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Old 10-16-2011, 09:11 PM   #1
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Cost difference between reef tank and non-reef

I'm deciding whether or not I really want to restart my reef tank or just set it up as a FOwLR. My tank is about 50gallons.

My real question is what would the cost difference be between setting up a reef tank and FOWLR. I've only had reef tanks in the past so I don't know what FOWLR would entail.

What are the major differences in terms of equipment and cost?


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Old 10-16-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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the cost difference is alot. less lighting less waterchanges, no need to dose calcium

the lights alone will save you $100-500 (depending which way you go) and your electricity bill won't be near as high. rather then a weekly waterchange you would probably be able to get away with a bi weekly waterchange, i've known peopel to go even with a monthly one, but i'd advise against that.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:06 PM   #3
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do you still have your equipment for the last time you had a reef? and when was that, because if you had a decent light fixture and are only changing bulbs, the cost difference is going to be pretty minimal.
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I guess what should be asked is what equipment do you currently have with your 50gal?
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I guess what should be asked is what equipment do you currently have with your 50gal?
i have 96 watt ultra actinic lights i never used - pretty much everything else i think i'm going to have to replace.
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so its on;t a single power compact?
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so its on;t a single power compact?
excuse my ignorance - what do you mean?

The tank's lid has a reflective mount that is able to hold 2 of the 96 watt ultra actinic tubes.
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is it a long U-shaped type bulb?
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It is two long tubes that are attached to each other and connect to a 4 pronged electric strip.
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:51 AM   #10
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Like said above.... Fish only requires basically water changes. Much like fw. Light is minimal and no dosing. A lot less cost. Aside from all the awesome fish you can get. Also, fake coral has come a long way.
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