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Old 09-23-2003, 06:33 PM   #41
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Hm, does not sound like a q tank at all but instead an additional show tank. Since the concept of a q tank is one that is only setup when quarinteening new creatures or treating fish for disease. A q tank thats setup all the time is really just a second show tank.
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Old 09-24-2003, 09:21 PM   #42
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Hmm using your view of this situation it looks like I may be able to have three tanks in the house instead of two. That would be cool. We will have to see how this goes over with the wife. Thanks,
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Old 10-23-2003, 02:44 AM   #43
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Just found this thread. Though I am not at all sure that I like it. I find that if I think to hard about all the money that has been sunk into my aquarium habit I might break the whole thing down lol. I have 58 gal Oceanic tank. i have no idea what the break down is but so far I belive I am bordering on the 3 grand range between livestock up keep and equipment. Not to mention that I am currently getting rid of my fishies because I have to have seahorses. Which means a species specific tank. When I think about the money I will spend for tank raised seahorses I cringe, But all and all its worth it! I wouldnt trade the obsession for anything!
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Old 05-27-2004, 11:18 PM   #44
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I wish I would have seen this thread before I made the plunge into saltwater! hehe.

Anyways, It doesn't matter cause I wouldn't give it up now if I could!

I am addicted.
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Old 05-27-2004, 11:38 PM   #45
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I would say that if you have a reef you are much better off not thinking about that new car you were going to get. most people have thousands invested.
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Well my initial stand, canopy, tank, skimmer, plumbing, r/o unit, lights, sump, powerheads, heater, etc ran me $2600. Add LR and LS (rock was uncured) another $700. Add livestock to date about $600.
Then with the velvet oubreak in Jan, a 40 gallon and a 10 gallon qt set up, another $500 or so with the meds. Ad another $400 for all the salt I went through with the water changes in qt.
Thats about $4900, and thats not including food, test kits, filter pads, etc.
And I wonder why my wife is ready to kill me.
BTW, am considering turning the 40 gallon into a reef tank.
Here we go again!! 8O
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Old 05-27-2004, 11:57 PM   #47
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Oh ya, and a recent skimmer upgrade cost another $350.
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Old 05-28-2004, 12:12 AM   #48
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I have about $1300 into my 29 gal. not including the maintenance and electric. But it's worth every penny SW reef keeping is quite a rewarding hobby.
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Old 05-31-2004, 02:51 PM   #49
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I don't even have a tank yet, and I've spent about $450 ... on books! I bought most of the ones listed on the recommended reading list. My hunger for knowledge is insatiable.
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I confess I just skimmed most of this since I'm coming in kinda late on it, but here is my break down.

175gal bowfront, stand and canopy--2400.00
40gal Glass sump, drilled for 2 more units, DAS filter. 400.00
Lighting 500.00
Live rock. 400 pounds at 5.99 per pound (on a good day)... 2,396.00
Sand...25.00 a bag. (up to 8 bags as of now)....200.00
Skimmer 350.00
Power heads and pumps 400.00
Wave maker----100.00
Heater--45.00
Saltwater (just to fill it...not changes) 175.00
R/o machine--200.00
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Grand total: $7,166.00

And I dont have a top off unit, Calc reactor, or a chiller. So you could add another 500 for that down the road.

Also...Clean up crew is as much part of the equipment as they are inhabitants.
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