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Old 09-30-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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No I'm pretty excited that I am finally piecing together my set up but I have multiple people calling me stupid cause this hobby will cost my thousands of dollars a year. Any truth to this!?
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:11 PM   #2
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No I'm pretty excited that I am finally piecing together my set up but I have multiple people calling me stupid cause this hobby will cost my thousands of dollars a year. Any truth to this!?
a little sight into the setup that you're thinking about would be nice. otherwise we can only guess what you're going to do. furthermore, if you think about it, any serious hobby, ie photography, football...etc, can all cost serious money year round.
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I am doing a 75 gal corner flow with a ruby 36 sump. I know the initial set up cost will be big. I just want a few fish but mainly reef.
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everything is relative. some hardcore hobbyists do spent thousand or so in their reef system since they want top-of-the-line everything. IME and IMO, it's more or less a few hundred dolloars. definitely not the thousand dollar range if you still want some basic equipments with easy livestock.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:37 PM   #5
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but my friend, there's never enough when it comes to this hobby. one day i want this coral, the next day i want that fish, and the next month i would love to upgrade my equipment. so in the end, you will spend more money than you would want to. but if you keep everything to a minimum, then few hundreds is what i say the most money you will spent. you have to take into consideration the cost of salt, ro/di water, lighting bill, and fish/coral food at the bare minimum.
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also to keep the wallet happy, i would suggest look into Craigslist and local reef club as they generally have discounted items (or items without retail mark-ups) ranging anywhere from equipments to livestocks.
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No I'm pretty excited that I am finally piecing together my set up but I have multiple people calling me stupid cause this hobby will cost my thousands of dollars a year. Any truth to this!?
Thousands per year? maybe if you go with a 500ish gallon tank.

Most of the cost is start up which I'm not going to lie is very expensive. BUT, who cares? If this hobby makes you happy does it really matter? People spend their entire life working for money; whos job is it to say they shouldn't spend it on what they enjoy?
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Keeping my reef tank running is less expensive than it is keeping my dog. If you set up a new tank every year then maybe...
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Is there websites to look at for reefing clubs and such things? Like I said I am well aware of the cost up front. That doesn't bother me in the least bit. But thousands a year would get old real quick!
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General maintenance for my 20g is probably $200 a year at the high end.
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