentioned.
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