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Old 02-17-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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Cost of SW Tank set up?

Thanks to this great forum, I've had allot of help on my 40G Breeder FW tank set up, which is now up and running for 4 months, built the stand myself, and designed the whole tank myself, LED lighting etc, see here: 40G Breeder , Volcano's, LED Lights, Moon Lighting, DYI Stand !

I love my FW tank set up, and was wondering whats the cost of a SW tank set up, for a novice like myself? As you can see, I spent money on my 40G breeder tanks, using two LED lighting, Fuval 406 Canister filter etc

I like wider tanks, rather then tall and skinny, like a typical 55G tank, which I believe is only 12" wide

Is it possible to get a 75-90G , SW tank started up with LED lighting for say under $1,500.00 ?

I'm thinking 75G to 90G good size to start?

I also like the 45G bow tank

I believe the sump's run around $250?

Not sure what the cost of LED lights would be, from researching, I believe they need to be Watts a pc

Acrylic tank over glass to run the sump pump etc?

I don't like loud tanks, thats the reason I did the canister filter on the FW tank

Whats the energy cost each month on running a Sw Tank , with all these pumps etc running?

I believe to start would be :

DYI stand
Tank
Lighting
Filtration
Sump tank
Substrate = sand
Power heads
Heaters
chillers ? My house is 77-78 year round, is that to warm?

Thanks for your input, If a 75G or 90G is to much to start, and over whelming, I'd like to start with a 45G bow front tank maybe
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The big question is do you want corals or not? That will greatly increase the price of a setup.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:23 PM   #3
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Not with my first SW setup. Maybe after a year or two when I'm more comfortable

I really don't want to start off having $3K into something I don't fully understand and want to enjoy the hobby like I have the last few months

I'm so excited about this, as I can't imagine having a SW tank set up, and being successful at it as we'll.

I must have spent 25+ hours in the past several months researching SW tanks , thus is my first post into the adventure
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:29 PM   #4
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If your gonna do a fowlr (fish only with live rock) then it really won't cost much more then doing a FW setup unless you wanna start buying some extra bells and whistles for your tank. The big money comes when you start buying reef lighting, protein skimmers, and corals.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:02 AM   #5
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If your gonna do a fowlr (fish only with live rock) then it really won't cost much more then doing a FW setup unless you wanna start buying some extra bells and whistles for your tank. The big money comes when you start buying reef lighting, protein skimmers, and corals.
Also depending on the fish you want! And what types as well!
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Looks like SW tanks require a RO/BI set up? For water changes ?
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I'm in for $2200, including the intial cost of by 29G BioCube and stand.
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The big question is do you want corals or not? That will greatly increase the price of a setup.
That's the BIG question. You don't even wanna know what I'm into on my BC29 lol.
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That's the BIG question. You don't even wanna know what I'm into on my BC29 lol.
Same here!
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I'm so excited about this, as I can't imagine having a SW tank set up, and being successful at it as we'll.
I run a 120 SW a 55 SW and a 30 FW. I would say if you can start with a 90 do it. If you start it out as a FOWLR tank you can slowly change it into a reef tank. However, if your end result is to make a reef then I would build it with that in mind, ie lighting skimmer sump, etc. then when you wanna start making the change, your basically ready.
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