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Old 05-06-2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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In 2-3 months i'm going to start a 20 gallon saltwater (I have to get $300 in alouance because i'm too young to work) i'm not going to put alot of coral in really i just want to start with anemones and small fish and then build up does anyone have tips to getting good deals on like protein skimmers and lights.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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There was a guy on here yesterday talking about the BRS site and getting a discount..just search BRS on the forum..you should see it.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:50 AM   #3
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:00 PM   #4
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The lighting requirement for an anemone is the highest. You will have to spend a fair amount of money for a quality lighting system.

AVOIND MARINELAND REEF light. They are in no way reef capable. Just throwing that out there.

+1 on craigslist. That worked for me. Ended up getting a system about 6 months old for less than 1/2 of new price. Plus all the live rock and some fish for free
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Do you already have the tank and nothing else? Tell us what you have and what you think you need. You could easily spend $300 on equipment before lighting anemones are not for beginners and need high lighting and excellent (stable) water parameters, most recommend 6months to a year wait before adding one. I don't believe you need a skimmer on that size tank but it would certainly help.
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I'm actually moving in a month so right now i don't have anything and i only have $28 so i have a long way to go but do you know a way to get money fast (i'm to young to get a job)
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:07 AM   #7
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Just slowly get thing by things because tanks can very expensive and if you want beginner corals try mushrooms or zooanthids
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As far as lighting, try to save as much as you can and get the new Acan 300 series light. It's around $200 if you can find it on sale.
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