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Old 06-24-2009, 06:13 PM   #11
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IMO Find a local reef forum. People get rid of stuff quite often. I got a 180G setup that just needed livestock rock and salt to get it running for 1000. You can probably find a Reef Ready tank for under 300 thats over 50 Gallons. Reef ready tanks have the overflow built in.

Buy base rock and skip the canister. For the 150-200 you spend on a canister, the 100 or so LBS of dry rock will do better in the long run.

What kind of corals will you want to keep? High light corals or a mix of high and low.Theres metal halide, T5HO, PC and different variations of each to choose from.
If you go with a reef tank, I suggest having a sump/refugium to keep nitrate down. Also the sump can be used to hide a skimmer/ heater. A deep sand bed can also lower nitrate. All that you need to light it is a regular fluorescent.

Will you get an RODI unit as well? Where are you located so i can find a local reef club for you.
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I strongly agree with AMD. Our local club has been an amazing resource for used equipment, knowledge, and livestock.
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I agree with skipping the canister. LR and a skimmer is all that`s needed. A sump or a refuge is a plus.
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Thanks for all of the help and replies, AMDPhenomX4 to answer your question I live in West LA. My father and I will start looking around for a tank +stand/hood. After we find something I'm sure I will be back asking a million questions about plumbing and wether or not to add a refrigum and how to divide the sump and what not.
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How big of a tank do you want and how much do you want to spend on it?
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probably a 60-75 gallon tank, and no more than $ 500 on the tank+stand+hood if we are getting it used.
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If you have the ability to build a stand, you could probably get a new tank and hood for around that price. I've seen the perfecto 80 gal eurotank for $265 or a 125 gal at Petland discount for $275, mind you they are tanks only with no hood. Just a thought.
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Flameseeker... check out www.maslac.org. You should be able to easily find a tank within your price range through a club if not on CL. You're in one of the best places in the country for used aquaria!
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