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Old 08-24-2012, 04:50 PM   #11
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I'm thinking of getting the biocube because of the size difference in water changes and cost. To get the 150 gallon I'd be doing extra chores for money every day of my life...
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:57 PM   #12
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Could I still stock it with some mushroom corals, zoas, an anemone, a pair of clowns, and a pistol shrimp and goby pair?
Would this stock plus a CUC work for a 29 gallon biocube?
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:26 PM   #13
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I would say.... Maybe. It looks fine except the anemone in a while can take over the whole tang and sting and kill corals. Youd have to wait 6-12 months to add an anemone also. I would just get the 150. I have one, a lot more stocking options, I paid $500 for a T5 fixture 8 bulb.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:31 PM   #14
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Idk what all these other people are talking about. They make it seem as if it costs thousands to maintain a 150g tank. My suggestion is go for the 150g. You can get base rock which is only $2 a pound compared to live rock at $6-10 a pound. Lights will not cost you 2k. You can get 4 bulb t5s for $150. You can also go the fish only route and get lights for $50. Pool filter sand is $5 a for a 50 pound bag and you need 150 pounds. This was my 150g set up that I put about $800 into
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:12 PM   #15
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Idk what all these other people are talking about. They make it seem as if it costs thousands to maintain a 150g tank. My suggestion is go for the 150g. You can get base rock which is only $2 a pound compared to live rock at $6-10 a pound. Lights will not cost you 2k. You can get 4 bulb t5s for $150. You can also go the fish only route and get lights for $50. Pool filter sand is $5 a for a 50 pound bag and you need 150 pounds. This was my 150g set up that I put about $800 into
Its true, you don't have to geek out on it. The awesome thing about this hobby is that you can do it on almost any budget. An anemone needs high light and good water quality, so that you might have to wait on, but that doesn't mean you can't start the tank.
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Idk what all these other people are talking about. They make it seem as if it costs thousands to maintain a 150g tank. My suggestion is go for the 150g. You can get base rock which is only $2 a pound compared to live rock at $6-10 a pound. Lights will not cost you 2k. You can get 4 bulb t5s for $150. You can also go the fish only route and get lights for $50. Pool filter sand is $5 a for a 50 pound bag and you need 150 pounds. This was my 150g set up that I put about $800 into
Is that real coral?
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Is that real coral?
They were coral inserts but with the lights and equipment I had, I could've added coral.
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I'd be spending 350 dollars on the tank, two lights, two emperor 500 bio wheel filters, a wet-dry bioball filter, two under the tank wavemakers, and a tank stand. Would I only need live rock and live sand to start the tank?
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I'd be spending 350 dollars on the tank, two lights, two emperor 500 bio wheel filters, a wet-dry bioball filter, two under the tank wavemakers, and a tank stand. Would I only need live rock and live sand to start the tank?
Yep. And neither have to be live. You would be looking at $650 total costs for rock, sand, and salt. Maybe $700 for some other stuff like heaters, testing equipment, and a hydrometer.
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Refractometer would be better. Only about $25 more and is 100% more accurate. Just to be safe, you don't want to waste $1000 because of salinity.
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