Hey everyone. I'm strolling over from the tropical side of the boards b/c I've been looking into getting a reef tank set up for the past year and I could really use some advice right about now. I've been searching the recycler for some decent equipment, but can't really seem to find the right combination of stuff. So, I went to one of my good LFS
's and had them write up a quote for a new 80 gallon tank. This is the first quote I've had done and was wondering if you thought that this was reasonable set up and price. Here's the equipment that was on the list:
1 80 gallon tank (diamond cut glass)
1 Pine Stand
1 flip up hood (10" high"
2 fans (for air circulation in hood)
2 smaller pumps ( chose two small over one large for noise concerns)
1 20 gallon sump (w/ bubble traps etc...)
1 drilled overflow and 4 return lines
1 G2 protein skimmer
sterilizer (with easy clean feature)
enough live sand and live rock to fill the tank (~$700 total)
plumbing for everything
Total Price: ~$3,098.00
Does this sound about right? I chose not to got with MH
lights b/c of the heat concerns and b/c I didn't want to pay for a chiller. I can live without stony corals and the cool shimmer (even though it looks so cool
I chose glass b/c acrylic scratches way too easily.
Do I really need a UV
sterilizer? Is it worth it?
This is the most crucial step for me so any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks a million.
12 gallon Eclipse: 5 Cherry Barbs, 4 Columbian tetras, 4 amano shrimp, 1 one in. pleco,
30 gallon tall Eclipse II: 4 Praecox Rainbow Fish, 2 Australian Rainbowfish, 3 zebra snails, 2 Clown Loaches, 2 Congo Tetra, 2 Boesemani Rainbowfish, 1 Red Irian Rainbowfish, 1 Bronze Corydora, 1 Golden Panchax Killifish, 1 Aplocheilus lineolatus Killifish, 1 Common Pleco (~5 in.), 1 candystripe Pleco (~1 1/2 in.)
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