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Old 02-01-2013, 10:33 AM   #21
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I still say the larger the better up grading is a waste of money you can put more time into learning with a big tank. Just remember it's not a race to get fish into the tank long and slow is the way to go with salt water when my salt tank was up I didn't put fish in for months and when I did it was the cheap ones first
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:34 AM   #22
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What fish do you intend to keep? If you like tangs, then you want a 6' tank. A 125 would be the smallest I would go, but a 180 is a better choice.

What do you need for a reef tank? You will need a reef ready tank, a sump, lighting for both, live rock, a good quality protein skimmer, power heads for flow inside the tank, a refractometer, and test kits.

A sump is just an extra container of water to increase total water volume and keep many of your components in, like your skimmer, any reactors, and possibly a refugium. What exactly do you want to put in your sump?
I'm on a tight budget for this tank, the biggest I could probably do would be a 75

Ok, I'll get all of that stuff, the highest quality I can afford

And, what are you supposed to put in a sump
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Will gave you all you will need for you tank look on line for some of the things you need price will be a little cheaper good luck with your tank
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:58 AM   #24
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Will gave you all you will need for you tank look on line for some of the things you need price will be a little cheaper good luck with your tank
Ok I will thanks
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A 75 is a decent sized tank. You could probably keep a scopus or yellow eyed kole in something like that for a few years. In the sump I would have the protein skimmer, my heaters, and return pump. You could also keep a refugium as well. A 20 long is probably the biggest tank you are going to be able to fit in a 75's stand.
On a budget you could do a pair of Chinese LED panels for about 300 bucks give or take. A decent skimmer is probably going to run you around 300.
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Not sure if its been mentioned or not, but look on Craigslist for used setups. Depending on where you are, there are often insanely good deals.

I agree with bigger is better too. Get as large of a tank as your budget allows.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:19 AM   #27
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Not sure if its been mentioned or not, but look on Craigslist for used setups. Depending on where you are, there are often insanely good deals.

I agree with bigger is better too. Get as large of a tank as your budget allows.
And you could also build some of the things you need DIY is always a good way to save money
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