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Old 11-30-2005, 04:32 AM   #81
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I don't even want to know how much I have spent. Its easier just to spend a little at a time and don't think about it but....

$50 for 20gal tank
stand free from scrap wood.
PowerHead $30
filter $40
DIY Skimmer $30
lighting $86 (looking to upgrade though...)
Pump $30
DIY overflow $30
LR ~$150
10 gal sump $15
Sand $30
Fish $60
Corals $35
inverts $40
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I'm going to go cry now
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Old 11-30-2005, 09:09 AM   #82
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250 dollars for my 10 gallon. It's probably close to 400 or more but I lost track lol.
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Old 11-30-2005, 10:26 AM   #83
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Old 11-30-2005, 11:59 AM   #84
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I think I have spent about $2k. I probably need to spend about $1k more to make up for all the useless stuff I bought when I first started out and didn't do enough research.
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Old 12-29-2005, 09:25 PM   #85
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I am at about 3 grand now...yeah, its insane alright. But cheaper than a drug addiction!
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:12 PM   #86
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Well...... it's getting close to the price of my (show) dog..... almost 3k ... no fish as of yet and not even a month into my first SW set up. I still need a few things before I add livestock, 1 or 2 more PH, a backup heater, long tongs or grabbers of some sort because I cant reach the bottom of the tank... yadda yadda

I have a 90g bow front, hubby and I are NOT DIYers... so this is actual retail price... Have had LR in it a week, it has had water and sand for 2.

Still a ways to go. I told hubby no more gifts we have to feed. =)
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:01 AM   #87
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If cost is a big concern, here is something I have discovered:

Don't go any wider than 2 feet. This keeps lighting the tank in a "resonable" cost range. I have a 37 cube that I have just added a new lighting system to at a cost of 220 dollars. If I went to say, a 50 gallon tank, the cost would be so prohibiitive that I would not be able to afford it.

smaller tanks also mean less Live Rock, less natural sand, smaller filtration system, etc. It's just a bit easier on the wallet. Of couse, you are greatly limited by what you can put in there, but with plenty of research, you will find fish that you love.
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Old 12-30-2005, 12:25 PM   #88
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I wish I would have seen it prior. I am hitting the $25k mark.
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Old 12-30-2005, 12:33 PM   #89
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Before I moved I had a 55 gal on the cheap.

55 gallon glass (used) came with HOB Filter $50
Wood Stand $100
Salt and testing equipment $40
Live sand from Boynton Beach, Florida 0$ (I know, but I did get a free crab lol)
about 10 pounds live rock $25
powerhead $10
Bio-wheel filter $60
3 Damsels $15
1 false percula clown $16
1 yellow tang $18
5-6 other fish that were not so lucky $50


Total $300

That was a FOWLR, now time to upgrade to full blown reef, gonna have to add a zero to my total.
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thats a pretty good way to look at it.

If you wanna go with a reef tank, add a zero to your estimate.

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