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Old 03-30-2003, 10:59 AM   #11
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I did, or my parents did, so I am stuck in the freshwater world for a while.
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Old 03-30-2003, 11:16 AM   #12
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75 gal. reef, 20 gal. sump & 15 gal. Refugium. After four years alot of trial and error with fish, coral, hardware & assc. I have spent approx. seven thousand dollars (my wife wants my credit cards back )
And I don't really consider my tank high tech. Don't start a reef unless you plan on spending lots of money over the years. I feel it is money well spent being I enjoy this hobby.
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Old 03-30-2003, 08:47 PM   #13
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Money shouldn't be the object of owning a saltwater tank. It is the enjoyment of it's view and a hobby. Of course it cost money, My 180 gal. reef ready, oak cabinet, a wet dry w/pump, protien skimmer and two 6' light strips was a deal for $500 3 years ago. It was set up for 2 years as a fish only tank until I had to tear it down due to divorce. Make sure your other half is in this with you.
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Old 03-31-2003, 12:16 PM   #14
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I'm setting up a 90 gal and my budget is now around $2300
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I have to agree with Kevin earlier in the thread. IF you are handy with things electrical and wood, it is roughly about $10.00 per gal. I setup a 55 with about $350. I built a full fledged canopy w/ 2 2 bulb 40 watt fixtures, for a whopping $35. and $100 for NO bulbs. I have a friend that wants the NO's and I am getting 2 175 MH's for $220.( Ushio 10K)
I have probably spent close to $250 on LR and $100 on Fish. $150 on Inverts.

So in all, $985 so far ( not including food, supplements, etc...)

$220 to go for the MH

So, hmmm 1k down and more to go>>>>>
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I wont even comment on how much I have in my saltwater setups, because my wife might be standing behind me reading this. LOL
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Old 03-31-2003, 11:50 PM   #17
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$2300 should get you a nice start, just don't skimp, My budget was $1400 (already had the tank and stand) for my 75 gal.
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lets see

2.5 gallon tank and glass lid - 15
powerhead - free, donated from a friend
live rock - mostly free, bought a 4 dollar piece that came with a few mushrooms
lighting - 30
canopy - free, found the wood from a different project
sand - 3
livestock - 3 bucks or so for 2 astrias

55 total...thats 22 bucks/gallon...

and i have plans of setting up a 29...maybe i'll have to rethink those plans...
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Old 04-07-2003, 05:48 PM   #19
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No Skimping....

90 Gallon AGA Reef Ready 275 LFS
Oceanic Stand and Canopy 550 LFS
Quiet One pump 99 marineDepot
3 Maxi Jet Powerheads 19 per MarineDepot
Pro Heat II Titanium Heater 250W 45 DrFosters
Ebo Jaeger 200W 16 Doctor Fosters
Mag7 Pump 55 DrFosters
Berlin Classic Skimmer 155 DrFosters or Marine Depot
Seatest and DeepSix Hydrometers 7.50 per either
Ground Fault circuit Interruptor 20 Dr Fosters
2 Power Strips 18 per HomeDepot
CoralLife Aqualight 4x65W .. 2 10,000k 2 Actinic with Fans 225 HelloLights.com
BigTemp Digital Thermometer 29 MarineDepot
Pinpoint Digital PH Monitor 95 MarineDepot
Seachem Master Test Kit 23 DrFosters
Python No Spill - OH MY GOD This is a great invention!!! 23 DrFosters
135 Lb Fiji Select Live Rock - www.liveaquaria.com 330 plus SH
4" DSB - SouthDown Playsand 15? HomeDepot
Sump - Old Amiracle 250SL - Bought from Ebay 105
Various Plumbing supplies ?? LFS
Teflon Tape - for external plumbing joings 5 LFS
Silicone - cack in the sump 4 HomeDepot
Cleaning supplies...Water conditioner.... ?? LFS, Dr Fosters
Instant OceanSalt LFS - by mistake... DR Fosters would have saved me $25

I could go on....Let's say the budget is no longer $2300
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