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Old 02-18-2013, 08:18 AM   #11
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Great point, I would like to buy everything upfront once.

I was thinking I see tanks all over CL for cheap. So my thought was, if I buy a tank for $100 bucks, make the stand, buy a RO/DI for around $250, sump $250, protein skimmer $250, power heads, heating then I have all the big ticket items paid for $1,000.00

Initial big cost is lighting, then set it all up, buy live rock/sand, let that grow a few months on its own for ammonia reasons, let it cycle, then start it off

Total invested so far $1,500.00 with led lighting and live rock?

If I can spread that over a few months I can do it
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:03 AM   #12
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Great point, I would like to buy everything upfront once.

I was thinking I see tanks all over CL for cheap. So my thought was, if I buy a tank for $100 bucks, make the stand, buy a RO/DI for around $250, sump $250, protein skimmer $250, power heads, heating then I have all the big ticket items paid for $1,000.00

Initial big cost is lighting, then set it all up, buy live rock/sand, let that grow a few months on its own for ammonia reasons, let it cycle, then start it off

Total invested so far $1,500.00 with led lighting and live rock?

If I can spread that over a few months I can do it
you can make a sump for less then 250 just a tank with some baffles
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:12 AM   #13
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Let me try and toss some prices up for your list here.


I believe to start would be :

DYI stand: This will vary depending on how elaborate you want to get. $30-$100

Tank: This will really make or break you you can't go new with your budget. Look to CL for a deal. For just a tank it should be around $100

Lighting: For just fish you can use anything but I would plan on something for coral since everyone eventually will add them. Take a look at Reef Breeders LED Fixtures I use one of their photon32s over my 75 and it works great for anything you want to put in. Could also go with 2 value fixtures if you don't care for the controller. $450 for photon32 $360 for 2 values.

Filtration: This would be your skimmer. Get something rated for twice your tank size. Bubble Magus and Reef Octopus are 2 good brands. You do not need this at first and would be fine waiting on it. Around $200

Sump tank: Make your own out of whatever you can fit under your tank. 40 gallon breeder would be good. Around $50-60 depends on what you pay for the tank.

Substrate = sand: You want some kind of argonite. Skip the "live" sand its pointless. $40

Power heads: Korelia and Aqueon makes some nice options. $100

Heaters: $30

chillers ? My house is 77-78 year round, is that to warm?: As long as you don't get Metal Halide lights you should be fine without one.

RO/DI: You will need this bulkreefsupply has some good options. $130

Return pump: $80

Refractometer: $30

That is $1230 for what is there. Your cost will really depend on what kind of deal you can find on a tank.
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Another big expense is rock. You will want around 1 lb per gallon. Live rock can get pretty expensive, you can keep costs down by using half live rock half base rock.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:11 PM   #15
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I bought a 110 gal complete system with most bells and whistles for $800 of Craigslist. It was fully stocked with LR, a sump skimmer reactor 4xT5HO ATO and fish and cuc. It even included a stand although I didn't want it and built my own built-in stand/shelf.
Fully reef ready.

Right now a lady is selling a 40 gal BC also reef ready with everything above for $700.

You should be able to find a great used system if you are willing to wait and see.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:21 PM   #16
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Just make sure if you buy something off CL you water test it, or better yet buy one that's up and running already. I moved a 120 from about 40 miles from my house. It had everything with it and it was up and running when I got there to help break it down.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:46 PM   #17
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Thanks guys, I'm going to meet tonight to buy a 75 Gallon Rimless tank that was set up 6 months ago, everything brand new bought 6 months ago, and now they upgraded to a 120G tank, lol

It comes with a 75 gallon rimless tank,stand, mini G protein skimmer,9.5 mag pump ,30 gallon refugium, 2 hydor 550 powerheads and 4 bulb t5 light with moonlights

See the thread from CL here: 75 gallon rimless saltwater fishtank complete set up



Here's a You Tube Video I found, I LOVE this tank, 75G rimless, OMG, how much is all that reef stuff and fish you think he has invested?

75 Gallon Rimless Reef - YouTube
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Looks good. Like the video. Good luck with it
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If you get a chance keep those lights as a backup and get another set. I have them, they aren't bad, but the have been known to blow the ballast. That lights about 130.00 on eBay.

Also, it may look like they have fans in them, but they are simply vents and not fans.

Go with a more well known name.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:14 PM   #20
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Thanks !! I apprecaite any advise !! I'll use them for now, and maybe get LED in the new few months

I'm making a list now, I forgot I'll need to buy a RO/DI unit also

I'm paying $500 for everything, so I'm REALLY happy to start with such a nice set-up, and can start buying everything else

Looks like in a few weeks, I'll be able to get everything up and running , and add some live sand and live rock with dry rock, and let it sit for month to get going, cycle etc, before adding fish
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